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Obama’s Missing Economic Narrative

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2011 |

Over the next 14 months, Barack Obama may well save his presidency. But he didn't begin that effort tonight. Obama outlined a jobs bill. It may be a good one. What he didn't outline was a story that connects that jobs bill to the economic crisis we've been facing for almost three years.

Obama laid out a solution, but he didn't define the problem: He didn't talk about the causes of the economic crisis, and the reason it has lasted so long. He also didn't talk much about his past efforts at stimulating the economy.

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The Intellectual Collapse of Left and Right

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
August 23, 2011 |

Democrats and Republicans alike are failing to convince the American people that they have the answer to their country's problems. Underneath, however, lies a deeper intellectual confusion. The two most plausible visions developed by the US centre-left and centre-right – the "knowledge economy" and the "ownership society" – lie in tatters, leaving a void in America's discussion of its economic future.

Debt Deal: We Can, and Must, Do Better

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
August 2, 2011 |

Picture a negotiation with your boss that goes something like this:

You walk in with dynamite strapped to your body and demand a raise.

Nope, he says, no raise -- that's off the table.

Fine, you say, then I am not going to do any work.

I can take that, he says, as long as it goes hand in hand with no benefits for you.

All righty then, you counter, but I'll be stealing office supplies.

Fine. Fine. You shake and you have a deal.

That's how the debt-ceiling deal feels to me.

How the Tea Party Won the Deal

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2011 |

While the details of the debt-ceiling deal remain fuzzy, this much is clear: Barack Obama may be president, but the Tea Party is now running Washington. How did this happen? Simple: This is what American politics looks like when there's no left-wing movement and no war.

The Gang of Six Is Our Best Chance for a Debt Deal in this Congress

  • By
  • Marc Goldwein,
  • New America Foundation
July 21, 2011 |

The debt ceiling deadline is days away, but something unusual is happening in Congress. Rather than playing the short game, and following the old tradition of kicking important budget decisions down the road, dozens of senators are building the case to think long. Even as they plan a vote to avoid default, they have a rare opportunity to accompany a debt ceiling increase with a plan to bring our fiscal situation under control. They should take that opportunity.

The GOP Has Double Amnesia

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2011 |

If the debt-ceiling negotiations reveal anything about America in 2011, it is this: we live in an age of political amnesia. From the day the Twin Towers fell until the day Barack Obama was elected president, Washington Republicans did virtually everything in their power to increase the deficit.

Don't Give Up on Grand Bargain on Debt

  • By
  • Maya MacGuineas,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2011 |

Maybe the cynics are right. Maybe it will prove too heavy a lift to use the occasion of the debt ceiling increase to put in place a large, specific budget fix to reduce our massive deficits.

Enough policymakers now seem to buy the importance of lifting the debt ceiling, and it appears we will find a way to do so in time, thereby avoiding an (inexcusable) default.

The GOP’s False Fiscal Narrative

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
July 11, 2011 |

Reading about the debt-reduction talks is painful. It's painful because in analyzing them, the media frequently fall back on storylines that just aren't true.

Why Anthony Weiner Shouldn't Quit

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
June 12, 2011 |

Excuse me for asking, but why exactly should Anthony Weiner resign? He flirted with women in a crude, dorky and easily traceable way. And he lied about it, which is what married men usually do in such circumstances. Who cares? As far as we know, he violated no law or congressional ethics rule. There's been no allegation of sexual harassment. It's entirely possible that his constituents would reelect him if given the chance. So why is he being hounded from office?

Ryan's Unintended Consequences

  • By
  • Shannon Brownlee,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Eric Schultz, New America Health Policy Intern
June 7, 2011 |

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., probably did not anticipate the kind of trouble his plan for privatizing Medicare would cause members of his own party. Ever since Democrats scored an upset in a New York state special congressional election that turned on the Republican candidates support for the Ryan plan, GOP presidential hopefuls and lawmakers have been stumbling around the negative reaction the "Path to Prosperity" has drawn from many voters.

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