New NDN Report and Debate: The Bush Economic Record

As Director of NDN’s Globalization Initiative I’m pleased welcome our readers to a new experiment - two days of economic debate on our blog. Today we are launching new report – The Bush Economic Record. It is a guide to the President's economic mistakes. More than that, it is a reason why this administration must be held accountable for its failed economic stewardship in November elections.

You can download a copy of the report in PDF format here.

Over the next two days we have invited various guest bloggers to debate the administration's record, to highligth the key economic issues facing our country, and to discuss the priorities for progressives to make our economy work for all Americans once again. Over the coming days you will see contributions from:

The debate about the economy is becoming more important by the day. Driven by the issue of stagnant wages and flat incomes, a new CNN poll this week showed that the economy is the single most important issue for most voters in deciding how to cast their vote in November. For the first time the economy is more important to voters than Iraq, terrorism and immigration.

The administration has tried, and will continue to try, to spin its dismal economic record. But it will fail because ordinary Americans know that they're not gaining ground under Bush when they manage their real paychecks and bills every month. Finally, the political establishment is also waking up to the fact, as this Washington Post editorial said over the weekend, that most Americans just are not benefiting from our current growth.

We hope that today’s report, and the debate on this blog over the next few days, will help to further focus attention on the current administrations poor economic choices, and what we as progressives need to do ensure our economy works for all American’s once again. And I encourage anyone reading this to take part, either by blogging the report or by offering comments to any of our guest posters.