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Bipartisanship (is) for Dummies

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

The idea that we can turn this economy around by caving to the feckless demands of those who screwed it up in the first place is utterly bankrupt.

Dems (and Obama) Are Losing the Economic Argument: They May Also Lose the Economy

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

By shifting the debate from wishful thinking to sound economics, prospects rise for effective policy decisions now and in the future, and doing the debate right is as important as the policy itself.

Creating Jobs Is Not "Wasteful"

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

America voted for a change of direction last November, not more of the same. Republicans should listen to the American people and work in a bi-partisan fashion to help get our country on the road to recovery.

Republicans Looking to Strip Health Care, Education provisions from recovery - Make the Call!

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

Conservatives will be pushing for increased tax cuts for business and the rich, including tax cuts that benefit multi-national companies with large foreign holdings.

Weekly Audit: Stimulus Stagnation Economy NewsLadder

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The Media Consortium

One of the left's major problems with the stimulus package: the corporate "net operating loss carryback" giveaway.

Democrats Need to Frame the Stimulus Better

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama has proposed a tax cut on payroll taxes. Republicans are against it, and even have taken to calling it "welfare." Excuse me? Welfare? Tax cuts are now welfare in Republicanland?

Democrats in Congress Need to Learn How to Lead

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I am losing patience with congressional Democrats' innate instinct to capitulate, something that has been evident since the November 2006 mid-term elections.

Dow Zero: The Republican Plan for Prosperity

David Misch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
David Misch

Tax cuts frighten our enemies by showing that the United States is so determined to improve the lives of its largest taxpayers that it will forgo revenue in a time of economic crisis.

Republicans in the House Are Behaving Like the Collapse of Bush's Policies Never Happened

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Republicans are free to oppose Obama's solutions to the financial mess if they think they have better ideas, merely advocating the old failed policies should not be tolerated.

House GOP Tries to Raise Money Off Opposing Economic Help for Everyone Else

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Republicans still have done nothing to accept responsibility for their own conservative failures. Their proposed alternative is literally more of the same Bush tax cuts that helped create the current mess.

Rethinking the Stimulus

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Measures included in the stimulus bill should be the beginnings of a new policy regime that works to include more Americans in the middle class, not a passing reprieve in a time of economic gloom.

Obama Goes A-Courtin'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Hang on a minute, guys -- 'When the economy's bad, you need tax cuts.' Aren't you the same folks who used to say 'When the economy's good, you need tax cuts'?"

All Tax Cuts are Not Created Equal

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Is Obama so intent on his goal of passing his economic stimulus plan with at least 20-25 Republican votes in the Senate that he will sacrifice good policy for consensus?

What About Welfare?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

The present plan includes tax cuts that will benefit even those too poor to pay taxes, and includes $4 billion for child care services for low-income families.

Sam Stein

Dems Defend Tax Cuts While Calling Them Ineffective | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of the highest-profile Democrats in Congress argued on Sunday that when it comes to the economic stimulus package, spending projects will do more ...

Message to Obama: Drop Limbaugh from your Rolodex

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama doesn't need to create straw man Limbaugh -- he already has kissed the ring of Republican leaders in Congress.

Obama's Tax Plans Will be up Against a Lot

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

Low incomes are what defines a Third World economy. High incomes are what power and define a First World, prosperous, economy.

Stimulus Plans Don't Work

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

Spending is the problem that caused this crisis in the first place. We cannot fix the problem using more of its root cause.

Worse Than We Thought: Unemployment Numbers May be 10-15% Higher than Stated

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

The numbers also fail to consider the number of individuals employed in the shadow economy who have become unemployed as a result of the economic downturn.

Disorganized Dems? Or Democracy In Action?

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Scher

There is a real media bias -- a bias towards conflict, which leads towards sensationalism instead of clear-eyed analysis.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi Parts With Obama Over Bush Tax Cuts | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she wants to see the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy repealed "as early as possible." The call fo...

The Greatest Ponzi Scheme of All Time

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

When the President came into office, there were about 278 million people living in America. The national debt was $5.6 trillion. Now there are 307 million of us. The national debt is $10.6 trillion.

How to End the Recession

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

What should be intuitively clear is that spending is no way to repair our woes. Indeed, spending irresponsibly is exactly what got us in the current lugubrious position.

The Price of Consensus: Obama and Congressional Republicans

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In policy terms, the economy needs exactly what Obama calls for -- swift and bold action. But inviting Republicans into the discussions insures only one thing -- delay.

Tax Credits vs. Spending: Why Progressives Should Care How the Stimulus is Delivered

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

From a progressive perspective, does the use of tax credit represent a political compromise that will limit the potential for the stimulus to seed more substantial policy change?