Overwhelmingly the American people think job creation, not deficit reduction, should be top priority in Washington. Not surprising, with millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed, regular people are far more concerned about a serious immediate problem rather than a possible future issue.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 3, 2013 9:25 am|
|By: Dean Baker Monday February 18, 2013 8:13 am|
Robert Samuelson is convinced that the U.S. economy is suffering from psychological problems
|By: Peterr Saturday November 3, 2012 9:00 am|
The latest jobs report is out, painting a picture of an economy slowly climbing out of a major crater. As the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said right at the top of their final report, things did not have to be this way. This was an avoidable crisis, and it was exacerbated by risky and illegal business practices, regulatory failures, and systemic problems related to oversight and accountability.
While the top race on next Tuesday’s ballot will surely affect how things move forward next year, it’s the lower level races that have the potential for really moving things in a new direction in DC. There’s a big crater that still needs to be filled, and getting local officials in office who are willing to scream for accountability, for regulation, and for good government that addresses the needs of the people is probably the most direct way I can help.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday January 27, 2012 3:10 pm|
If the US fought for the post-carbon economy the way it fights for nebulous state-building goals in foreign wars, the future would be brighter, cleaner, safer and cheaper, with more jobs and perhaps – because it would need to secure less of that foreign oil -fewer wars. If the country built new classrooms with the same urgency it built armored vehicles, more American teens could be choosing between colleges instead of choosing between minimum and sub-minimum wage jobs – and fewer would eventually need public assistance. If the government spent more on blackboards and less on bullets, it would create more jobs today and more innovation in the future.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 18, 2011 9:00 am|
With unemployment still high and job growth anemic, finding jobs for Americans should be the top priority of our elected officials. To deal with this serious crisis, I propose the creation of a National Cooperative Administration to encourage the creation of worker-owned businesses.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 23, 2011 7:50 am|
CBS News has released a new poll and, not surprisingly, with official unemployment around nine percent, it found that an overwhelming 51 percent of Americans said jobs/economy is the most important problem facing the country. By comparison, the national debt comes in second with a mere seven percent of Americans saying it is the most important problem, followed by health care with five percent.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday January 26, 2011 8:40 am|
Fresh off Obama imploring the country to “win the [vaguely defined, and definitely not defined as preventing climate change] future,” Calculated Risk has a new chart, showing the decline in unemployment by state. It’s useful to show not just which states are unemployment clusterfucks (Michigan remains near the top, though CA and FL passed it in overall unemployment last month), but also where it’s getting better.
|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: Michael Whitney Wednesday December 15, 2010 4:00 pm|
>Tonight is the kickoff of the “Steel on Wheels” tour, featuring MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Nucor Steel CEO Dan DiMicco, who are leading a “Get America Working” townhall in Seneca Falls, NY – the home of the Suffrage Movement and the inspiration for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The townhall is designed to start a “Jobs Movement” that tackles what Ratigan labels as the four biggest obstacles to job creation. You can watch the townhall live here starting at 7pm EST.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 4, 2010 9:00 am|
The stimulus package passed earlier this year provided $750 million for the National Park Service to address infrastructure and deferred maintenance. That’s a pittance, compared with the need — and the state parks are in even worse shape because of state budgets.
Closing parks, even sporadically, hits the local economies of the neighboring areas hard. On the other hand, spending money to revitalize the parks brings back jobs in large numbers. Hopefully some of the dusty heads in DC will get a clue.
Meanwhile, enjoy the parks this weekend. If you can.