The Future of Local Government

Steve Hochstadt: When Romney and the Republicans talk about cutting back on government, they mean much larger cuts in local government spending than what has happened so far.

Why the Republican Crackup Is Bad for America

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Robert Reich: Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican crackup threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP’s eclipse in 1932. That’s bad for America.

Mass Deportation Policy Could Shrink Arizona Economy

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Andrea Nill: Driving the undocumented immigrants out of Arizona would lead to significant losses of jobs for both native-born and foreign-born workers.

Haiti Donor Conference Presents Major Challenges

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Georgianne Nienaber: What Haiti needs most of all is the encouragement and means to become a self-sufficient nation. Bill Clinton is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti and he finally seems to be saying what desperately needs to be said about Haiti.

Bail Out Our Schools

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Robert Reich: Any day now, the Obama administration will announce $4.35 billion in extra federal funds for under-performing public schools. That’s fine, but relative to the financial squeeze all the nation’s public schools now face it’s a cruel joke.

How Obama Can Convince Congress to Enact a Larger Stimulus, and Why He Must

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The Administration’s biggest economic mistake so far was to badly underestimate last January how bad the employment situation would become by Fall. As a result, it low-balled the stimulus — settling for a plan that, while avoiding even worse job losses, didn’t go nearly far enough.

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