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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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FDR Set the Terms for Labor Executive Orders (Reuters)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren praises President Obama for following FDR's path with his recent executive order raising the minimum wage for federally contracted workers..

This Is How You Fix Ailing Public Pensions (Time)

Rana Foroohar draws out some key points from the Roosevelt Institute's conference on the public pensions crisis, including the need for fewer high-risk investments and campaign finance reform.

  • Roosevelt Take: The conference showcased a forthcoming study by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Rob Johnson, who wrote about additional possible solutions to the pensions crisis.

Christie, Scott Walker and the Assault on Workers’ Pensions (The Nation)

For Republican governors with hopes of the presidency, attacking public pensions under the specter of Detroit is a strategic key, write Bob and Barbara Dreyfuss.

Tom Perkins Is Winning: The Rich Already Vote More (TPM)

William W. Franko, Nathan J. Kelly, and Christopher Witko point out that voter turnout already has a class bias, which results in state governments that are less responsive to public opinion.

Stop Currency Manipulation and Create Millions of Jobs (EPI)

By ending currency manipulation, when countries shift exchange rates to influence the costs of trade, Robert E. Scott says the U.S. would not only create jobs but would also lower the deficit.

The Home Mortgage Business, Where Cheaters Always Seem to Prosper (TAP)

David Dayen explains how Ocwen, a mortgage servicer, has managed to build an entire business around harmful and sometimes even fraudulent behavior toward homeowners.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 04:51 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  might I suggest that pension funds invest in (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know, say the workers who's money they're investing?
    you know,
    home loans
    home improvement loans
    college funds
    retraining funds
    startup funds

    I'm betting they could even make decent returns compared to bonds and such

  •  So China. (0+ / 0-)

    We have one bunch who are SURE beyond any shadow that if we don't get our finances in order that China will stop lending us money and we'll really be in the soup.

    We now have another bunch who are SURE as can be that the reason our manufacturing jobs have gone overseas is that China is manipulating its currency by lending us money.

    So we don't realize that the US prints its own currency and we're mad that China does too.

    Sorry, the manufacturing may come back but the JOBS never will.  The author of the piece even expects more jobs in agriculture!  Not happening.

    "Our problem is not that the glass is half empty or half full, but that the 1% claims that it is their glass." ---Stolen from a post on Daily Kos

    by jestbill on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 01:09:04 PM PST

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