Economy

Though President Obama used the event to declare that “women are not a voting bloc,” it’s clear that the White House had the election in mind when it released a new report Friday on women and girls. It was a time to celebrate all the administration’s done for women in its...
04/09/2012
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The 120,000 jobs added in the month of March present the weakest job growth since October 2011, delighting those who would prefer that Americans remain out of work until the elections in November, and confounding economists who fear that the unseasonably warm winter interfered with data analysis....
04/09/2012
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When the banking system reached the precipice of a total collapse in 2008, the U.S. government bailed it out with direct cash infusions as well as a system rigged to allow the banks to “earn” their way out of the mess. They were allowed to borrow for nothing and the Fed jacked up...
04/09/2012
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The United States has a revenue problem. Taxes at all levels of government are too low to balance budgets and, more important, to ensure America’s future prosperity and cope with an aging population. While many political and policy leaders argue that future revenues should reflect “...
04/09/2012
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Last week’s debate on the floor of the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act reignited a substantially more lively, if not bipolar, public conversation about healthcare in our country. Conservatives pontificated about freedom and the sanctity of the constitution...
04/05/2012
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Whenever oil prices increase and the trip to the pump becomes noticeably more painful, the mantra is repeated over and again: prices are set by supply and demand and the only remedy is to change that relationship. The right trots out its favorite slogan, “drill baby drill,” to the...
04/04/2012
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For the most part, public sector employment has undergone a massive and wasteful gutting over the course of the recession -- in 2011 alone, 22,0000 public sector jobs were cut every single month, sucking money out of the economy and adding to overall unemployment. But a new report from the Urban...
04/04/2012
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Maury High School in Norfolk. Credit: Virginian PilotJoe Biden addressed students at Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia this morning about the promise of a college education. Part inspiration and part policy stump speech, the vice president laid down some...
04/03/2012
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The competing plans proposed by California's Jerry Brown and Molly Munger (both "committed liberals," says the hometown paper) are a rare thing: two distinct visions of how to raise revenue and strengthen essential state programs. Both the governor and Ms. Munger, daughter of the illustrious...
04/03/2012
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Republicans concluded long ago that granting a path to citizenship to the undocumented would hurt their electoral prospects dramatically. A widely publicized report published in 2001 by the Center for Immigration Studies noted that “high levels of immigration have been a boon for Democrats...
04/02/2012
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