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Serial Job Killers: Conservative Economics

March 1, 2015
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I hope the next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a snide remark about out how taxing the wealthy or increasing workers’ wages are jobs killers or that they entice businesses to leave the state, please, do yourself a big favor and show them the FACTS below….not that facts have ever taken precedence over fear-mongering innuendo and generalities that are propagandized ad nauseum on Faux News 24/7. When Minnesota governor Mark Dayton took office in 2011, he inherited a$6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from his Republican predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, the soon-discarded Republican candidate for the presidency who called himself Minnesota’s first true fiscally-conservative governor in modern history. Pawlenty prided himself on never raising…

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Supply-Side Economics Implode; More to Come

February 25, 2015
By
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Call it the Laffer Curve, Reaganomics, Austerity, supply-side economics, the Pro-Growth Agenda; it was the same argument. We’ve been hearing it for over thirty years: “Cut income tax rates for the wealthy and supply-side prosperity follows.” There were national and international battles of course, but…

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I’m Begging You Hillary; Not Larry Summers!!

February 14, 2015
By
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According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers – who is emerging as a key economic adviser to Hillary Clinton  and succeeded Rubin as Secretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton—was the was also played an influential role in the American advised privatization of the economies of the Post-Soviet states,…

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Is Surrender to Misinformed Deniers Inevitable?

February 8, 2015
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As I seek to put some distance—both physically and in the amount of time I spend wondering how many times must Americans repeat mistakes and continue to expand the divides…

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Low-Wage Growth is Masking a Looming Disaster

January 23, 2015
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Something has been clear in every single Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report over the last several years: The growth in the number of jobs has largely been in…

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Dems Moaning, Repubs Smirking, What Now?

January 4, 2015
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With all the Democratic moaning and the Republican smirking, everyone seems to agree: Democrats were destroyed, once again, by the party’s own infamous, albeit typical, downright astonishing ineptitude at executing…

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My New Year’s Wish: Less Hyperbole More Solutions

December 29, 2014
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My high school English teacher was a spiteful, cranky, ok, I’ll say it, a down-right mean old coot of a woman. She had various aliases–“Iron Jaw” is the only one…

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Wanna Know How Politics Makes Us All Dumber?

December 16, 2014
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There’s a basic assumption that lies at the base of politics in the U.S. It hides just under the surface of every speech, editorial, article, essay, blog and talking-head “news”…

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Don’t Get Used to Low Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Lobbying

December 10, 2014
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(updated from October 22, 2014) Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised…

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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

December 7, 2014
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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

Washington has become so ineffective at addressing the preponderance of our nation’s problems—to the degree that it’s existence is almost irrelevant, and in some cases a downright threat to the…

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Will the U.S. Follow the GOP Into Great Depression 2.0?

November 24, 2014
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There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from George W. Bush’s Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new…

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Democrats Forget That Voters Want to Hear Candidates’ Narratives

November 17, 2014
By
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Apparently, post-election unanimity is that Democrats were missing a narrative that connects progressive and populist policies to how it will benefit, “a broad economic message to enthuse supporters…” according to…

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Disrespect for President Obama Causes Contempt for All Americans

November 10, 2014
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Not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political party, supported their president, the United States was viewed as a mecca for the best and brightest the world had…

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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

October 30, 2014
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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

Let me be brutally honest; if the Democrats lose like they’re supposed to lose according to polls, they have nobody to blame but themselves. With the GOP’s intensely anti-Main Street…

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Purchasing Power Initiative

By Dr. Richard Paul Recently, many people have been discussing the Pros and Cons of increasing the Minimum Wage. Both sides have some great debates…

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