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What would Dieter do?

October 14th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics Blog.

Sprechen Sie Trade?

When it comes to exports, the United States could learn something from Germany.

In the second quarter, Germany’s economy grew at a blistering annual rate of 9%, almost all of which was due to robust exports. In August, German manufacturing orders expanded by a healthy 3.4%, driven by strong foreign demand for products like Audis in China. America’s economy is four times larger than Germany’s, but Germans export more manufactured goods than us, and those exports account for over a third of Germany’s GDP.

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A Message That Actually Works — Until It’s Scrambled

September 23rd, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

In “A Message That Actually Works,” Mike Lux laments efforts by Democrats to frame the upcoming election as a choice between going back to the Bush economic plan or moving forward with President Obama’s. He used the poor performance of what he referred to as a “Third Way-style” message in a recent Democracy Corps poll as evidence that the approach is a dud. With all due respect to Mr. Lux, calling the polled message “Third Way-style” is like calling a soufflé an omelet because they both contain eggs. Even though there’s a common ingredient, different combinations produce wildly different dishes. We think ours is the winning recipe.

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Bullish on November

April 6th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Roll Call.

It is becoming clear that progressives need to lay the groundwork to claim success. No, not on health care — the benefits of which may take years to realize ­— but on the economy.

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Congress Should Extend a Helping Hand to Homeowners

February 12th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Roll Call.

The past two years dealt a punishing blow to the personal wealth of millions of middle-class homeowners. Amid rising foreclosures and plummeting home values, Americans lost more than $4 trillion in home equity. Ten million American households — or more than 1 in 5 homeowners — are currently “under water,” owing more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth. Millions more have lost the equity they were counting on to send their kids to college, save for retirement or to have as a nest egg for emergencies.

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