President-elect Obama’s transition team is working on stimulus plans aimed specifically at middle-income workers.A look at economic projections for 2009 and the prospects for averting a sharp rise in unemployment


  • Lawrence Mishel president of the Economic Policy Institute
  • Naftali Bendavid national correspondent, Wall Street Journal; author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution."
  • Mark Zandi chief economist of Moody's Analytics and author of "Financial Shock" and the forthcoming book, "Paying the Price."


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