You can accuse Plouffe of being wrong in claiming that people won’t vote based on the percentage of unemployed — I tend to think it may loom in people’s minds. You can argue that it was a misstep in that the quote does sound tone-deaf when reproduced without the surrounding context, and it’s understandable why people would see it as insensitive when viewed without that context.
|By: Todd Tucker Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:40 am|
Todd Tucker with Public Citizen will be liveblogging the House Ways and Means Committee full committee hearing on the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, and job creation. You can find more details about the panelists scheduled to testify today at the Committee’s site at this link.
|By: masaccio Sunday October 3, 2010 12:45 pm|
Conservative economists say raising taxes will lead to lower employment. Low taxes already led to lower employment. With their track record, it’s probably safe to ignore them.
|By: Tracy Emblem Monday September 6, 2010 1:45 pm|
Over 14.9 million American workers remain unemployed. Americans must demand that economic policies provide the framework to create good paying jobs at home during the next decade with the least amount of outsourced labor and materials.
|By: masaccio Sunday July 25, 2010 10:30 am|
Conservatives hate John Maynard Keynes because he lacks proper deference towards massive accumulations of capital and the owners of that capital.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 16, 2010 3:15 pm|
The DNC is out with a new memo (PDF), short and worth reading, making the case that this November will not be as bad as 1994 was for Democrats or 2006 was for Republicans. It is an attempt to dispel the idea Democrats will lose control of the House.
|By: David Dayen Friday March 12, 2010 5:07 am|
Obviously it hasn’t run through the legislative wringer yet, but the Local Jobs For America Act proposed by House Education and Labor Secretary George Miller looks like an exceedingly good piece of policy. It would provides through the community development block grant program $100 billion dollars to create local jobs through state and municipal budgets. Miller claims he could create or save a million jobs with that money.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday February 2, 2010 6:01 am|
Congress has not yet seen fit to give Americans health care. But there’s a new health care battle heating up right in the middle of the jobs bills that will be the next focus of Congress.
|By: David Dayen Friday January 29, 2010 3:45 pm|
In Baltimore this morning, President Obama announced his proposal for a job creation tax credit for small business, which would spend $33 billion dollars trying to encourage hiring in the small business sector, where a majority of all job creation originates. This is combined with the $30 billion proposal for community banks to lend to small businesses, adding up to a serious commitment to the small business sector.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 30, 2009 6:20 pm|
An energy retrofit program would be a boon to the economy, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and could reduce barriers to entry for millions of Americans who would otherwise not see upgrades in their homes or places of business. But it has to be done in concert with a process that ensures such retrofits are accessible and allowable without blockage at the local level.