Greentech Industries Imperiled by Anti-Stimulus, Removal of Federal Supports

By: Friday September 21, 2012 5:00 pm

One of the highlights of the stimulus package, according to Michael Grunwald’s book The New New Deal, was the $90 billion in investment in green energy. This kick-started a moribund industry and more than doubled the output of renewables as a percentage of overall energy.

What it did not do is secure the place of renewables in the US energy mix.


Paul Ryan’s Willingness to Lie Becomes Apparent Just One Week Into National Campaign

By: Friday August 17, 2012 12:00 pm

Paul Ryan, like all House Republicans, voted against the stimulus package. Then Paul Ryan, like a bunch of House Republicans, wrote letters to federal agencies requesting stimulus funds for his district. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this – if there’s money on the table, you’re not doing your job as a legislator unless you try to grab some of it – but it does smack of hypocrisy. That’s especially true if you deny writing the letters and then get presented with them

Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal: Private Investigator Ordered to Reveal Who Gave Hacking Orders

By: Friday August 19, 2011 4:00 pm

A court has ordered Glenn Mulcaire to disclose information on who gave him the order to hack the phones of Elle Macpherson and at least five other public individuals, including a Liberal Democrat deputy leader. The Guardian reports, “Mulcaire has lost an attempt to appeal against a court order obliging him to identify who instructed him to hack the phones, something he has resisted since February.” Mulcaire worked for News International and was jailed for phone hacking in 2007.

Boehner’s Fraudulent Economic Speech Savaged, Agenda Criticized by Catholic Academics

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 1:10 pm

John Boehner’s demands on raising the debt limit, an action he has already pledged to take both publicly and privately on numerous occasions, are clearly ridiculous. They also have nothing to do with reducing debt, because the rigid stance against tax increases means that under his plan the budget would add $5 trillion to the debt over the next decade. The goal is to cut spending enough to pay for lower taxes for the rich, and that’s pretty much it.

So, it’s perhaps not worth pointing out that Boehner’s economic claims are ahistorical and fallacious. But Bloomberg does it anyway.

In Tax-Cut Capitulation, House Democrats Again Redefine Pathetic

By: Friday December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

The House Democratic caucus is truly pathetic. They are, in fact, so pathetic that I’ve been forced to use a thesaurus to find new ways of describing their pathetic behavior: weak, impotent, pitiful, feeble and toothless. Last night, they again folded completely and passed the Senate’s version of the Obama-McConnell tax deal–as is–even though only a week earlier the House Democratic caucus voted to reject the deal.

LaHood Threatens to Take High Speed Rail Stimulus from OH, WI

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 7:45 am

We’ve seen this game of chicken play out over the past two years, with governors who appear far more ideologically committed than Walker and Ohio Governor-elect John Kasich. Rick Perry, Mark Sanford and even Sarah Palin all made rumblings about not accepting stimulus funds, and they all buckled in the end. Walker and Kasich appear sincere about killing the rail projects, but now that LaHood has told them that the money is “use it or lose it,” let’s watch and enjoy.

Stimulus Comes In With Little or No Fraud, On Time, Under Budget

By: Friday October 1, 2010 5:15 pm

The stimulus actually proves the point that only job creation will balance the budget while contractionary measures won’t; more Democrats should be crowing about the stimulus, while insisting that more gets done. It’s a tricky two-step, but also a necessary one.

Obama Announces Billion Dollar Broadband Investment

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 6:00 pm

The President announced 66 nationwide broadband projects, as part of the Recovery Act, that will increase high-speed Internet access to, according to the press release “tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools in all fifty states.” But the administration needs to get moving on these projects rather than dribbling them out.

“President” Brown Pushes Stimulus-Financed Bill as Cover for Denying UI Extension

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 11:45 am

After finding out what President Scott Brown is thinking with regards to financial reform, I’m sure you’re waiting with bated breath to hear his thoughts on unemployment insurance.

Obama Asks for $50 Billion in Additional Stimulus

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 12:30 pm

In the clearest indication yet that the White House believes the economy needs more stimulus to keep the recovery going, President Barack Obama sent a letter to the Congressional leadership of both parties, begging that they add into upcoming bills measures to keep poor people on their health insurance and aid struggling state and local budgets.

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