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The Privileged Who Can't See Their Own Social Safety Net Are The Worst

Matthew Dicks | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Matthew Dicks

It's convenient, short-sighted, and stupid to judge the economic position of another person when you could fail spectacularly in your life and still fall into relative economic security. You could blow up your life again and again and still return home to food and shelter and maybe even a job.

GDP Not Good Enough: The Need for a New Metric for Growth in a Changing World

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
St. Gallen Symposium

By Pallavi Roy, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community Growth is intrinsic to nature and humans. However, as we c...

Do Financial Markets Matter for the Real Economy?

Alex Edmans | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business
Alex Edmans

The benefits of an efficient financial sector for the real economy are clear. The challenge for policymakers is to harness the financial sector's vast resources to increase the informativeness of market prices.

IRS Appears Headed Toward New Rules that Will Continue to License Secret Contributions in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appears to be headed toward issuing new IRS regulations that will continue to license section 501(c)(4) groups to improperly launder massive amounts of secret contributions into federal elections.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

Rescuing Rural Schools in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the early 1990s, Poland transferred ownership and management of the public schools to local authorities. But in many of the smaller, less densely populated areas, there wasn't enough money to keep the schools going, and thousands were closed. The crisis compelled Alina Kozinska-Baldyga to abandon her Ph.D. and throw herself into a new project to save rural schools.

The Floor Beneath Our Feet

AVODAH | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

By Jonathan Huberman This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty. Last year, I participated in AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps in New York City, eng...

What the News in the U.S. Gets Wrong About Denmark

Paul Gordon | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

What the news in the U.S. tells you about Denmark's population being so happy truly is a load of crap, and the answers to fixing the broken U.S. social and financial system cannot be found there.

A Radical Way To Fix The Inequality Plaguing American Justice

The New Republic | Noam Scheiber | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

Maintain and refine, maintain and refine. That’s how progressives talk about the welfare state these days. After nearly a century of expanding gover...

IRS Sets Its Sights on Political 'Dark Money'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail "social welfare" nonprofit groups' ability to influence elections while concealing their donors.

My Story of Childhood Hunger: From Hungry to Lawyer

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Hunger limits you in a way that is difficult to describe because you are constantly thinking about getting food, keeping food and not knowing when you are going to eat next.

Campaign Finance Reform by a 'Stroke-of-the-Pen'

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is a silver (and gold) lining in the IRS flap. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell has pointed out that the law under which the flap arose has been misinterpreted by the IRS since 1959.

IRS Scandal a Carbuncle -- on a Cancer-Wracked Body

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Permitting Tea Party, left-wing, libertarian, middle-of-the-road -- whatever -- groups to define themselves as untaxed social welfare organizations that may accept unlimited, untaxed, secret corporate gifts and sponsor political ads is a sarcoma on democracy.

The Economics of Peace: Can We Be Fair (without Love)?

Suna Senman | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Suna Senman

By giving immigrants equal access to the privileges of nationals, what seemed fair to policy makers seemed unfair to citizens such as Breivik. So fairness, being subjective, is not the glue that binds us. Love, in the form of genuine respect, is that glue.

Where Rubber Hits the Road: Reforming Public Sector Management

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The way taxes are collected, budgets and policies are set up, and public employees are managed and behave affect the results that governments can achieve. Why then is reforming public sector management so hard to obtain, since benefits are so obvious?

Tenured Economists For a Free Market President

Pat Choate | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Pat Choate

Romney's economic plan has gained the public endorsement of more than 600 professional economists. This public support, however, is diminished by the fact that most of these economists are urging voters to do as they say, but not as they do.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Control Targeted By Conservative Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are fixed on the money race between President Barack Obama, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the outside groups cheering the...

Krugman: Ryan Program Would Kill Medicare | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

Paul Ryan's speech Wednesday night may have accomplished one good thing: It finally may have dispelled the myth that he is a Serious, Honest Conservat...

A Mormon-Catholic Ticket?

R. Scott Appleby | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
R. Scott Appleby

Nineteenth-century Catholic and Mormon leaders initially pointed to the church as the primary vehicle of social welfare. But the complexity of modern economies led both churches to recognize the essential role of the state in creating and maintaining a broad safety net for the poor.

A Modest Proposal to Stop Tipping Bartenders

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy
Stephen Robert Morse

Why do we tip taxi drivers 10% to 15%, waiters and waitresses 15% to 20%, and hotel chambermaids $1 per night, while bartenders expect to rake in $1 per drink (or more if we're feeling generous)?

Half a Century of Poverty In America

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, too much of what passes for poverty policy are discussions of which safety net programs to cut. Well, fifty years after The Other America, it makes sense to step back and reflect on how far we've come, how effective our efforts have been, and how much further we have to go.

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Campaign Hits Back At Rove Group's Secret Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lawyer for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign has asked the Federal Election Commission to force Karl Rove's non-profit or...

Amanda McCorquodale

What Happens To 30,000 Pounds Of Gourmet Leftovers From SoBe Wine & Food Fest | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 02.27.2012 | Miami

The four-day South Beach Wine and Food Festival is an exercise in excess. Think delectable pork burgers topped with both fatty bacon and moist pulled ...

Of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Michigan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

While not setting any time limits for funding the presence of American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, Congress has set a Federal lifetime limit of 5 years on cash assistance to America's needy.