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Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. They claim they have an alternative, but their program has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.

Common Sense Takes Courage: The CPC Budget

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Amid the numbers, budgets display our values, what we consider important, what we consider fair, how we address our future. Taken together, the blizzard of numbers provides a pointillist portrait of the society we would build.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

Putting the 'Fair' Back Into Play

Irina Bokova | Posted 07.23.2013 | Sports
Irina Bokova

UNESCO offers a platform for collaboration and the sharing of good practices, to highlight the stakes involved and turn words into action.

Budgeting for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Lawrence Mishel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Mishel

Too often our recent macroeconomic policy decisions and debates have been steered by a misguided obsession with deficit reduction. Instead, as the Back to Work budget does, we need to let our nation's needs guide us and find the revenue sources and defense savings that enable us to achieve our goals.

How to Tell When Your Country Is Managing Its Riches Well

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals -- it has it all. New technologies are leading to even more discoveries. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust -- how do you know that's not going to happen?

How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure -- In Spite of Hurricane Sandy

Daniel Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Daniel Moss

Post-Sandy, New York City is awash with problems, but in most cases drinking water quality is not one of them.

Dear Governor Christie: Please Come Home to NJ and Sell the Higher Ed Bond Issue

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education
Gordon MacInnes

Governor Christie is the essential salesman for the bond issue. Taking credit for putting on the ballot doesn't count if it doesn't pass. The bond issue is the governor's to lose, and New Jersey can't afford for that to happen.

U.S. Students Lag, Struggle More Than Foreign Peers To Surpass Parents

Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance report has found that while the U.S. boasts high education at...

Dividends of a Progressive Vision for America

Joan Fitz-Gerald | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Joan Fitz-Gerald

When we talk about budget cuts as a solution to our economic woes, let's remember who will get left behind -- the next Jonas Salk, the next child who might someday cure cancer, the next great mind to solve our energy needs or feed the world.

A Five-Point Checklist To Prepare for Another Global Crisis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Imagine you are minister of finance in an average developing country. Suddenly you learn that a new global crisis may be looming in the horizon.

Solyndra's Failure Is No Reason to Abandon Federal Energy Innovation Policy

Devon Swezey | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Devon Swezey

With perfect hindsight, it's all too easy to see why Solyndra proved to be a bad bet.

Cary Kennedy Is a Great Choice for Denver's Chief Financial Officer

Ellen Dumm | Posted 09.13.2011 | Denver
Ellen Dumm

While the treasurer's position is not particularly high-profile or "sexy," it is critical. During one of the worst American economic meltdowns, Kennedy made smart, solid investments on behalf of taxpayers.

The Left Edge of the Possible

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

We need to take back our politics, so that what is sensible is also possible. Maybe, just maybe, events in Madison and elsewhere are the beginning of that process.

The Chamber of Commerce Wants Infrastructure? Prove It

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported President Obama's call for increased public investment in infrastructure. That's great. Now it's time they tell it to all those Tea Partiers.

Taxing Carbon As Part of Responsible, Progressive Fiscal Policy

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Despite conservative hysteria about the effects of a carbon price on the economy, the fact is that the amounts of money in question aren't that big in the context of the federal budget, much less the U.S. economy.

Obama Now Owns a Deficit Commission -- And Senator Simpson

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Progressives, read this presidential speech and get to work fighting for this vision of a federal budget that works.

Where Will the Jobs Come From?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert L. Borosage

Wall Street can produce another bubble, but that won't put the 15 million without jobs to work, one third of whom have been out of work for at least six months.

The New Red Ink Scare

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert L. Borosage

We've got a new red scare. Forget Glenn Beck. The fear isn't that America is going red, it's that it is in the red.

Nonsense Pronouncements About Budget Deficits

Robert H. Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert H. Frank

The two critical steps for thinking more clearly about budget deficits are: first, distinguish between the long run and the short run, and second: examine how borrowed money will be spent.

Will Obama Put Real Money on the Table for Clean Energy?

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

For those paying close attention, there was a nugget of critical energy and climate policy news buried at the tail end of a Saturday New York Times story focused on President Obama's budget plans.

Weekly Audit: Curbing Decline in 2009 (Economy NewsLadder)

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The first step in rebuilding a government that actually responds to problems before they reach the bailout stage will be Obama's highly anticipated economic recovery package.

The Trillion Dollar Scare Tactic

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Scher

Flashing a trillion dollar deficit bugaboo is a meaningless scare tactic. Let's have a real debate on the merits of the specific public investments proposed.