Obama Job Policies Missing on the Jobs Part in the Short Term

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 8:10 am

Weekly unemployment claims came in lower this week, but the Labor Day holiday may have caused a delay in reporting. At any rate, the number isn’t low enough to suggest real job gains. And the raft of policies the Obama Administration proposed this week, aside from being unlikely to pass Congress, seem to be structured [...]

Obama Not Ruling Things Out

By: Thursday September 9, 2010 7:12 am

In the past 24 hours, I have witnessed the President and key advisors leaving their options open on a variety of fronts. You understand their priorities, and their unwillingness to get boxed in on a particular issue, when you see this. First example: Social Security. The President again vowed never to privatize Social Security in [...]

White House Aide Jason Furman Defends Obama Economic Proposals

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 2:09 pm

On a series of conference calls with reporters and bloggers, Jason Furman, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, defended the series of tax breaks and infrastructure investments that make up the White House’s new jobs package as both a short-term way to boost the economy and draw contrast with a Republican platform stuck [...]