Tag: uphill battle

State layoffs are holding the economy back

States are laying off workers like it is Halloween and they are getting candy for every worker laid off. More than almost anything else, states are now holding back our recovery. From EPI: State employment and unemployment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the continued lack of momentum in the national labor market is translating into sluggish job growth and slowly rising unemployment for the majority of states. Job growth throughout the states over the preceding three-month period (April 2012 to July 2012) was mixed, with 32 states and the District of Columbia adding jobs and 18 states experiencing

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Joe Lieberman isn't the problem

Look, unless we were blind and still living in the ’50s, we knew that the Senate was going to be a problem on healthcare legislation. We knew this back in March. Senator Harry Reid has had approximately nine months to come up with a strategy to pass a healthcare bill through the Senate. In the nine months, he was unable to garner one Republican vote. He’s been unable to garner enough Democratic votes to stave off a filibuster. If, by some chance, he can procedurally outmaneuver Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln, he probably has 54 votes to

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It's Over, Who Won?

Although it’s not the end of the Democratic nomination race, the Rules and By-Laws Committee have concluded their business. So, who won? I’m not sure that anyone won or lost. I think it was a draw. Senator Barack Obama had a significant lead in the delegate count. Because of this, he could afford to be “generous” in compromising something. He offered to have the delegations of Florida and Michigan seated so their votes would only count half as much. In order for Senator Hillary Clinton’s camp to have any chance of convincing superdelegates that she is the One, she needed to

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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