Obama’s Debate Challenge: Identifying an Actual Agenda

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 11:34 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 3:05 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, highlighting Brown’s votes against equal pay and women’s health.

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

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 2:45 pm

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 to that goal?

Obama Continues to Accept Debt Crisis Frame

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 9:45 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.

Democrats Point to Gridlocked Congress for Blame on Jobs Woes

By: Friday June 1, 2012 3:37 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.

Obama Brings Back the American Jobs Act from the Mothballs

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:00 pm

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, but there’s a curious omission.

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

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 9:59 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 federal employees.

Senate Democrats Attach Veterans Hiring Initiative to 3% Withholding Bill

By: Monday November 7, 2011 12:14 pm

Democrats are planning to attach a veteran’s hiring preference, one of the original remaining pieces of the Obama Jobs Bill, to a House-passed bill that repeals a law requiring 3 percent withholding from federal contractors. These people aren’t serious.

Another Jobs Program Poised to Fail Due to Senate GOP Obstructionism Today

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 8:40 am

At the time that the American Jobs Act was announced, it was clear that it would only have value as a rhetorical measure, to delineate between one side trying to put people back to work and the other side protecting millionaires. That does seem to be working in a broad sense. The White House even put it in infographic form. Of course, that doesn’t do much for the long-term unemployed.

Jobs Measures Doomed, Shutdown Looms: Your Congress in 2011

By: Tuesday November 1, 2011 2:50 pm

Regardless of the strategy pursued by the White House and Democratic Congressional leadership, here’s what’s going to happen: there will be no jobs bills because of GOP obstruction, and Republicans will bring the country to the verge of a government shutdown. Again.

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