Category Archives: Economic Policy

The Issues of 2016: Employment and the Economy

This week, Hillary Clinton responded to a particular Republican’s notion that in order to achieve economic growth, workers need to put in more hours. Now, you may have heard Governor Bush say last week that Americans just need to work longer hours. – Read the full article

Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Good Cop/Bad Cop and Racism

Lead Story ♀ The women of New Horizons’ Pluto flyby Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.” Abortion & Reproductive Rights ♀ Who’s Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Video? – Read the full article

How’s That Midterm Change Working Out For You America?

You might recall that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, fresh off of their midterm successes, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal where they declared: Looking ahead to the next Congress, we will honor the voters’ trust by focusing, first, on jobs and the economy. – Read the full article

Another “New” Same Old Republican Plan for America

If Republicans weren’t so damned pathetic, they’d actually be funny. The Latest Republican “Contract With America”/ “Path to Prosperity” type thingie has arrived, this time it’s called “Principles for American Renewal”. They’re really good at coming up with names for these declarations, just lousy at ever accomplishing anything in them; in fact, they tend to do precisely the opposite. – Read the full article

President Obama’s Little Noted But Epic Win

The passage through the house and senate of a clean debt limit increase bill has exposed deep divisions in the Republican party.  Ted Cruz’ stunt forcing Republican Senate leaders to vote in favor of allowing the vote to proceed has only earned Cruz deeper enmity from his side of the aisle.   – Read the full article

Check Out the Website by Lucas Kawa: Business in Canada

Lucas Kawa, former writer for All Things Democrat and Business Insider, recently co-founded the website Business in Canada. Details from the BIC About page: Business in Canada (BiC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to produce high-quality and market-centric Canadian content to raise the profile, perception, and understanding of Canadian businesses and the economy both domestically and abroad. – Read the full article

Just Who Are The Job Creators? Hint: Not Who Republicans Say

Henry Blodget is the CEO of Business Insider, a site that has over 25 million visitors a month. Simply put, Blodget’s resume as a financial analyst, and success in the world of business is impressive. Blodget has written a column for Business Insider that succinctly defines who is and who is not responsible for job creation in the American economy.  – Read the full article

Pope Francis Officially Wins Me Over

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 11/26/2013 In a document described as a roadmap for issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis took direct aim at the fundamental economic theory of the modern conservative movement. – Read the full article

I Guess That Makes Me A Sociopath Then…

Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum notes the awful poll numbers for Republicans following the government shutdown:  Ted Cruz and his fellow tea partiers have done tremendous damage to the Republican Party brand. If I were sociopathic and didn’t care about my country, it would almost be enough to make me hope that they do it again a little closer to Election Day.   – Read the full article

Squish Goes The Cooch

Recent polling in the race for Virginia Governor has consistently shown Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli (aka The Cooch). When word got around that Cuccinelli would be appearing with Ted Cruz Saturday evening the McAuliffe campaign pounced. Virginia is chock full of folks who rely upon a well-functioning federal government, from federal employees in Northern Virginia to current military members and retirees at various bases across the state. – Read the full article

Only the Empty-Headed Will Fall For Republicans’ Half-Empty Table

I understand that Teapublitarian voters are a bunch of mindless rubes, but does Eric Cantor think the rest of America is just as stupid? This is a picture Cantor tweeted Tuesday morning, along with a few responses, courtesy of  Mediaite: Cantor’s not fooling anyone who has a fully functioning brain. – Read the full article

The Looming Shutdown: Some Random Thoughts

As the nation approaches the deadline to keep funding the government with no solution in sight, I have had a few random thoughts bouncing around that I’ll just toss out there for consideration. Shutting down the federal government should be perceived as a major achievement of the modern conservative movement. – Read the full article