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How CBO’s minimum wage analysis changes the debate

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Policies that destroy jobs are bad. Let’s instead maximize the opportunities for people at all levels of education, skills and abilities to find work.

Posted in economy, labor

For every working American

I’ll let President Obama’s words and CBO’s analyses speak for themselves. THE PRESIDENT: … that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining

Posted in economy, labor

Ladder vs. Safety net

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There is no free lunch here. Do you want a stronger ladder or a higher safety net?

Posted in economy, health, labor

Two presidential errors on unemployment insurance

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Last week President Obama said: But there’s an economic case for [extending additional unemployment insurance benefits], as well. Independent economists have shown that extending emergency unemployment insurance actually helps the economy, actually creates new jobs.  When folks like Katherine have

Posted in budget, economy, labor

Why stop at $9? A $90 minimum wage

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Congress should reject the President’s proposal and in doing so maximize job opportunities for teenagers, high school dropouts, new immigrants and other low-skilled workers.

Posted in economy, labor

How to avoid shafting future retirees & creating another bailout

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The best way to stop taxpayer bailouts is not to block the bailout after the catastrophe has occurred, it’s to avoid creating the catastrophe in the first place.

Posted in budget, economy, financial, labor, taxes

The 10 most important American economic policy issues of 2010

Here is my view of the 10 most important American economic policy issues of 2010. 1.  The weak U.S. macroeconomy In 2010 a weak macroeconomy once again swamped in importance all other economic policy issues.  Forecasters had predicted a tough

Posted in budget, climate, economy, energy, financial, health, housing, industry, int'l, labor, seniors, taxes

No such thing as shovel-ready projects

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Election season should not excuse the Administration from justifying its proposals as sound policy.

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Posted in budget, economy, labor

President Obama vs. the Christie Principle of Shared Sacrifice

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I’ll label this the Christie Principle of Shared Sacrifice: At all times, and especially during a difficult economy, it is unfair for those who run government, and those who receive paychecks from government, to exempt themselves from the difficult financial decisions that other private citizens are required to make.

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Posted in budget, energy, labor

No sale to the press corps on unemployment insurance

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While the President will win the vote on Unemployment Insurance, he lost the debate.

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Posted in economy, labor
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