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The Stimulus Bill Was Small Relative to the New Deal: My Unsuccessful Efforts to Get the WashPost to Set the Record Straight

Much of the economic policy discussion over the next few months will be about how to stop the bleeding in the financial sector, and then, how to prevent it from happening again.  Understandably so. Paul Krugman is not alone, however,...

Prominent Economists Endorse Employee Free Choice Act

  Lots of distinguished names on this list of signatories endorsing the Employee Free Choice Act (scroll down below the article for the full list).  Notable for their absence are Krugman and Stiglitz--perhaps a fellow denizen knows the stories there. ...

Rec'd reading: The China Price, by Alexandra Harney

I'd like to see this book get as widespread attention as possible.  It is an engagingly reported look at working conditions in the south China industrial factories, which appears to be balanced and should help to ground discussion about our and other countries' policies...

On the Lack of Engagement of Invited Book Club Contributors

Some good comments in the book club discussion this week on Andrew Bacevich's book, both by invited contributors and cafe denizens.   It could be so much better if Michael Klare, Bacevich, and others would engage with us riffraff.  Evidently they can't...

Bipartisanship, the Stimulus Bill, and Dealing with Bad-Faith Hill Republicans

Oversimplifying somewhat, there are two basic reasons for the White House and the Democratic Congressional leadership to be open to accepting ideas/requests for changes from individual or groups of Congressional Republicans to a bill they are trying to move....

Dean Baker, Plus FDR and New Deal Reading

At the cafe we are fortunate enough to be able to read Dean Baker regularly.  But if you are looking for a nice summary, for others as well as yourself, of his explanations of the stock market and housing bubble bursts, and how...

Labor Secretary Musings

What I'm hearing is Bonior declines when people push him, saying it's time for a younger generation to lead the labor movement charge for the feds.  He has reportedly been pushing Mary Beth Maxwell, about whom I know very little. ...

Obama Omnipresent

Overheard in downtown DC this morning: "They should just put Obama's likeness on the dollar bill and get it over with."  (spoken during a conversation in which the ubiquitous presence of his likeness these days was alluded to.) ...

New York's Next Senator

There were <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2008/12/the-note-120508.html">rumors</a> floating around earlier today that Caroline Kennedy might be selected to replace Hillary Clinton as New York's next Senator.  I am among the many who have a really high opinion of Caroline Kennedy and would be delighted...

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