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Eduardo Porter

Medicaid For Kids Largely Pays For Itself: Who Thinks The GOP's Magic Math Model Will Count That?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We're talking about something that requires far harsher condemnation. By lying about the numbers, Republicans are selling policies that take from the most vulnerable and give to the most fortunate.

Valuing Diversity and Investing in Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Imagine how different things for children might be if politicians were the ones to lose their jobs for failing to improve education, reduce child poverty, etc. What is needed is a focus on the needs of children before it is too late.

Today Show Sets Up Sting to Nab Soldiers Who Scam Thousands, Ignores Corporations Who Scam Billions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.06.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

It's not okay to steal just because one earns below the median income level. But as I watched "National Investigative Reporter" Jeff Rossen bear down on a soldier lucky to be earning one-fifth what he is, I wanted to know why this was the crime on which the Today show chose to focus.

NY Times Columnist Spun by For-Profit College Misinformation

David Halperin | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
David Halperin

If for-profit college executives want to make their institutions truly "indispensable," they should shift their priorities from deceptive advertising, Washington lobbying, and media spinning, and start truly focusing on preparing students for careers.

Playing With Fire

Michael Farr | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As rates begin to rise in anticipation of Fed "tapering," we would expect an eventual reversal as economic indicators begin to deteriorate. In other words, there is a ceiling on the pace of this economic recovery until deleveraging runs its course (which could be a long while).

The Necessity for "Muddling Through" Economics

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Surprisingly, it appears that economists may agree with one another much more frequently than is thought. We would be remiss if we did not point out that this is not necessarily a good thing for two reasons.

Labor's Love Lost

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Look for the union label." That was one of the catch phrases for the union movement in happier times. What is the status of labor unions as we approach Labor Day 2012?

Going Dutch a Great Idea for the Internet

Art Brodsky | Posted 07.11.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Earlier this week, the Dutch government gave final approval to one of the strongest open Internet laws in the world. Imagine that. A government guaranteeing through law that Internet connections can't be manipulated by big telecom companies.

Porter's The Price of Everything Pays Off

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Art Brodsky

In Porter's book, everything has a price -- even free. Can a value be put on a life? That's not a philosophical question. Of course it can, and it is, and there are several variations on the theme.

The Price Of Everything

Eduardo Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Eduardo Porter

At every crossroads, prices nudge us to take one course of action or another. In a way, this is obvious: every decision amounts to a choice among options to which we assign different values.