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Reich: Eliminate payroll taxes to improve economy

Aug 25, 2010
Marketplace commentator Robert Reich thinks that reducing payroll taxes will get consumers to start spending again, which will help get the economy moving again.
Posted In: Jobs, Taxes

Long-term economic woes fuel anger

Aug 11, 2010
Someday the recession will end. There won't be any more talk of double dips and extending unemployment benefits. And then everything's gonna be OK. Isn't it? Commentator Robert Reich worries that it won't.

Rise in profits, more hiring? Not exactly

Jul 28, 2010
Commentator Robert Reich talks about how the rise in corporate profits no longer equates to increased hiring.
Posted In: Jobs

More government spending, more public consumption?

Jul 21, 2010
Commentator David Frum looks at an economic school of thought called the "multiplier effect" -- which posits that increased government spending leads to increased public consumption -- and wonders if it's possible to accurately measure the effect.

Is more regulation the answer?

Jul 9, 2010
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich talks with Steve Chiotakis about why deregulation has had some benefits and drawbacks, and whether we're headed for a new era of regulation.

Rediscovering the positives of inflation

Jul 7, 2010
President Obama wants to double U.S. exports because he says export jobs are one way we can sail out of our economic doldrums. Our conservative commentator David Frum sees another partial way out of our troubles. He's just not sure the Republican Party wants to hear it.

Midterm election makes budget debate more partisan

Jun 25, 2010
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says the U.S. budget deficit debate becomes increasingly polarized as midterm elections loom.

G-8, G-20 are just costly extravaganzas

Jun 23, 2010
In Toronto, the G-8 and G-20 will be meeting to discuss the global economic recovery and among other items. Conservative commentator David Frum is less interested in what's on the agenda than the fact that there is an agenda.

Several factors point to double-dip recession

Jun 11, 2010
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains why there's not enough oomph in our current economic situation to promote a recovery.

U.S. the next Greece? We'd be so lucky.

Jun 9, 2010
Parts of Europe are in a budget quandary: save or spend to kick-start a sputtering economy? Commentator David Frum says right now, Europe's got it better figured out than the U.S.

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