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31 items by Jared Bernstein

  • The Case for Full Employment

    The Case for Full Employment | BLOG ENTRY

    Take a look at the graph below.  It tells a story of two very different time periods: one when the incomes of all American families grew at roughly the same rate; and one when the wealthy started...

    March 9, 2012 4:39 PM ET
  • Gas Prices Up, Gas Price Pandering WAY Up

    Gas Prices Up, Gas Price Pandering WAY Up | BLOG ENTRY

    I awoke this morning only to hear Newt Gingrich promise that if he gets elected president, gas prices will fall to $2.50 a gallon.  My first thought, other than “this may not be a very good day”...

    March 6, 2012 4:07 PM ET
  • How Obama's Corporate Tax Plan Calls GOP Bluff

    How Obama's Corporate Tax Plan Calls GOP Bluff | BLOG ENTRY

    Now that the dust has settled a bit on President Obama’s proposal – really, a framework – to reform the corporate tax code, let’s see what all the shootin’s fer. To understand what’s going on here, you need...

    February 27, 2012 12:12 PM ET
  • Why Manufacturing Matters

    Why Manufacturing Matters | BLOG ENTRY

    Ever since his State of the Union address, President Obama has been making good noise, IMHO, about how we need to support our manufacturers.  As he put it during visits to factories last week: "…manufacturing...

    February 23, 2012 11:10 AM ET
  • Why I Like the President's Budget

    Why I Like the President's Budget | BLOG ENTRY

    The chin music is in full chorus re the president's budget release: It’s a political document!  It's campaign rhetoric!  It’s dead on arrival!  It fails to tackle [fill in your favorite problem]! In fact, it’s...

    February 14, 2012 7:05 PM ET
  • Why It's Time to Start Pushing for a Minimum Wage Hike

    Why It's Time to Start Pushing for a Minimum Wage Hike | BLOG ENTRY

    When it comes to the economy, one clear distinction between the candidates is "who are you really fighting for?" I mean, they all say they’re fighting for the middle class – they know they can’t...

    February 7, 2012 5:20 PM ET
  • What the New Jobs Report Means

    What the New Jobs Report Means | BLOG ENTRY

    Yo! O's got some Mo! Today’s employment report – 243,000 positions added, 50,000 in manufacturing; unemployment down to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years – shows that we’re seeing some steady improvement...

    February 3, 2012 12:34 PM ET
  • SOTU: Obama's Blueprint for a Fairer, Stronger Economy

    SOTU: Obama's Blueprint for a Fairer, Stronger Economy | BLOG ENTRY

    The president gave a strong State of the Union speech last night, laying out what he called "a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last." I’ll go through some details in a minute, but first, consider...

    January 25, 2012 8:38 AM ET
  • How Economic Solutions Get Blocked – and Who's Blocking Them

    How Economic Solutions Get Blocked – and Who's Blocking Them | BLOG ENTRY

    I’m not trying to pick on Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) – a lot of folks do that these days – but I want to briefly break down my argument with him yesterday on TV, because I...

    January 18, 2012 1:35 PM ET
  • Steps Toward a Fairer Economy

    Steps Toward a Fairer Economy | BLOG ENTRY

    In my first column here, I argued that the American economy is broken, and that to fix it we’ll have to banish the thinking that’s dominated policymaking for far too long – fairy tales about how...

    January 13, 2012 12:00 PM ET
  • The Economy: What's Wrong and How to Fix It

    The Economy: What's Wrong and How to Fix It | BLOG ENTRY

    OK, that’s biting off a lot, I know. But really, isn’t that the question you’d like answered? I’m here to help. I’m from the wonk world, and the folks at Rolling Stone have asked me to contribute a...

    December 23, 2011 2:05 PM ET
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