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A False Dichotomy

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

There are a lot of good criticisms that can be made regarding the need to overhaul a sclerotic public sector, but starting such discussions with the assumption that one can neatly divide the populace between makers and takers is rank nonsense.

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Sandy and the Importance of Government

David Morris | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
David Morris

When disasters hit, the government is the only agent with the authority and capacity to marshal and mobilize resources sufficient to the undertaking

Dawn of the Data Age: Jake Porway, DataKind and the Future of Decision-Making

Jereme Bivins | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Jereme Bivins

What if the same technology that helps power my movie recommendations could help us better allocate resources for public education? Or highlight areas vulnerable to natural disaster? Or even just help our organizations find the right funders?

The Attack on Green Energy

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

By delegitimizing government and its capacities, conservatives have made it impossible to conduct a serious analysis of the role of government in developing renewables and the conditions under which private sector participation might make sense.

AFT Survey Finds State Employees With Union Representation Have Significant Wage Advantage

Posted 10.19.2012 | Education

The American Federation of Teachers public employees division recently issued its annual "State Employee Compensation Survey," which determined that e...

The Second Debate: In Pursuit of Women Voters

David Coates | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
David Coates

One of the most telling questions in the second debate focused on the gender pay gap: asking in what ways the candidates would "rectify the inequalities in the workplace. The Romney answer was an embarrassment and the president could have said more.

Debates Should Probe Romney's Economic Insanity

Karl Frisch | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Is it any wonder that Republicans have become the Party of 'no'? If they had said yes, our unemployment might be in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 percent by now and the president would be kicking Mitt Romney's rear end even more thoroughly than he is already.

Everything I Learned in Life I Didn't Learn in College

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.20.2012 | Small Business
Dylan Kendall

Hollywood Arts used arts-based learning to mainstream homeless and foster care youth over the age of 18. Our goal was, among other things, to prepare our students for higher education and we partnered with the local community college to help facilitate this.

Need More Jobs? Revive the Public Sector

John Tirman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

Lessons from the tough neighborhoods of Rio and Johannesburg also have meaning for the United States. One of the consequences of the severe budget cuts the GOP envisions under the Ryan plan is a growing disconnect between communities and government.

There Is Only One Economy

Seth Korman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Seth Korman

Both candidates are intelligent individuals who understand that both government and private enterprise serve fundamental roles in our society and, in the last century, have together produced the most vibrant, creative and productive economy that the world has ever known.

Smaller Government Equals Fewer Jobs For Women

Sarah Damaske | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Sarah Damaske

Job creation plans from every candidate need to take women's paid work -- and the sectors in which they are likely to find work, such as state and local governments -- more seriously if we are to build a stronger economy for tomorrow.

How Public Sector Jobs Beget Private Sector Ones

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It's nuts to maintain that the government doesn't create jobs. It creates millions of them, and we very much need them if we're going to educate kids, drink water, put out fires, have public safety, etc. But public sector jobs also create private sector jobs. It's all connected, man.

If Our Enemies Will Stop Lying About Us, We Will Stop Telling the Truth About Them

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Though he attracted ridicule from the right for saying it (and what could he say that wouldn't attract ridicule from the right?), the president is cor...

5 Myths About Public Employee Pensions

Harold Schaitberger | Posted 09.10.2012 | Money
Harold Schaitberger

About 10,000 Americans a day are turning 65 years old. While Wall Street's 401(k) plans have done nothing to help retirees enjoy their golden years, defined benefit plans are the best way to support retirees and allow them to continue to contribute to their local economies.

Waiting for Lefty

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is willing to have the federal government spend more money. But he has partly bought the story that deficit reduction has to come first. The Republicans would further gut the public sector. Contrary to the conventional view that deficit reduction would somehow "restore confidence" and increase business investment, that's not how economies work. Businesses invest when they see customers with open wallets. Though the Congressional Budget Office projects higher growth returning around 2014, it bases these projections on a "return to trend." There is no plausible story about where the higher growth will come from. If we don't get a drastic change in policy, we will be stuck in this rut for a generation or more.

A Wake Up Call for Obama

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

The wake-up call is to get out, get into the mud, and see and feel what it is like on the ground with the masses of America. While he is at it, he should tell them in plain language what he promises them for their future of optimism.

Teacher Torment

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

Do we need to hire more teachers? We do, especially if you believe that class size has an impact on learning, if you believe that teachers make important contributions to society, if you believe that universities are not businesses.

Romney Mocks Obama For Wanting 'More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

After saying President Barack Obama does not care about the private sector, Mitt Romney on Friday dismissed unemployment in the public sector, saying ...

TSA Mission: Impossible?

Steve Ressler | Posted 07.25.2012 | Travel
Steve Ressler

A former TSA administrator says two major changes would create better -- and less frustrating -- airport security.

The Bisectoralists: Competing in a Global Era

Bruce W. Jentleson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Bruce W. Jentleson

Enough of the cross-demonization of the public and private sectors. Each needs to do better in its own domain, and they need to do better together. Revitalizing domestically and competing globally will require nothing less.

Before They Were Famous: Celebrities Who Were Once Federal Workers

Joseph A. Beaudoin | Posted 05.04.2012 | Celebrity
Joseph A. Beaudoin

Even though you don't hear about their work every day, that's not to say you've never heard of some of America's federal employees! Who are these famous former feds?

Oops! Company Accidentally Fires Huge Number Of Workers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

More than 1,000 employees at one British company likely had at least one unnecessary panic attack among them on Friday. Some 1,300 workers receive...

The 10 Worst Jobs In The United States

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

One of the nearly 13 million Americans looking for work? You might want to think twice before applying to these jobs. Fewer employment opportuniti...

Unleash the Privateers

Phil Shanks | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Phil Shanks

The small and medium sector, our privateers, remain becalmed by the lack of bank finance and unable to join the battle. I am confident that it is safe to unleash them yet again, put some wind in their sails and reap the benefits.