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What’s Wrong (And Right)

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
May 24, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashpocalypse Now

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
April 19, 2010 |

The volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajokull is hardly a human disaster on the scale of the earthquake that shattered Haiti just months ago or the Indian Ocean tsunami that wreaked havoc across a wide swathe of Southeast Asia in 2004. A thin layer of fine volcanic ash isn't enough to grind the world to a halt.

Conditional Cash Transfers in the United States: Maybe They Can Work After All

April 14, 2010

NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, Opportunity NYC, has come under fire lately. The program—which rewards low-income families for engaging in certain positive behaviors—recently published preliminary results, and critics claim initial findings show that CCTs do not work in the U.S.

The Jobs Deficit

  • and Benjamin Kolansky
April 12, 2010

Despite some recent improvement in the labor market, unemployment is projected to remain high for years to come. The jobs deficit, or the difference between the number of unemployed persons and the number of job openings, is 12.3 million. To deal with long-term unemployment and the soaring jobs deficit we need a job-creation agenda that includes both demand-side and supply-side measures: demand-side to boost growth and supply-side to deal with international competition and structural changes.

Getting Serious About Doubling U.S. Exports

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
March 17, 2010

Speaking this past week at the Ex-Im Bank, President Obama laid out his strategy for doubling American exports within five years, a goal he announced in his State of the Union Address. Naming it the National Export Initiative, he described the strategy as “an ambitious effort to marshal the full resources of the United States government behind American businesses that sell their goods and services abroad.” The Initiative calls for the creation of an Export Promotion Cabinet, made up of the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce, and Labor along with the United State

New Jobs Bill is Destined for Failure

  • By
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
March 11, 2010 |

Congress has stripped the jobs bill of the reinvestment in America's infrastructure that would put people back to work and make the country more prosperous in the long run.

Instead, the bill relies on tax credits that are too small and too temporary to make a dent in America's high unemployment.

The Boring Age

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 22, 2010 |

Viewing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in the year 2010 is a depressing experience. According to this 1968 movie, by now we were supposed to have moon colonies and regular passenger service on space planes. And anyone who struggles with automated receptionist messages or programmable televisions knows that today's computers are just as psychotic as HAL 9000, only dumber.

More Needed to Turn Green Economy Hopes into Real U.S. Jobs

March 4, 2010

The New America Foundation's Steve Clemons talks with Leo Hindery about the Obama administration’s green energy initiatives, and how they fit into a broader American manufacturing strategy to create the millions of jobs necessary to achieve a full economic recovery.

Smart Grid: The Devil Is In the Details

  • By Gerald Richman, Special Advisor, Energy Policy Advisory Council
February 23, 2010

1) We Don't All Agree on What a “Smart Grid” is – or What it will Accomplish.

Rather than a physical entity, the “Smart Grid” is really a concept. The term refers to a host of digital technologies, in various stages of development, intended to enable real-time coordination along the Nation’s electric grid.

Where's My Green Job?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 4:00pm

California has 159,000 green jobs, according to recent analysis from NextTen.org, but we need more to really tackle California's scariest environment and infrastructure problems, and to provide jobs in the long term.

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