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There's no doubt that the economy has fast become the premiere issue in the 2008 election. Just what is best to do about the stuttering American economy is the question. Tax cuts or trade agreements, hedge funds or home loans — all are up for discussion on THE JOURNAL. Explore discussions on matters as diverse as the daily struggle to make ends meet or the growth of private equity.

Add your concerns and solutions for the economy to the map.

John Bogle photo by Robin Holland
On the financial industry today: "When I came into this business in the 1950's, it was a business focused on the wisdom of long term investing. We changed in that period to a business that is focused on the folly of short term speculation. And think about this for a minute. If you're a true investor holding a company for the long term, you're well aware that the value in that company is company's earnings compounded over time, developing new products and services, developing efficiencies, trying to size up the proper corporate strategy — you know — making the company more valuable. But, in the folly of short term speculation, you're just thinking 'will that stock be worth more or less six months from now, or a year from now?'"

Watch John Bogle on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL.

Katherine Newman
On unemployment at a human scale: "I think that we need to remember that work anchors people in the social world we live in. It is a lot more than a paycheck. It's their identity; it's their sense of purpose. And that's been true, you know, more or less from the birth of the country. And since the great depression, we've recognized how important it is for people to be able to do for themselves. They do sometimes need the support of government to make that possible. And that's why I think if we could invest more in public employment, and if some of the stimulus package ends up creating jobs to help create the sort of infrastructure that we need to repair the roads, repair the schools-- we've got a lot of unfinished business out there. And the American people are willing to go to work and finish that business, if given a chance."

Watch Bill Moyers' conversation with Katherine Newman.

William H. Donaldson photo by Robin Holland
On the need for non-ideological market regulation: "I would hope that I would be called independent in thought, and not adopting a conservative or liberal — clearly what's needed is an independence of thought, if you will. And an approach to regulation. Markets don't regulate themselves. Clearly. Anymore than you can have an intersection and no stop signs and red lights."

Watch the interview with William Donaldson and reporter Robert Kuttner.

Katherine Newman
On the need for strong unions: "There is no reason why a truck driver today at the ports in Los Angeles, you know, should be making half the wage that they were making 20 years ago. There are opportunities in America to share better in the wealth, to rebalance the power. And unions and government are part of the solution. But we need big answers not small ones."

Watch the interview with SEIU president Andy Stern.


References and Reading:
ONLINE NEWSHOUR: Business and Economy
Coverage ranges from candidate positions on the economy to how China's lending and asset buying impact the U.S. markets and economic stability.

TIMES TOPICS: US Economy
Collected NEW YORK TIMES articles on the economy.

"Recession 101," Tom Van Riper, FORBES.com, January 23, 2008
Historical perspective from FORBES.

"What is the Middle Class?"
A fact-check Q&A from Factcheck.org

"Inequality in America"
The rich, the poor and the growing gap between them, THE ECONOMIST, June 15, 2006

Think Tanks
American Enterprise Institute
"The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare." The Web site offers information on AEI research projects and publications, podcasts, and AEI event listings open to the public.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a policy organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Center's site has an easy-to-understand introduction to the federal budget process.

Center For Economic and Policy Research

Economic Policy Institute

Hoover Institution

Ludwig von Mises Institute

Public Agenda on Economy

Employment
U.S. Department of Labor

Change to Win
Change to Win was founded in September 2005 by seven unions and represents six million workers: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Laborers' International Union of North America, Service Employees International Union, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, United Farm Workers of America, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and UNITE HERE.

AFL-CIO
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions and represents 10 million workers. he AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

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Moyers interviews Katherine S. Newman, author of THE MISSING CLASS: PORTRAITS OF THE NEAR POOR IN AMERICA, about the millions of near-poor in America, who are just one disaster away from poverty..

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