The More Things Stay the Same

By: Sunday July 10, 2011 5:20 pm

Instead of being “surprised” by the June (lack of) Jobs Report, it seems the economists were “stunned” by the numbers.


The Very Serious People Missing the Interconnectedness of Everything

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 6:27 pm

Unemployment is officially at 9.1% (roughly 14M people) and underemployment is nearly double that. Social Security has been one of if not the most effective government program of all time, yet all we hear out of Washington is how there must be “shared sacrifices” (from all but the very richest of us of course) so Social Security must be “on the table” for budget discussions, even though Social Security has not contributed one dime to the “problems” with the budget.

A PROGRESSIVE APPROACH TO FEDERAL BUDGETING: Or, Can One Take Billionaire Pete Peterson’s Money and Remain Progressive?

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 11:30 am

Yves Smith set off a firestorm in her criticism of several progressive groups that have joined forces with Pete Peterson to whip up deficit hysteria. There are three issues that need to be addressed.

More Blame US Wars than Medicare or Social Security for Deficit

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 9:10 am

More Americans say that the cost of war has contributed a “great deal” to the deficit (60%), as opposed to those who say the same about domestic spending (24%) in a recent Pew poll.

Speaking Truth to Power

By: Monday June 6, 2011 11:35 am

A blog post published last week on Naked Capitalism raises an interesting question – what exactly is the Roosevelt legacy? For us at the Roosevelt Institute, we believe it is based in engaging in dialogue and promoting progressive people and ideas. It is also about encouraging young people to get involved in public service and public policy debates.

On Fauxgressive Rationalizations of Selling Out to Powerful, Moneyed Backers

By: Sunday June 5, 2011 6:00 am

I’m surprised that my post, “Bribes Work: How Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security, Bought the Roosevelt Name” has created a bit of a firestorm within what passes for the left wing political blogosphere. It has elicited responses from Andy Rich of the Roosevelt Institute, Roosevelt Institute fellow Mike Konczal, as well as two groups only mentioned in passing in the piece, the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Come Saturday Morning: The Washington Post Wants You to Starve to Death

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 6:30 am

Support on Capitol Hill for saving Social Security must be stronger than I thought: Pete Peterson’s flying monkeys are working overtime dropping dungbombs on anyone who opposes gutting the government program that lifted elderly Americans out of the grinding poverty that was their standard fate before 1935.

Meow! Pete Peterson’s NYT, WaPo Pawns Pushing Previously-Debunked Catfood Lies

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 5:41 pm

Ho-hum. Another day, another set of Peterson patsies explaining yet again why Grandma must starve so that their billionaire bosses and their buddies can keep their twenty-odd homes in the Hamptons and Hobe Sound.

With Social Security Under Attack, Can Harry Be a Hero?

By: Friday January 21, 2011 6:59 am

At a Peter Peterson deficit fest last spring President Clinton said: “I wanted to cut Social Security, but they wouldn’t let me.” In 10 years, maybe President Obama will be able to say the same thing.

Et tu, Sheila Bair?

By: Friday November 26, 2010 12:00 pm

Sheila Bair, Chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is supposedly one of the few at least halfway sensible federal regulators who actually warned about the banks’ risky behavior and maintains a healthy skepticism of the laissez faire ideology that shielded their predatory behavior both before and after it tanked the US and Western economies.

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