President Obama has just signed a 787 billion dollar stimulus package into law. So what does it all mean and what can we hope for? Locus Focus Resident Economist Chuck Collins joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to discuss the political and psychological implications - as well as economic - of the struggle to get this package enacted. Is it big enough to really have any impact? What else is needed to turn the economy around?
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this show features Afrobeat music by Fela Kuti and a conversation about Kuti's life and work. The show leads off with a critique of the economic stimulus plan: "insufficient, ineffective, ill-conceived" are the words of economist Michael Perlman. Well-read Red Frann Michel reviews how people of color and immigrants are faring in, and even being blamed for, the economic crisis. We hear from another economist about urban agriculture in Havana and other Cuban cities. To hear the whole show, use the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, and for more information and links, follow the links below.
There is no way the stimulus package now being negotiated in congress is going to plug the leaks in the rapidly sinking economy. Economist Michael Perlman explains why in this coversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
What are the links between economic stimulus and health care?
This week the news is about Obama's economic stimulus package passing the Senate and about to be enacted into law. Last week it was about Tom Daschel, Obama's nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services, having to withdraw his name because of his problems with the IRS. So what are the connections between economic stimulus and health care? Barbara Dudley, a regular guest on Locus Focus, joins host Barbara Bernstein, in a discussion about these links. . .and more.
The day after Barack Obama's historic inauguration as president of the United States we'll look at how much has changed in the United States and what still needs to change in the days, months and years ahead.
It is the Season to review. Review the past year and the almost past Bush administration, that is.. The media and many people I know seem eager to believe that the new Obama Administraion will bring a fundamental change to the functioning of the Federal government and the totalitarian policies it has been carrying here at home and the Superpower violence it has been visiting to people all over the globe. This is a hopeful view but not one I share. We have been living within a country taken over by a Coup. If you doubt my use of that word I refer you to Jane Mayers Book, The Dark Side or Eric Lichtblau's Bush's Law and my interviews with them.
Raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2010! That's the proposal of well-known author and activist Holly Sklar and Let Justice Roll. Holly talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the gap between the minimum wage and a living wage, and why raising the minimum is good for the economy and good for business.