Still A Disconnect

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For many months, I’ve been very skeptical about the regular jobs reports that are fairly upbeat in the way they describe the economy. I still feel that way, though the direction is certainly better than say right during the post-financial crisis months.

Short-Lived Euphoria

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   I feel like I’m in the middle of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier movie. You know, when the entity masquerading as God talks a good game and is …

You Can’t Make This Up

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   You want contrast? I’ve got a doozy for you this morning. Check out these two contrasting developments. First, no surprise, the economy isn’t growing…duh: The economy grew less than …

Stimulus Misdirection

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    In the past few days, there has been mounting discussion in the political class about some sort of "stimulus package" that should be conjured up in Congress to try …

Stimulus Misdirection

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    In the past few days, there has been mounting discussion in the political class about some sort of "stimulus package" that should be conjured up in Congress to try …

Small Step For Minimum Wage

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Catching up to this so you’all may know about this…busy weekend…From The Wall Street Journal yesterday: Democrats Move Ahead On Minimum-Wage Rise By DAVID ROGERSApril 21, 2007; Page A3 WASHINGTON …

No Wonder People Are In Debt

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Louis Uchitelle has a strong and heart-breaking story about the choices auto workers are having to make as tens of thousands of them leave the industry–the largest exodus of workers …

Trade Deficits, Job Cuts

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Here are two related issues: the trade deficit and the announcement today that Chrysler was cutting 13,000 jobs. First, the record trade deficits (from The New York Times): WASHINGTON, Feb. …

Tax Cuts Are Like Fish…

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Well, I was just paraphrasing a good headline from the Economic Policy Institute (imagine that…a snappy headline from the staid but smart folks over there…keep it up). A few days …

The Nonsense About Tax Cuts

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Not surprisingly, the minimum wage passed the House yesterday with an overwhelming vote: 315-116. Joining all Democrats were 82 Republicans who were smart enough, even if they detest the idea …

A Ten-Step Economic Program

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Since I never indulge in New Year’s resolutions, I thought, instead, it would be worth drawing up an economic to-do list for the Democratic leaders. It would be a guidepost …

More on the Education Lie

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Lo and behold, I just get finished writing about the phony promise of education as our economic salvation and, down from the mountaintop, drops a new report from—get this cool …

The Education Myth

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Over and over again, the people of our country hear that the solution to inadequate wages, disappearing heath care, vanishing pensions, and staggering personal debt is quite simple: get educated. …