FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dean Baker, Getting Back To Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 1:59 pm

In 2009 there was the Keynesian moment. With the economy shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, with the financial system imploding and GDP crashing, the US government stepped in with a stimulus bill designed to get spending started, to boost the states, and to invest for the long-term. At a spending level nowhere near the challenged, President Obama still managed to oversell what it would deliver. By 2010, with unemployment still high, Democrats would silently walk away from the entire endeavour.

This lead to the counter-Keynesian assault of 2011-2012, politically lead by the Tea Party in Congress.

Forgetting the Poor While Arguing About the Rich

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 9:00 am

All the handwringing over the fiscal cliff has centered on the “job creators” and the “middle class,” but the last time I checked, there was a non-trivial segment of the US population that falls into neither of these categories: the poor.

And yet, the DC chattering class doesn’t notice the difference between these two, nor address the separate needs of these two goups.

Obama Now Joined by Romney in Leftward Feint on Taxes

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 1:00 pm

How can you tell when an idea is really popular across the political spectrum? When both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president feel they must give it at least lip service in order to attract voters. So it is with the idea that rich people should pay taxes.

Americans See Republicans As the Party of the Rich

By: Monday August 27, 2012 12:20 pm

The American people overwhelming perceive the Republican party as the party of the rich. According to a new Pew Research poll, 63 percent think the GOP favors the wealthy while just 23 percent think it favors the middle class, and almost no one thinks the party favors the poor. By comparison there is a more equal distribution regarding what income group people think the Democratic party favors.

The Romney Boathouse Is a Lot Nicer Than That Dump You Live In

By: Monday July 2, 2012 2:45 pm

La Famiglia Romney has migrated to their Northern Compound in New Hampshire (because who wants to be in La Jolla in July? Ick) for summertime hijinks and they are having awesome compulsory family fun because Mitt and Ann are all patriarchal/matriarchal that way.

Romney Seen As the Candidate for the Rich by the Rich

By: Friday May 25, 2012 11:06 am

Mitt Romney is firmly viewed as the candidate of the rich and not the middle class according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. A remarkable 65 percent think Romney would do the most to advance the economic interests of the wealthiest Americans. In comparison, less than a quarter of voters think President Obama would do the most to help enrich those already very wealthy.

Mitt Romney Equals Rich

By: Friday March 23, 2012 5:05 pm

When people hear the name Mitt Romney the most common real descriptive word that springs to people’s mind is “rich,” just behind “no/no way.” If you treat “rich” and “wealthy” as basically the same response, then it is by far the most common concept people use to describe Romney. This is a big swing from earlier in the primary season when Romney was primarily associated with his Mormon faith and almost no one primarily associated him with his huge wealth.

Romney Again Reminds Everyone He is Absurdly Rich

By: Monday February 27, 2012 10:20 am

It seems Mitt Romney really can’t help it. At every turn he accidentally reminds people just how incredible rich he really is. Even when Romney is trying to connect with regular Americans over what should be a broadly popular non-political issue, he still manages to slip in a line again reminding everyone he is absurdly richer than almost everyone else.

Poll: Goverment Does Too Little to Help Regular People; Too Much for the Rich

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 4:20 pm

This particular poll result from Pew Research does a very good job of encapsulating the mood of the country and revealing why the 99 percent movement has managed to gain so much steam over the past month and a half. In these economic hard times strong majorities say that the government doesn’t do enough for regular people such as seniors, the middle class, poor people and children. Yet an overwhelming 64 percent of the country instead feels our government does too much to help the wealthy.

The Myth of Military Contracting

By: Saturday October 29, 2011 3:25 pm

The war industry stood back with glee when it released a shoddy study that produced the sought-after deceptive headlines about defense spending, the magic sauce of job creation. There was no balance to these reports, and the War Industry should know, because they funded it!

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