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Beth Shulman

Entries by Beth Shulman

Shame Is the Name of the Game

(15) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 2:56 PM

I've been thinking about the difference between "shameless" and "shameful," and which label ought to apply to whom in the current health care debate. Both words seem at first to mean the same thing, another fluke of the wild 'n' crazy English language. But not in this argument.


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It's Time to Cover Part-Time Workers

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 2:31 PM

Two cheers for Marriott International! The giant corporation announced recently that its full-time workers whose hours have been reduced to part-time will be allowed to retain health care benefits. Marriott stands out because most of the nine million full-time workers who due to the recession are now part-timers haven't been...

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What Working Mothers Needed this Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 6:02 PM

For generations, Americans shared the belief that if you worked hard, you could take care of yourself and your family and move into the middle class. In light of the current economic crisis, and recent data showing that wages have remained stagnant despite increased worker productivity, it's clear that this...

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A Step Towards Equal Opportunity

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 7:52 PM

Here in the United States, we believe in equality of opportunity. The vision is that the results may not be equal, but we should all at least have equal footing at the starting gate.

The reality, of course, is very different. For children in low-income families, opportunity is anything...

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Fixing the Unemployment System

(11) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 10:44 AM

Experts have documented the way that employers have shifted the risk of health care and pensions onto the backs of American workers. But few of them have noticed the way that the current recession has shifted even more of the risk to workers and their families, in the form of...

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How the U.S. Tax Code Really Redistributes income

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 1:22 PM

Tax season is upon us. And this year, change is coming to the U.S. tax code.

While President Obama's plans to remake our health, energy and education systems have received a great deal of attention, his key changes to the tax system have received much less attention, even though they...

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Pensions 2.0: A Better Plan for a Financially Secure Retirement?

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 2:29 PM

President Obama's focus on healthcare is essential; next his focus must be retirement security.

Even before the economy's free fall and the elimination of many employer matches to 401(k) plans, our retirement system wasn't working for most Americans. Only half of full-time workers have retirement plans through their employers...

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Not Just Any Job is Good Enough

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 2:41 PM

As President Obama pursues caps on excessive wages for banking executives, I suggest that he insist upon even more important limits at the other end of the wage spectrum. He should use the power of the presidency to ensure living wages in the jobs resulting from his federal initiatives. At...

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Punishing Workers Who Must Work Part-Time

(15) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 3:52 PM

As temperatures rise, so do unemployment rates as out-of-work job-seekers enter the stifling summer months wondering how long they will be out of work. According to the Labor Department's monthly employment report, the nation's jobless rate in May rose to 5.5%, the highest level since 2004 and the largest one-month...

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Tax-Code Social Policy

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2008 | 12:07 PM

Of life's two certainties - death and taxes - which is shrouded in more mystery?

In the past few weeks, most Americans have been poring over piles of papers, receipts and complicated sets of instructions in an effort to decipher where they fit in the U.S. tax system. But...

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