President Obama's State of the Union address should center on the joblessness, falling real wages, economic insecurity, and widening inequality that continue to dog the nation, Reich writes.
Work and family tax credits are needlessly complex for immigrant families whose children's legal status and residency determine their eligibility those credits, Maag writes.
Right now the central challenge is to reignite the economy, Reich writes, getting jobs back, improving wages, and restoring growth.
Although Gov. Jerry Brown has pronounced California's "did the impossible" with its balanced budget, the state is still in miserable condition. Like the federal government, it has to make some hard choices going forward. And voters need to make an extra effort to participate in state politics.
Some on the left are defining successful deficit reduction too modestly, Penner writes, threatening to leave future fiscal policy perilously constrained.