FROM Linda Hahn
With Unemployment at 9.5 Percent, Is the Stimulus Working? President Obama's $800 billion stimulus package is under fire because it has failed to meet expectations. National unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, higher than the 8 percent peak predicted by the Obama administration when it was selling the package to Congress.
With 7 Million Unemployed, Is the Stimulus Working? By orders of magnitude, unemployment is rising faster than the new jobs promised from the $800 billion stimulus package . National unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, higher than the 8 percent peak predicted by the administration when it was selling the package to Congress. Some economists and some Democrats want another package. The President says, "Give this one more time." Republicans already are saying, "I told you so." Meantime, just one job is available for every six unemployed workers. Are schools and workplace developers training people for jobs that don't exist? Who finds work and who doesn't? Will the so-called "green economy" pick up the slack?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?