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The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

The Issue: Could deal be close on renewing extended unemployment?

Could it be? An actual deal in the works to reinstitute the extended unemployment benefits that expired just after Christmas?
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Tax reform: Eliminate the income tax and IRS

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Americans desperately want a fairer tax system and relief from arbitrary treatment by the Internal Revenue Service. True reform requires simply junking the personal and corporate incomes in favor of a consumption tax.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Obama to propose wholly political budget

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is putting the finishing touches on his budget message to Congress. Media reports indicate the document would be criminal if it wasn't so comical!
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Raising minimum wage to $8.25 is best option

Raising minimum wage to $8.25 is best option

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The recent Congressional Budget Office Report confirms raising the minimum wage in line with inflation to $8.25 is the best course.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Unions must change to survive

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The United Auto Workers' recent failure to organize workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant shows just how much unions need to change to stay relevant.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Winter's price tag this year estimated at $50 billion

Winter's price tag this year estimated at $50 billion

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Harsh winter weather is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy, with mounting losses due to slow retail sales, travel disruption and other factors, economists said.
Big freeze, storms impose losses up to $40B

Big freeze, storms impose losses up to $40B

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The January freeze and crippling storms gripping the eastern United States and upper Midwest are having significant effects on normal life and commerce.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Obama's two Americas

Obama's two Americas

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is dividing the United States into two nations -- one rich, the other increasingly poor and both more likely to elect Democrats.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Only 113,000 jobs -- How decadence breeds decay!

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. economy created 113,000 jobs in January, up from 75,000 in December. Colder than average weather was a factor but that simply doesn't explain two consecutive months of poor performance.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

What to expect from Friday's jobs report

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Economists expect the U.S. Labor Department to report Friday that the U.S. economy added 181,000 jobs in January.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

CBO report low-balls Obamacare effects on employment

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A new Congressional Budget Office report once again low-balls the effects of the Affordable Care Act on labor force participation and the U.S. economy.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Obama's minimum wage ploy hurts the working poor

Obama's minimum wage ploy hurts the working poor

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama puts his political fortunes above the least among us by badgering Republicans in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
The Issue: Obama challenges Congress on wages, unemployment

The Issue: Obama challenges Congress on wages, unemployment

U.S. President Barack Obama last week upped his game, throwing down the gauntlet to Congress by saying if lawmakers refused to act, he would do what he could through executive order to boost wages, create jobs and help the hard-pressed middle class claw its way to prosperity.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
State of the Union mixes sound and foolish proposals

State of the Union mixes sound and foolish proposals

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Promising to address inequality and strengthen the middle class, U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address combined sound and foolish proposals, laced with good old fashioned demagoguery.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
State of the Union and crafting a winning GOP strategy

State of the Union and crafting a winning GOP strategy

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, dogged by the bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and a slow economic recovery, is declaring war on inequality.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Obama blind to facts on extended unemployment benefits

Obama blind to facts on extended unemployment benefits

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama says reluctance to reinstate long-term jobless benefits is heartless and harmful to the economy. That contradicts the facts and sound economics.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
What Obama doesn't get about inequality

What Obama doesn't get about inequality

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Inequality is U.S. President Barack Obama's highest priority but his solutions are wholly naive.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Fixing inequality

Fixing inequality

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inequality is replacing the American dream because the U.S. economy -- thanks to Washington's mismanagement -- is underperforming.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Hard data: Jobs market unchanged

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. jobs market isn't shifting into high gear, as some analysts have suggested, and the disappointing December jobs report, standing alone, means nothing.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
U.S. unemployment rate drops to 6.7 percent

U.S. unemployment rate drops to 6.7 percent

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December with a far-lower-than-expected 74,000 new jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.

U.S. economy adds only 74,000 jobs in December

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. economy created only 74,000 jobs in December well below the 2013 average of 188,000. The U.S. Labor Department report indicates stronger growth for the coming year predicted by many economists may not materialize.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Jobs report to indicate whether economy improving

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The December U.S. jobs report will indicate whether things are getting better or whether Obama should admit that after his economic policies aren't doing enough.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Extended unemployment benefits slow growth

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Reinstating emergency unemployment benefits, as U.S. President Barack Obama urges, would slow growth and impose unconscionable burdens on the working poor.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
At year's end: Economic recovery is taking shape

At year's end: Economic recovery is taking shape

The question in an economic recovery invariably flips, in time, from when will it finally occur to what will it look like.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Standing strong for America in 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. economy is gaining strength but the Obamacare train wreck, festering problems in far away China and uncertain leadership at the Federal Reserve could derail the recovery.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
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