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The number of unemployed people available per open job used to be seven; now it's around four.
Conservatives who would like to bash Obama on the economy are having an awfully hard time right now, as the recovery proceeds apace.
In recent remarks, Ben Bernanke showed that he’s not at all swept up in optimism about recent improvements—he’s particularly on point regarding continued weaknesses in the job market—and he clearly cites all the reasons to keep pressing on monetary stimulus.
If the national minimum wage isn't raised again soon, it will only increase the growing problem of wage inequality.
Restorers Lucia (left) and Monserrat work on a painting in Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology on Sept. 20, 2019.
If the Bush tax cuts expire on schedule, the drag to the still-too-weak economy from the reduction in after-tax income would mean less buying power for a lot of families and that would send the unemployment rate back up past 9 percent.
What Romney seems to have meant is that he believes the least-well-off are amply provided for by the safety net. Too bad he wants to shred it.
The trickle-down, de-regulatory agenda presumes that the growth chain starts at the top of the wealth scale and “trickles down” to those at the middle and the bottom of that scale. Problem is, that’s not how it works
Instead of raising taxes, cities and states are balancing their budgets by laying off teachers, cops, maintenance workers. The loss of state and local jobs slows fiscal growth for everyone.
Housing is the one area of policy with the greatest potential to actually move the needle on the economy
The growth rate was 2.8 percent, slightly below expectations but an okay boost nevertheless.
Mitt Romney hasn't done anything wrong in paying a low tax rate. What’s wrong is the tax system itself—by favoring investment income, the excessive use of pass-throughs, and subsidizing debt financing.
Obama's SOTU speech called for lawmakers to “build on the momentum we’ve got right now" by creating incentives for manufacturers, skills for workers, jobs in fossil fuel extraction and clean energy innovation, all financed by a fairer tax code.
Mitt Romney is proposing deep spending cuts that would cap federal spending at 20 percent GDP. That means slashing Social Security benefits and pushing 2.6 million additional Americans into poverty.
Rick Perry's candidacy failed almost entirely on the weakness of his debate performances, while Newt Gingrich's is thriving on the strength of his. One problem: a good debater doesn't necessarily make a good president.
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