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Debt, Deficits, and Demographics

  • By Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
November 19, 2012

For much of the last three decades, policy debates in the United States have been dominated by a quixotic concern about deficits, debt, and demographics. This concern has distracted policy from fundamental economic issues that have much more direct bearing on economic well-being, most notably the growth (and bursting) of the housing bubble in the last decade. While large deficits can have a negative impact on economic growth, this impact has been hugely misrepresented in public debates.

The Sidebar: The Lame Duck Session

November 16, 2012
Marc Goldwein and Tamar Jacoby discuss two political issues that are gaining traction in the lame duck session: avoiding the fiscal cliff and tackling immigration reform. Konstantin Kakaes hosts.

Raising American Wages...by Raising American Wages

  • By Ron Unz, The American Conservative
November 15, 2012

With Americans still trapped in the fifth year of our Great Recession, and median personal income having been essentially stagnant for forty years, perhaps we should finally admit that decades of economic policies have largely failed.

Monopolies: Antitrust Law Protects Consumers, Not Competitors

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
October 16, 2012 |

As we gear up for the presidential debates tonight, it’s worth reflecting on the presidential debates from exactly one hundred years ago.

Lind: Is America Still a Land of Great Promise?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2012 |

Is America still a land of promise?

The biblical metaphor was used in 1785 by George Washington, who described the new United States as a "second land of promise." More than a century later, the progressive journalist Herbert Croly wrote: "From the beginning the Land of Democracy has been figured as the Land of Promise."

ALC 2012: The Impact of the Great Recession on Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

October 2, 2012
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Though the Assets Learning Conference is now more than a week past, one session that has stuck with me dealt with The Great Recession and its Impact on Wealth in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color. Through deftly interwoven presentations from the Urban Institute, Woodstock Institute, and Ohio State University (moderated by the U.S.

Central Banks Have Made Their Moves -- What's Next?

September 27, 2012

by Jay Pelosky

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post.


Who Stole the American Dream?

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

The promise of a prosperous middle-class life with decent work, rising living standards, and the potential for a better future has long been the foundation of the American dream. But as America continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession, it has become clear that the middle class is in jeopardy – and many of the policies of the last 40 years are to blame.

Asset Building News Week, August 13 - 17

August 17, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include poverty in politics, financial services, and asset poverty.

America’s Emerging Growth Story

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2012


I.  Overview
II.  The Story Begins with Oil & Gas
III.  Job Creation and Investment
IV.  The Catalyst for a Manufacturing Revival
V.  The Rise of New Industries
VI.  Shoring up America’s Fiscal Position
VII.  Infrastructure Investment is the Missing Piece of the Story
VIII.  Serious Obstacles Remain

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