North Carolina progressives have earned a good deal of deserved praise at the national level over the last year or so for their spirited resistance to the conservative political takeover that has afflicted our state. Let’s hope that ...Read more Comments Off on Building a path back to power for NC progressives
Under the Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as “Obamacare” and the “ACA”), the federal government has a remarkably good deal on the table for states wishing to participate in a major expansion of Medicaid – the health ...Read more Comments Off on Why Medicaid expansion is a no-brainer
The Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrates that the United States still has a Left, despite recent electoral misfortunes, and its weaker political infrastructure. The American Left does not own a television network. It is out-gunned by the sheer ...Read more Comments Off on What next for the “Occupy” movement?
Journalist Don Peck has just written one of the most important books yet published on the Great Recession. Entitled “Pinched: How the Great Recession has narrowed our futures and what we can do about it,” the book does ...Read more Comments Off on After the Great Recession: What next?
The American economic picture remains very grim. The recovery from the Great Recession can only be called “tepid” – especially on the job creation front. New cuts in government spending resulting from budget shortfalls are only making matters ...Read more Comments Off on Why misguided “common knowledge” holds back our economic recovery
“Jobs!” At this juncture of a painfully slow recovery from a major recession, there is little doubt regarding what most North Carolinians wants the most from their public policymakers and the private sector. Those on the political right ...Read more Comments Off on The case for new state jobs initiative
North Carolina, like most American states, faces a very tough funding future. The state has a large budget shortfall, which it is legally required to close. Hard choices are on the horizon – significant cuts in services and ...Read more Comments Off on Deficit reduction with fewer fears
Despite the efficacy of the Obama Administration's package in preventing a full-scale Great Depression Number Two and cutting the unemployment rate by a significant factor, it is widely regarded as a political and policy failure. In fact, it ...Read more Comments Off on Mistakes and lessons of the Obama stimulus package
These are tough times for the jobless. The recovery is weak and is not generating enough jobs so far. What are we to do address our citizens' employment worries and realities? To start, there are limits to what a single state do. North Carolina cannot print money or run a long-term budget deficit. The federal government, in contrast, could and should be doing much more. In particular, the economic stimulus package was much too small, relative to the depth and scale of the downturn. ...Read more Comments Off on Mutual aid remains important in tough times
How do we plan for the next economic downturn? It may seem a trifle premature to be tackling this task. After all, the North Carolina economy is just beginning to start its recovery from the Great Recession. And if the current European slump remains under control, we should be able to count on a sustained, if slow and uneven, economic upturn for some time. ...Read more Comments Off on Planning for the next recession