The Nation

on Dec 8, 2010 - 14:45 PM ET

President Obama has likely made more enemies than friends in his effort to sell the Republicans' tax cut for the rich in the last couple of days. Fellow Democrats and progressive commenters alike are buzzing over his "sanctimonious" remark, among other attempts to position himself as Washington's only adult. But in the effort to further cement his reputation as the great compromiser, he made a far more offensive remark yesterday that reveals just how much he...

Barack Obama, History, Taxes
on Dec 6, 2010 - 15:35 PM ET

The distance between reality and Capitol Hill has rarely felt so large as it does this week. It reaches about as far as the unemployment lines that are stretching across cities and states, where everyone from governors to college kids await congressional leadership on jobs. That’s a gulf of 15 million people, 2 million of whom will lose their jobless benefits by the New Year if Republicans don’t get their deficit-building tax cut for the richest Americans. Any...

Barack Obama, Taxes, Politics
on Nov 3, 2010 - 12:17 PM ET

Just weeks after his election, President Obama articulated how he understood his mandate. In defending his decision to tap Wall Street insiders to fix Wall Street, the president-elect declared himself the embodiment of change. "It comes from me," he insisted. Well, now Obama's got his chance to show and prove. Because if there will be any real economic reform in the next two years, it will come through the president using his administrative authority and bully...

Economy, Politics
on Oct 8, 2010 - 14:02 PM ET

It’s bad enough that Washington has done so little to create jobs. Now, we learn that lawmakers’ refusal to act is actively worsening the crisis.

According to the Labor Department, we lost another 95,000 jobs in September. Private sector jobs actually increased, if only slightly. But that slow improvement was overwhelmed by the fact that the public sector is shedding tens of thousands of jobs as Congress refuses to act. Last month, struggling state and...

Congress, Inequality, Economy, Politics
on Sep 17, 2010 - 15:43 PM ET

The maddening thing about Beltway political culture is not its oft-maligned partisan divide but rather its ever-present consensus that tomorrow will be better, when all evidence points to the contrary. American families have been spiraling in a steady and quickening economic decline for years, a devolution that did not begin with this recession and will not soon end without massive and sustained intervention. That hard truth is as plain as the troubling reality that few...

on Aug 27, 2010 - 15:54 PM ET

Cross-posted at ColorLines.com
Glenn Beck says it’s “divine providence” that his “Restoring Honor” rally coincides with the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Maybe so. It’s been a little over a year since the beer summit eclipsed the debate over whether health care is a fundamental right, and these past twelve months...