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Opinion: For Real Stimulus, Government Has to Stop Bailing Out the States

Friday, October 21, 2011

Reid and the Democrats are spinning this as a magic pill that will save tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, fire fighters and police. What they aren't saying is how the states that they want to bail out with this money are in far better shape fiscally than the federal government

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did It Work? The Stimulus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, continues his weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic  programs. This week: the stimulus, shovel ready, and our debt.

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Did it Work? The Stimulus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

But again that's kind of a defensive thing, saying it's not as bad as it could have been, and yet we still have 9.1 percent unemployment and the misery index at a high not seen since 1983, so all of this stuff is not quite comforting.

 Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek

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Was the Stimulus Good For America?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"When you build a bridge, when you build a canal, when you build a railroad, when you build the Hoover Dam in the 30s, when you look at all the infrastructure that was done, when you build an airport, that tends to pay dividends for years and decades to come in ways that people can't imagine."

-Dan Gross on The Brian Lehrer Show on September 29.

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Politics or Theater?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Budget season is always a drama. Every January the mayor proposes cuts that are staunchly opposed by various constituent groups. Public hearings are held in the City Council. Then, by the spring, the mayor issues a revised budget restoring some of the cuts and the Council votes. Some call it the annual "budget dance."

But this year's dance is more like a high-stakes version of "Dancing with the Stars." On one side, there's Mayor Bloomberg saying the city's perilous economy could force him to cut  23,000 jobs from city agencies - 15,000 of which would come from the Department of Education.

On the other side, there's the powerful United Federation of Teachers. Union President Randi Weingarten declared that by proposing so many layoffs in education, the mayor was using her members as "pawns" in a political feud with Albany. She said she hadn't seen such a drastic proposal since the layoffs of the 1970s, and she described the chaos the city went through then as a warning.

So what's going on? If there's new federal money on the way, why is Bloomberg proposing layoffs?