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James K. Galbraith
James K. Galbraith is an economist who has served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee. He is a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, a Senior Scholar of the Levy Economics Institute, and Chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security. In this interview, he talks about why the Republican budget plan is wrongheaded, and what would be a better way to reduce the deficit and spur economic recovery.
Jesse Bragg is the Executive Director of the Vermont Democratic Party. He got a taste for Vermont politics while at the University of Vermont, and shortly after graduation, he jumped into the action, working for the Democratic party in 2008 in Burlington, helping Dan Smith with his mayoral campaign and then joined up with Organizing for America to build support for issues such as national health care reform. Here he tells us about Vermont’s Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s pledge to sign into law this week a bill to provide universal health care to Vermont residents.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen
Bill Press interviews U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD) on raising the debt ceiling, and the foiled attempt to end oil company subsidies. He says Republican members of Congress are using the deficit reduction crusade for the purpose of “strangling government in the bathtub.”