President Obama has proposed a $266 billion jobs bill that contains tax credits for small businesses that hire more workers, an increase in the federal highway fund to patch our crumbling infrastructure, and a short-term extension on the federal unemployment benefits. It’s a boost to the economy, but it’s not nearly enough to put 15 million Americans back to work.
The election of the forty-first Republican and the first nudie model to the U.S. Senate has the pundits chattering. Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts senate race is being read as a dark omen of what the Democrats will face in the mid-term election. Does Scott Brown’s election really signal the emergence of the Tea Party as a powerful new reactionary force on the American political scene? Does his election foretell the end of the Democratic majority? Is it a turning point in American politics?