Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect, Ann Friedman, Jamelle Bouie, and Tim Fernholz talk about Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s interview on CNN, the scheduled Quran burning at a Florida church, and rising income inequality.
Mark Schmittsays Republicans caused our economic uncertainty, but progressives have answers:
And as a political theme, "uncertainty" is also brilliantly evasive. Republicans who are willing to advocate specific and massive spending cuts, like Rep. Paul Ryan, and those who prefer vagueness, which are all the others, seem to agree that we need more certainty. And for independent and moderate Democratic voters who were made uncomfortable by the process of passing health reform but still generally favor President Obama's policies, "uncertainty" plays on their anxieties about the odd twists and turns of Washington.
Dana Goldsteinsays Obama's election showed how much the country has changed, but his governing has shown how much it hasn't:
The urge to romanticize the 2008 presidential election is almost overpowering for progressives. Although the Democratic primaries were grueling, they seemed to validate the diversity of the party's coalition. Flooding the streets on election night, progressives could ecstatically celebrate America's achievement -- and their own -- in electing the first African American president.
President Barack Obama delivering remarks on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College West Campus in Parma, Ohio. The president assailed the Bush tax cuts and put forth his own plan to invigorate the flagging economy.
Tim Fernholzasks whether the recession will ever be over:
The Reinharts found that economic growth lags for years after a financial crisis ends. Advanced economies in particular feel the effect on their labor markets, with each that has faced a post-World War II financial crisis seeing higher unemployment after the crisis than before. This, in turn, suggests that what the United States faces is not a "cyclical" crisis but rather a long-term shock to the economy, something different from what we've experienced since World War II in the United States.