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Congress Should Pass Obama's Jobs Plan - Piece by Piece

From the Panel

  • Cecilia Rouse

  • How to Avoid Another Painful Recession
    Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate, October 19, 2011
    An interview with economist Cecilia Rouse: Why she’ll argue for the motion, "Congress should pass Obama’s jobs plan—piece by piece,” at the Oct. 25 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
  • David Stockman Criticizes Obama’s Jobs Plan, Other Economists Cheer
    Susanna Kim, ABC News September 9, 2011
    Cecilia Rouse, economics professor at Princeton and former member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said the president is proposing a "sensible" package of strategies while the private sector continues to struggle. Rouse said she was "particularly pleased" to see an extension in unemployment insurance for an additional year.
  • President Bill Clinton Job-Creation Blueprint Fact Check
    Susanna Kim, ABC News, June 29, 2011
    ABC News asked labor economists and former government officials to take a look at 10 proposals among the 42nd president's blueprint.
  • Investing in a Better Life
    Cecilia Rouse, Room for Debate, New York Times, August 23, 2011
    In these trying economic times, we should be looking for ways to effectively increase our investments in education, not cut them.
  • The First Year of the Recession: Key Census Indicators of Family Well-Being in 2008 and the Administration's Policy Responses in 2009
    Cecilia Elena Rouse, Council of Economic Advisers, September 10, 2009
    Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee discussing the Census Bureau’s release of data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States in 2008.
  • Work-Life Programs: Attracting, Retaining and Empowering the Federal Workforce
    Cecilia Elena Rouse, Council of Economic Advisers, May 4, 2010
    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, United States Senate, presenting the main findings from the March 2010 CEA Report Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility, which discusses some of the changing patterns of the American workforce, the state of flexible work arrangements in our economy, and the economics of workplace flexibility.

  • For: Mark Zandi

  • A 40 Percent Chance of Economic Doom
    Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate, October 18, 2011
    An interview with economist Mark Zandi: why he’ll argue for the motion, “Congress should pass Obama’s jobs plan—piece by piece,” at the Oct. 25 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
  • An Analysis of the Obama Jobs Plan
    Mark Zandi, Dismal Scientist, September 9, 2011
    President Obama’s much-anticipated jobs plan is a laudable effort to support the struggling economy. The plan would go a long way toward stabilizing confidence, forestalling another recession, and jump-starting a self-sustaining economic expansion.
  • How Another Recession Can Be Avoided
    Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics, August 26, 2011
    The economy is struggling to avoid recession. The political spectacle over the debt ceiling and Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Treasury debt have upended the already-fragile collective psyche. Consumers and businesses appear frozen in place. They are not pulling back yet, but to avoid a downturn it is vital for policymakers to act aggressively to stabilize sentiment.
  • Analysis from Mark Zandi
    Dismal Economist, Moody’s Analytics, April 10, 2011
    More analysis from Mark Zandi.
  • Richard Epstein

  • Obama’s Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep
    Richard A. Epstein, Defining Ideas, a Hoover Institution Journal, September 27, 2011
    “The dim news about the current economic situation has prompted the Obama administration to put forward its latest, desperate effort to reverse the tide by urging passage of The American Jobs Act (AJA), a turgid 155-page bill.”
  • The Road to Economic Perdition
    Richard A. Epstein, Defining Ideas, Hoover Institution Journal, September 7, 2011
    This nation will not be able to get off the road to economic perdition unless it junks both parts of the Obama administration’s economic policy—its futile macroeconomic programs and its mindless labor market restrictions.
  • Commentary by Richard Epstein
    Read more commentary and op-eds by Richard Epstein, aggregated by the Hoover Institution.

  • Against: Daniel Mitchell

  • Why the President’s Jobs Plan Won’t Create Jobs
    Elizabeth Weingarten, Slate, October 21, 2011
    An interview with Cato’s Daniel Mitchell: Why he’ll argue against the motion, “Congress should pass Obama’s jobs plan – piece by piece,” at the Oct. 25 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
  • The Brian Wilson Show
    An interview with Cato’s Daniel Mitchell: Why he’ll argue against the motion, “Congress should pass Obama’s jobs plan – piece by piece,” at the Oct. 25 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
  • Obama’s Failure on Jobs: Four Damning Charts
    Daniel Mitchell, Forbes, September 6, 2011
    Following this link for Mitchell’s four pieces of evidence that Obama is no friend to ordinary workers.
  • Obama’s Jobs Errors
    Daniel J. Mitchell, New York Post, July 22, 2010
    Businesses are not charities—if it's not profitable to hire workers, it's not going to happen. And it takes money to create jobs—more specifically, labor isn't very useful or productive unless investors are providing capital.
  • International Liberty: Restraining Government in America and Around the World
    Blog by Daniel Mitchell
    Read blog posts by Daniel Mitchell.
  • Daniel Mitchell at the Cato Institute
    Find more links to Daniel Mitchell’s work at the Cato Institute.

Articles For & Against

  • For the Motion

  • The American Jobs Act: Your Questions Answered
    Jon Carson, White House Blog, September 26, 2011
    White House responses to some of the questions, criticisms and misconceptions of the American Jobs Act.
  • The American Jobs Act – A Bill Worthy of Its Name
    Heather Boushey and Gadi Dechter, Center for American Progress, September 14, 2011
    The jobs bill will create nearly 2 million new U.S. jobs by doing what presidents and legislatures across the political spectrum have routinely done in times of labor market weakness: Enact short-term, temporary spending programs that have bipartisan support and are proven to work.
  • Obama’s Jobs Plan Prevents Election-Year Recession in Survey of Economists
    Timothy R. Homan, Bloomberg, September 28, 2011
    President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
  • Against the Motion

  • The President’s New “Jobs Speech”: More Economic Alchemy Likely
    Patrick Louis Knudsen, Heritage Foundation, September 7, 2011
    The President’s jobs plan will call for more of the same discredited Keynesian strategies (with a smaller price tag) as contained in his 2009 stimulus bill—a costly and spectacular failure.
  • How Obama's Last Stimulus Bill Became a Comedy of Errors
    Jim Powell, The Daily Caller, September 19, 2011
    Now that President Obama is on the campaign trail, touting another big stimulus bill, it's worth recalling how the last one became not just a costly failure but a comedy of errors.
  • The Spend Now, Tax Later Jobs Bill
    Alan Reynolds, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2011
    Any plan that would impose permanently higher tax rates on income to pay for temporarily lower tax rates on payrolls is no stimulus or jobs plan under any sort of economics.
  • Stimulus and the Depression: The Untold Story
    Harold L. Cole & Lee E. Ohanian, Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2011
    Temporary policies will do little to jump-start the economy, much as earlier temporary economic Band-Aids, such as the 2009 stimulus, did little to improve the economy.

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