Five Big Opportunities on the Economy Obama Missed

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:32 am

One of the most frustrating things about having a two-party dominated political system, especially in the heat of an election, is that many important points get ignored if they don’t fit the partisan paradigm. One of the best examples is the impoverished debate about Obama’s record on the economy. The only arguments most people hear [...]

Why We Should Never Have Messed Around with the Payroll Tax

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 8:04 am

When the payroll tax was first proposed last year I thought it was an inherently bad idea. While the economy needed a stimulus, it should never have taken the form of messing with the basic social contract that is the foundation of our social safety net. Democrats supporting a cut in the payroll tax, even [...]

Stimulus Doesn’t Need to Come in the Form of One Big Omnibus Bill

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 1:29 pm

When writers like Jonathan Chait claim President Obama shouldn’t be blamed for not passing enough stimulus at the begin of his term, their standard go-to defense is that there is no way Obama could have gotten the Senate to pass a version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with a price tag [...]

Number of Uninsured Up Again This Year

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 1:38 pm

The percentage of Americans who don’t have health insurance continues to grow slowly, increasing slightly since last year according to the latest data from Gallup. An average of 16.8% of all American adults were uninsured in the first half of 2011, similar to the 16.4% in 2010. This percentage, however, has been edging up each [...]

Obama Delivers Mixed Messages on Deficits and Spending with Worse than Mixed Results

By: Monday December 6, 2010 10:59 am

After months of actively signaling weakness on extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich, President Obama is about to reach a “compromise.” According to reports, it sounds like the compromise with be a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts for all, a year-long extension of unemployment insurance, and an extension of some of [...]

In These Sorry Times, Boehner Owes Geithner and Summers a Big Apology

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 4:04 pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has recently called on President Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers. Now I don’t know how Boehner’s mother raised him, but where I come from, that behavior would be considered downright rude. Where is the gratitude? I think John [...]

Is the White House Angry That the “Professional Left” Keeps Getting Proven Right?

By: Monday August 16, 2010 11:05 am

The White House obsession with criticizing the “professional left” comes from one harsh truth: that the left has been right on major issues from health care to the stimulus.

Obama Leads the Way on Lobbyist Transparency

By: Friday January 29, 2010 7:41 am

Per the Hill, the White House is asking for tougher restrictions on lobbyists just as the President said in the State of the Union speech the other night. Which is a very good thing.

Is The Republican Strategy For 2010 Working?

By: Friday November 6, 2009 10:20 am

One year out from the midterm election the Republican strategy for 2010 is starting to come into focus, and it looks like it might just work. The Republicans seem to have decided that they have no hope flipping the new “Obama voters.” The young people, African Americans, and Hispanics that don’t historically have not voted [...]