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In my 40 years covering economics and finance, I've never seen a more alarming disconnect between the economic and the political — or higher stakes. There was an astonishing harmonic convergence Tuesday at a Washington conference on the nation’s economic and fiscal future. Martin Feldstein, Ronald...
10/06/2010
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Obama's team pushes Europeans to not abandon economic stimulus, while failing in America In part, this general outbreak of austerity is the price that Obama is paying for giving too much attention to deficit-reduction at home, and not enough to jobs. The administration's own embrace of austerity,...
06/27/2010
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Progressive communities are the key solution to the failing political economy The prioritization of economic growth and economic values is at the root of the systemic failures and resulting crises America is now experiencing. Today, the reigning policy orientation holds that the path to greater...
05/28/2010
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Young adults have an enormous stake in the financial regulatory reform debate. They have paid a high price for a banking crisis caused by lax regulation, and their economic futures will depend on rebuilding strong public structures for financial regulation going forward. This briefing paper...
05/20/2010
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I. Pros and Cons An industrial policy or strategy can be broadly defined as anything the government does to redirect the free market. Anytime a government consciously favors some economic activities over others it is engaging in industrial policymaking. To its supporters, it simply means aiding a...
08/18/2009
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President Obama has three big tasks if he is to get the economy on a path to recovery. One is massive public spending. The second is getting a banking system functioning again. And third is stemming the cycle of home foreclosures.
03/03/2009
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President-Elect Obama wants an economic stimulus bill on his desk when he takes office. But first he will need to contend with naysayers and win over public opinion so that he can bring along wavering legislators.
12/25/2008
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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner argues that only major spending and a New-Deal style recovery package can save the American economy.
10/07/2008
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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner debates J.D. Foster over how Congress could improve the bailout bill and how much spending is required to jump-start the economy.
09/29/2008
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Many citizens are anxious not just about the security of their jobs and adequacy of their incomes, but also about related issues: high levels of credit card debt, healthcare and childcare costs, and the affordability of homes and college tuition. These day-to-day worries are increasingly...
08/05/2004
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