Opinion

Why does the Obama administration think foreclosures are good?

by New York Times November 5, 2010

In the most recent mortgage mess, the Obama administration has — oddly and disturbingly — been arguing that foreclosures are, in effect, good for the economy and should proceed apace as banks get their snarled paperwork in order. ...

The wars that America forgot about

by Tom Brokaw New York Times October 17, 2010

IN what promises to be the most contentious midterm election since 1994, there is no shortage of passion about big issues facing the country: the place and nature of the federal government in America’s future; public debt; jobs; health care; the influence of special interests; and the role of populist movements like the Tea Party. ...

Shadowy players in a new class war, started by the rich and powerful

by E.J. Dionne New York Times October 11, 2010

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The costs of rising income inequality

by Stephen Pearlstein Washington Post October 6, 2010

Although much of the Republicans' "Pledge to America" is given over to a discussion of economic issues, there is one topic that is never mentioned: the dramatic rise in income inequality. ...

US wants Europeans to give up IMF board seats, but does not want to give up its own veto rights

by Washington Post October 3, 2010

As the global economic balance shifts, the United States and other of the post-World War II powers say they’re ready to make room. The Group of 8 rich countries ceded to the Group of 20, where the interests of Germany and France must vie with those of India. Despite that, the maneuvering before this week’s meetings of the International Monetary Fund suggest that the big players may not be as r ...

How Chavez lost the popular vote and won by a landslide

by Washington Post October 1, 2010

HUGO CHÁVEZ must be feeling grateful to the number-crunchers who helped him redraw Venezuela's congressional districts. The strongman turned last weekend's National Assembly election into a referendum on himself; he inundated the country with propaganda via the state-controlled media and even refilled government food stores. ...

The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion ($3,000 billion) and more

by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes Washington Post September 15, 2010

Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estimates, including the Bush administration's 2003 projections of a $50 billion to $60 billion war. ...

Its time to end the excessive subsidies ($1.78 a gallon) for corn ethanol

by Washington Post July 24, 2010

WHEN WASHINGTON starts handing out cash, it can be hard to stop. See, for example, the decades of subsidies the government has showered on the corn ethanol industry. The fuel was supposed to free America from its dependence on foreign oil and produce fewer carbon emissions in the process. ...

Obama’s overdue AIDS bill

by Desmond Tutu New York Times July 20, 2010

HAVING met President Obama, I’m confident that he’s a man of conscience who shares my commitment to bringing hope and care to the world’s poor. But I am saddened by his decision to spend less than he promised to treat AIDS patients in Africa. ...

Market-led development aid for Africa: good for business, bad for farmers

by Richard Jonasse Food First July 20, 2010

USAID administrator Rajiv Shah recently gave a speech to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) in Washington, DC entitled Achieving High Impact Development: A Vision for USAID. Shah's idea of high impact development was a "distinctly American" contribution: the "culture of risk-taking and entrepreneurship." In a speech heavy with platitudes about American diversity, dedication, and empowerm ...

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