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Infrastructure

Your Best Investment

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

Congratulations! Today is your opportunity to make one of the most important and meaningful investments available. We are confident that this prospec...

Conservatives Call For Massive Deficits To Create JOBS

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. Saying that the Obama "sti...

The Power of Networks: Effecting Greater Impact in the Social Change Movement

Ellen Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Friedman

At a recent conference, activists discussed how the future of social change movement rests in how we network our individual efforts with one another to create more coordinated and unified action.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: "We've Made Some Progress, But We Need to Do More"

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cynthia Gordy

Since signing the Recovery Act last year, President Barack Obama has touted the law's funding for transportation and infrastructure as an efficient wa...

Ten Million Jobs Needed - Ten Million Jobs That Need Doing

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

It's called the infrastructure deficit. Right around 1981 we stopped improving the country's infrastructure and even started to defer maintaining it. We started "living off the seed corn." Now it is all catching up to us.

Reagan Revolution Home To Roost: America Is Crumbling

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The money that should have been invested in maintaining and modernizing our infrastructure instead has gone to a few wealthy people at the top of the food chain. And now we're collectively crumbling.

Stimulus Shifts To Reverse -- Where Is The Congress?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. The stimulus is running ou...

The Green They Steal, the Greed They Wear ...a St. Patrick's Day Lamentation

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Moore

Wall Street owns "our" Congress lock, stock and big barrel o' campaign cash. What we call the "democratic process" is mostly a sham, pretty words that get repeated in the hopes we will all still fall for it.

Mass Transit and a Public Works Pilgrimage to Hoover Dam

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Hoover Dam, transportation and Los Angeles -- for me it's all about well conceived infrastructure and a vision of what is possible.

Govt Spending: JOBS Today, Payoffs For Years To Come

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

Village Green: Constructing a City Around the Concept of Happiness

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
F. Kaid Benfield

“With our limited resources, we have to invent other ways to measure success. This might mean that all kids have access to sports facilit...

Progressives and the Deficit

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It would be easy for progressives -- even with the best of intentions -- to fumble the growing debate on the federal deficit. Here are six rules for how to approach the issue in the months ahead.

Recovery Act in Action: Tracking the Ripples

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Thanks to the Recovery Act, there are hundreds of thousands of teachers in classrooms, police on the beat, construction workers fixing our infrastructure, engineers building the the smart grid, and much more.

Cost Of Tax Cuts Catching Up To Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The consequences of decades of cutbacks are arriving. The rest of the world leaps ahead of us. It's not going to get any better until we start asking corporations and the wealthy to pitch in and pay back

Rebuilding America From Ore to Assembly

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

We need to start thinking and acting differently if we want to extricate ourselves from the malaise that ails us. A public works project here in LA is an excellent start.

Friedman on Competitiveness: Identifies Problem, Offers Exactly Wrong Solution

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

America's habit of deferring maintenance on its infrastructure goes beyond crumbling buildings and slow trains -- in the long term, we'll fall behind the rest of the world in our ability to compete economically.

Preaching to the Choir: Metro and 30/10 Revisited

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With a tip of my Metro cap to Bob Dylan for his special telling of the sacrifice of Isaac, over the weekend I took a virtual drive out on Highway 61. ...

Public Space = Public Health

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In a city with many neighborhoods starved for public space, CicLAvia promotes a creative way to make over LA for a few hours a week by converting city streets to pedestrian thoroughfares.

Create Real Jobs That Pay Off: Update Our 1970s Infrastructure

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

One legacy of Reagan's tax cuts is that we stopped maintaining our infrastructure. As a result there's a lot of work that needs doing. And there are a very, very large number of unemployed people. Hmmm...

Addressing America's Aging Infrastructure

Michael Deane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Deane

Collectively working towards the implementation of meaningful infrastructure solutions can be the finest example of the American entrepreneurial spirit in generations.

Band-Aids, Bipartisanship and Baby-Steps: How Not to Deal With a Jobs Crisis

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Does anyone believe that we would be facing the same lack of urgency about the jobs crisis in Washington if it were the unemployment rate among the top 10 percent that was 31 percent?

Paying For Tax Cuts At The Top By Cutting Pensions For The Rest

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The trouble all started when we dramatically cut taxes on the rich, and at the same time raised taxes on everyone else, saying the money would be used to pay for peoples' retirement. However, that money instead was used to defer the damage caused by the tax cuts for the rich.

Obama's First Year: Stimulating?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

It is clear that the stimulus bill delivered a lot of economic boost, and will continue to have a strong effect through 2010.

States Can Pick Up the Stimulus Slack

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

States can't do traditional deficit spending. But they can do precisely what we need most: put bond measures on ballots that would create capacity-building, capital projects and put people to work.

I'll Have a BRT With the Sepulveda Pass

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Every time I go over that damn Pass there's something missing for me. And that something is a light rail line running up the center divide of the freeway.