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Where the Jobs Aren’t

The news isn’t good for recent college graduates.

The sheer number of kids in their 20s moving back in with mom and dad isn’t just anecdotal; going back to the class of 2006, half of them—half!—don’t have jobsMore…

Alexis Tsipras of the leftist Syriza before recent elections.

Greek Chaos Could Hurt Obama’s Re-Election

The crisis that hurts you most is the one you didn’t see coming. There may be one ahead for the Obama administration, but it’s hiding in plain sight.

Greece held parliamentary elections Sunday, and the results cast grave doubt on … More…

Workers at an electronics plant in Shenzhen, China

Four Reasons Why Many Jobs Won’t Come Back

We at The Independent Agenda don’t usually get in the middle of spats between Beltway commentators. But there’s a doozy going on now involving two A-List columnists from The New York Times who are throwing mud at each other without … More…

Lessons for Romney and Obama from the French Election

Lessons for Romney and Obama from the French Election

Americans don’t pay much attention to overseas elections and we don’t think we have much to learn from other countries– especially France.

But I believe our two presidential candidates can draw some lessons from the results of Sunday’s second round … More…

Private Sector Employment Growth 2008-2012.

Second Weak Jobs Report Raises White House Concerns

April’s employment report had little good news for the Obama Administration. Job growth was weaker than expected for the second consecutive month, and though unemployment slipped to 8.1%, the larger number of unemployed and underemployed (what the bureaucrats call U6) … More…

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers at Davos in 2010

Keynesians Try Another Comeback

The economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes had a brief revival after the financial crisis of 2008. Desperate politicians tried to save the global economy–and their own jobs–by launching stimulus plans to plug an “output gap,” the gaping hole that … More…

Samsung booth at electronics show in 2010

It’s the Global Economy, Stupid

On Thursday came a report from The Wall Street Journal about the narrowing education gap between US parents and their children, suggesting the American dream was in jeopardy.

Friday we got two more intriguing pieces on related topics—or topics … More…

President Obama Signs Health Care Reform

Picking Up the Pieces on Health Care Reform

The nine justices of the US Supreme Court probably cast their votes Friday on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

And while no one can predict how the Supreme Court will vote based on oral arguments—everybody … More…

President talks about jobs & the economy

The President May Be Peaking Too Early

President Obama has been on a roll of late.

Unemployment has fallen steadily to 8.3%, and we’ve had 24 consecutive months—two years—of private sector job growth. The rate itself is much higher than previous presidents have faced going into re-election, … More…

Rush Limbaught

Limbaugh Brouhaha Slams GOP

The media are all agog over the controversy involving Rush Limbaugh’s insulting comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

The conservative shock jock has apologized twice for calling the young woman vile names (which I won’t repeat here) because … More…