Politics is as personal as every, day 5: Stimulus looks like a 3 bedroom ranch.

          When the real estate market crashed in September 2008, Darling Virgo and I were in the same position as a lot of Americans.  We had placed all the money saved up during our pre-parenting years (working for nickels at rusty little non-profits) in what seemed like a sound investment: a small three unit building in downtown Portland in which we lived and landlorded....more
@JennaHatfield Hi Jenna!  I have been to the group (only once, but will go more).  In fact the ...more

Politics is as personal as every, day 4: Serving up fresh, local stimuls.

          When Hot Shot, our daughter, started kindergarten in the Portland Public Schools in the fall of 2009, guess what she got: a great teacher, a kick-ass best friend, and a morning snack of fresh fruits and vegetables grown at local farms.          "Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at local farms?" you ask.  "How is that possible?"...more

Direct Cash Payments to Business May Advance Economic Development & Expand Renewable Energy Use

One new development on the national energy initiative for business owners and the self-employed got my attention!  With few businesses seeking tax credits, many renewable energy developers are expected to opt instead for direct federal payments. The Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of the Treasury are now accepting applications from renewable energy project developers that wish to receive direct federal payments in lieu of tax credits. ...more

Obama and the Creation of Meaning

Check out this Wordle graphic of President Obama's "not the state of the union" speech to Congress last night. ...more

Investing in Our Human Infrastructure

By Riane Eisler Over half a million people lost their jobs last month. There’s no question we need a job-creation plan. The real question is what kind of plan will most quickly stimulate the economy and at the same time provide the best long-term investment for our nation. ...more

Live-blog alert: Call w/Chief Economist for VP re: Recovery & Reinvestment Act (aka stimulus bill)

Here's the description: On Wednesday, February 11, at 4:00 p.m. ET Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist for the Vice President, will discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan on a press conference call with progressive media and bloggers. Bernstein will discuss the impacts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan and answer questions. ...more

Harnessing the Wind is Creating Jobs

The U.S. House of Representatives is going to vote on the new economic stimulus package soon, probably later this week.   ...more