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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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The Contraceptive Mandate Finally Leads America Out of the Victorian Era (Next New Deal)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Ellen Chesler and Fellow Andrea Flynn applaud the Affordable Care Act's proactive steps on women's reproductive health care, which are also key to women's economic security.

  • Roosevelt Take: Read Ellen and Andrea's new white paper, "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Expanding Access to Family Planning," here.

Comcast's Power Unveiled, Courtesy of Apple (Bloomberg View)

Rumors of a new content deal between Comcast and Apple demonstrate just how much control the internet service providers could have over what media Americans can access, writes Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford.

Private Charity Can't Replace Government Social Programs (LA Times)

Michael Hiltzik looks at "the voluntarism fantasy," as Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal describes the idea that charity alone could replace the public safety net. Hiltzik agrees with Konczal: it's just not possible.

  • Roosevelt Take: Mike explains the origins and flaws of this fantasy in Democracy Journal.

The Minimum Wage Symposium: A Lot of Data and a Couple of Fights (The Stranger)

Anna Minard reports on the Income Inequality Symposium held in Seattle on Thursday, March 27. She quotes Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren, who emphasized how income inequality leads to political inequality.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong gave the closing remarks at the symposium.

Blueberry Lies: WSJ Spearheads Disingenuous Effort to Keep Exploiting Farm Workers (Salon)

While the Journal may claim a case of "hot goods," in which the Department of Labor seized goods produced in violation of labor law, is regulation run amok, it's a truly necessary enforcement tool, writes Catherine Ruckelshaus.

Interns Are Now Protected Against Sexual Harassment in NYC (ProPublica)

Blair Hickman reports that in response to the dismissal of an unpaid intern's sexual harassment claim against her boss, the New York City Council passed a law including interns in labor protections, regardless of pay.

Jobs and Skills and Zombies (NYT)

There is no skills gap in the U.S. job market, writes Paul Krugman, but this "zombie idea" keeps hanging around. By blaming unemployment on the workers, this creates a very real policy gap.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 05:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Skills gap a marketing push for more H-1B visas (2+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, GreenMother

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:20:29 PM PDT

    •  Glad Krugman is writing about the myth (3+ / 0-)
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      BMScott, GreenMother, dinotrac

      Its just another cheap labor dodge.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:25:43 PM PDT

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      •  It's widespread, though. (1+ / 0-)
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        dinotrac

        DC Mayoral candidate Andy Shallal made that suggestion in an interview on The Real News recently.

        SHALLAL: That ties into all of that. So, you know, worse comes to worse, a kid doesn't do well, they end up going to jail, hey, we've got it. It's a win-win for some group of people, right?

        So I think in that sense they've figured out a way to monetize poverty. So there's not a real incentive to end it, in that sense. So that's really an important thing.

        The other thing is we have— in D.C., for instance, we have more jobs than people to fill them. We have more jobs in D.C. available. So when politicians get up and say, we need more jobs, we don't need more jobs. We need to train people to get the jobs that are available. We need to bring back vocational training into schools, to make it so that kids that want to do other than go to college, something else, learn cosmetology, learn about auto mechanics, learn about IT, learn about things that don't require a four-year college degree— I think it's really important to bring those back in schools.

        Maybe he's right in this case, even if it's not true on a wider scale. I'd be interested in seeing the evidence for it, though.
    •  It's also about age-ism (0+ / 0-)

      Older workers are more skilled, and experienced, and worth more money. It's easier and cheaper to just fire them and hire someone inexperienced and so eager to please that they are just grateful to breath the boss's air.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:12:20 AM PDT

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      •  My bad. As an older worker, I should have included (1+ / 0-)
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        GreenMother

        that.  I have both first-hand and second-hand knowledge of that phenomenon.

        Thanks for the reminder.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 05:57:01 AM PDT

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        •  Sometimes we can get so used to being stepped on (1+ / 0-)
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          dinotrac

          that we forget that we are people and not door mats.

          I totally understand.
          :)
          Thanks for covering this topic, I read the Krugman piece yesterday, it is good stuff, the more people exposed to his ideas, the better.

          "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

          by GreenMother on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 06:00:54 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Charity DOES Replace Gov't Safety Net (2+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson, Yo Bubba

    because it's not just wrong for government to promote the general welfare-- it's wrong for the general welfare to be any good.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:20:59 PM PDT

  •  Okay, we now have a real time test site..... (0+ / 0-)

    the mudslide in Washington state.  Let private charities handle the aftermath; mobilizing heavy equipment, manpower, cadaver dogs, search and rescue, food, water, toilets for all the workers/survivors/relatives/friends/press, first aid and medical crews, geologists, hydrologists, trash removal, slope stabilization, relocation, rebuilding, etc...........actually, the list seems endless to me.

    I AM not suggesting we let these people hang in the wind, what I am suggesting is that state, federal, local governments are set up to respond to these disasters, they train and plan for these types of scenarios, they are ready, certified, and paid. Private charity, while having the most honorable intentions, is not prepared to deal with these types of disasters.  

    The same can be said of social services, health and safety criteria must be met to even be a food bank, food can't be just stockpiled on the floor in a warehouse.....................

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:22:03 AM PDT

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