Back to the Future

Seventy-six years ago, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for re-election in a time of crisis. The question has been raised in today in moneylife magazine, Can Obama do a FDR? Click on FDR to hear what President Roosevelt had to say about the forces behind inequity for hard-working Americans in 1936. I think you’ll agree [...]

The Republicans’ Agenda

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you’re not convinced about the Republican Party’s agenda for the current legislative session, listen up. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the shot after the 2010 congressional mid-term election.  His goal for the next two years, he said, was to ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term president. I [...]

Enough About Osama Bin Laden

Once in a while I come across a blog post so powerful that I can’t just condense and link to it. It has to be seen in full. This is one of those posts. Enough About Osama Bin Laden. When Will Wall Street Crooks Go To Jail? Where Are The Jobs? by: Hillbilly Sat May [...]

What’s Next?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Yesterday’s election results left no doubt that  economic recovery is #1 on the voters’ agenda.  Here’s a rule politicians would do well to memorize: When people aren’t thinking with their hormones, they’re thinking with their wallets. Now we have a House of Representatives that thinks the way to recovery consists of [...]

If they’re in charge, what happens to you?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson After weeks during which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (not to be confused with the lunch bunch in your home town, a group of local shopkeepers and independent business people who have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be you) has pumped millions of dollars into attack ads [...]

Lewison: Slash Jobs, Get a Raise

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I have more to say about fresh produce and children, but it can wait. This post, by someone whose opinions always make sense to me and whose way of expressing them I admire, is more important. Jed Lewison’s explanation of why our economy is how it is and what needs [...]

Government Failure, Grassroots Success

By Daphne Bishop This summer brought us the Senate’s egregious failure to pass a comprehensive climate change bill. But it also witnessed a burgeoning collaborative effort to ride the “wave of the future,” and get down to the nitty gritty of building an economy that is not tied to fossil fuels or fossilized ways of [...]

Ohio Uses Stimulus to Create Jobs, Improve Communities

Posted with permission from PolicyinPractice.org and the law firm of Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP Last week Ohio reported that between October 31 and December 31, 2009 over 20,000 jobs have been created or retained as a direct result of the stimulus funding.  This funding, provided at a critical time has made the difference to Ohio’s [...]

Public Jobs Option: Put It on the Table

By Peter B. Klejna Going into the December 3 Jobs Summit, President Obama declared that he was ready to consider all available options. But his administration has not placed an emergency public jobs program on the table. This imperils the millions of able American workers facing years of unemployment. Economists say that the nation is [...]

What recovery?

By Debra Kozikowski Front page news in today’s New York Times confirmed that American workers continue to lose ground when it comes to finding a job.  David Leonhardt reports that more than 1 in 6 American workers were either unemployed or underemployed. This reflects a broader, which many analysts and financial experts agree, more realistic measure of the effective rate [...]