Obama’s Debate Challenge: Identifying an Actual Agenda

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 9:21 am

We sadly don’t have a media that disqualifies candidates for using bogus math or flawed studies (though Romney skirts that line). We do have a public which has waited patiently for the economy to improve. Though consumer confidence has ticked up, as well as the outlook for the economic future, the public still expects candidates for Presidents to have some plan, especially when there remains a fragility to the economic picture.

Warren’s Success: A Politician Actually Fighting for Jobs

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Elizabeth Warren had what by all accounts was a solid debate performance last night, punctuated by a pivotal moment where Warren ripped aside the moderate mask Scott Brown has been trying to wear this whole campaign. He tried to come across as a staunch defender of women’s rights, but Warren would have none of it, [...]

Game-Planning the Proper Economic Response in the Lame Duck Session

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 10:10 am

With the three-stage grand bargain rocket in assembly, it’s worth stepping back and figuring out what the optimal policy would be as we head down the fiscal slope. In other words, what’s the counterpoint to slashing spending and the social safety net in exchange for a modicum of tax increases? And what’s the best way [...]

Obama Continues to Accept Debt Crisis Frame

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 8:15 am

Republicans have gone all-in on their “redistributionist” attack on President Obama, which will work about as well as the last time they tried it, in 2008 with Joe the Plumber. If anything, it will reinforce the desire to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a popular policy. Before they pulled out a quote from 1998, [...]

The Orphaned Campaign: Jobs Crisis Goes Undiscussed

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 8:26 am

Today’s statistics showing a continued decline in median income and the rise of US inequality has clear links to the crisis of mass unemployment that has gripped this country since 2008. Jobs have not come back to a serious degree, and those that have are of poorer quality with lower pay. This is the issue [...]

Democrats Point to Gridlocked Congress for Blame on Jobs Woes

By: Friday June 1, 2012 1:51 pm

Democrats don’t really have a good way to spin the poor May jobs report and the stall speed of the latest attempt at recovery. I thought Alan Krueger, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was fairly restrained in his remarks. But Krueger also hints at what the Administration and other Democrats brought up, [...]

Obama Brings Back the American Jobs Act From the Mothballs

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 9:46 am

Perhaps showing concern about the softening economic forecasts of recent months, President Obama has provided a to-do list for Congress that would, in his words, “create jobs and help restore middle class security.” The to-do list includes several ideas from the American Jobs Act and subsequent legislation proposals announced in recent months. They include: 1) [...]

Deal on Payroll Tax/UI Bill To Get Vote Within Days

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 6:28 am

Negotiators say they have a deal on a $150 billion bill to extend the payroll tax cut, some unemployment insurance benefits and the “doc fix” to the end of the year, a bill that will sacrifice some health care prevention money, several weeks of unemployment eligibility, and at the very end, pension contributions for new [...]

California Faces $13 Billion Budget Deficit Next Year, as State Fiscal Crisis Continues

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 11:33 am

If you look at the economic statistics, what should cause the most worry for policymakers is the troubling bifurcation between private sector and public sector jobs. The private sector hasn’t created jobs at a spectacular or even a good pace, but they’ve seen modest, sustained growth for 20 straight months. By contrast, the public sector [...]

Senate Advances Veterans Hiring Measure, 3% Withholding Bill

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 8:15 am

The sort-of jobs measure announced Friday by Democrats had it all: paeans to veterans, tax breaks for businesses, an elimination of leverage for tax compliance with government contractors. Something for everyone in Washington, in other words. Which is why it advanced in the Senate by a vote of 94-1. In a 94-1 roll call, senators [...]

Senate Democrats Attach Veterans Hiring Initiative to 3% Withholding Bill

By: Monday November 7, 2011 7:37 am

The latest in a series of jobs measures that will get a Senate vote offers a twist on what we’ve seen over the past several weeks. First of all, the bill is not paid for with a surtax on millionaires. Democrats have enough votes from their counterparts on that for their point to be made. [...]

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