Yearly Archives: 2012

Let’s Go Over That Fiscal Cliff!

Hurray for the Republicans! They saved us from defeat by defeating themselves. Now President Obama holds all the cards. He should just hold onto them. What about the fiscal cliff? Indeed, what about it? It is a fiction of rhetoric, … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from EOI!

Every weekday* we publish fresh news and commentary on economic trends and public policy highlights affecting people’s lives and communities, here in Washington and across the country. That commitment is no small chore. In 2012, we wrote 306 original blog … Continue reading

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10 States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day

Raises will benefit nearly 1 million workers, boost consumer spending and accelerate the economic recovery The minimum wage will increase in ten states on January 1st, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly one million low-paid workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, … Continue reading

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Choose to live with peace, hope and love

When I was a kid, growing up in Connecticut, we would celebrate Advent. We weren’t much of a Christian family, but we kept Christian customs. So each of the four Sundays before Christmas, before we began our Sunday dinner, my … Continue reading

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Note to Incumbents on Social Security

Interested in re-election in 2014? You can pack your bags for home if you vote for the chained CPI. It doesn’t matter what party: if you are a Democrat, the Republican candidate will hammer you for cutting Social Security. And … Continue reading

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What switching to the Chained CPI would have meant for my grandmother

My grandmother was born in 1907 and died in 2008 – just a few months shy of her 101st birthday. My grandfather died in 1971. For those 37 years of her widowhood, Social Security was all of Grandma’s income, except … Continue reading

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Social Security: Will Obama Cave?

By Robert Kuttner, from The American Prospect: Once again, President Obama seems to be on the verge of folding a winning hand. Widely leaked reports indicate that the president and House Speaker John Boehner are making a fiscal deal that … Continue reading

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