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les-aucoin's picture
Nov.30.2011
Democrats and liberal candidates, take off the frigging gloves! When the Republicans running against us for Congress—or the presidency—pledge themselves to Grover Norquist’s “No-Tax” pledge, they have preemptively disqualified themselves from taking the federal oath of office. That oath states [...
susan-brown's picture
Nov.19.2011
Seriously. I was talking to a friend about this last week because we'd both seen a facebook thing comparing political pay to military pay.  The implication of the piece was that political pay is too high. I think it's too low.  I want our senators and representatives to make a bundle, and...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Sep.19.2011
     No matter how hard they search, Democrats in Congress can’t find any coat tails under Obama’s mummy bandages. And they have yet to recover from the horror of watching helplessly last week as voters in New York City bestowed a congressional seat on a Republican. By a wide margin...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Sep.14.2011
     Republican strategists figure if we can just lay off enough schoolteachers, firemen, librarians and safety inspectors, the economy will come roaring back. Also, instead of relying on Medicare, seniors should just go out and make their own deals with insurance companies and it...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.14.2011
Public policy should be driven by a few essential questions: Who are we? What do we stand for? How do we want to be remembered; what is our legacy to the future? These foundational questions underpin this second essay on the jobs plan we need. Before you dismiss this out of hand as absurdly...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.11.2011
After seeing the economy bleed jobs for so long, it was hard to watch without ambivalence as President Obama finally rose on Thursday to call for a transfusion of public funds for job creation. I felt some measure of relief: at last, our national leaders are paying attention to the suffering...
roscoe-herring's picture
Aug.23.2011
Re-set...increase consumer credit scores by "X" number of points. Many people are not buying because they can't get anything approved. Much of this has to do with bad banking and mortgage deals that went bad at no fault of the consumer. Congress should determine the number (X) perhaps based on an...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Aug.11.2011
Philip Levine, named as the next poet laureate, worked grunt jobs in the Detroit auto plants before developing his voice, and again and again he's called on his blue-collar experiences to create wonderful poetry. In my youth I also worked the kind of grunt jobs that Mr. Levine used as material,...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Aug.06.2011
    Apparently it's not such a good idea after all for Tea Party bozos who have no understanding of economics to call the shots on fiscal policy, although it's hard to take the S&P downgrade that seriously when you consider it contained a $2 trillion math error. Seems like a mighty big error,...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Aug.02.2011
I've been thinking about it steadily since a friend said it a week ago. "I know it sounds far-out, but I think they're blackmailing Obama. I think they took him aside right after the election and said that if he wanted his family to live out his term, he'd better toe the line." My friend...