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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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The New Paul Ryan Is All About Heart (NY Mag)

Though Paul Ryan tries to portray himself as the Republican who cares about the poor, his policies cut funding from anti-poverty programs, writes Jonathan Chait.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal points out that Ryan doesn't just cut funding from the poor; he buys into the fantasy that charity alone could solve poverty.

Trucking Used to Be a Ticket to the Middle Class. Now It’s Just Another Low-Wage Job. (WaPo)

Lydia DePillis explains how the (potentially illegal) reclassification of truck drivers as independent contractors has changed the industry. With all the costs shifting onto the drivers, earnings have dropped.

Hawaii Set to Become Third State to Hike Minimum Wage to $10.10 (MSNBC)

Hawaii will follow in the footsteps of Connecticut and Maryland, reports Ned Resnikoff. The state is also giving a big boost to its tipped workers, whose wages will be calculated by far more favorable rules.

The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back (The Atlantic)

Elizabeth Segran looks at adjunct professor organizing, which has grown tremendously. It's not just about money; adjuncts complain that it is impossible for them to properly teach under this system.

The Real Reason Conservatives Oppose Renewing Unemployment Insurance (TNR)

Conservatives are asking for overwhelming proof that the long-term unemployed suffer without extended unemployment insurance, says Danny Vinik, because they just don't want to spend the money.

Get Rid of Job Killing Tax Extenders; Pay For the Rest (Working Economics)

Thomas L. Hungerford points out House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's hypocrisy: he requires budget offsets for unemployment insurance, but not for more expensive tax breaks.

What Problem Is Privatizing Fannie and Freddie Meant to Solve? (HuffPo)

Dean Baker sees no reason to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac right now, since they are performing well. But if we must, government should get out of mortgage-backed securities entirely.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 05:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The Real Reason Conservatives Oppose Renewing.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64

    ..Unemployment Insurance..

    says Danny Vinik, because they just don't want to spend the money.
    ..is only part of the story, and one  - imo - that isn't nearly as helpful, as it is used as the pretext for the RWNJ's deficit harangue BS.

    The goal the GOP shills want to maintain is an excess labor pool; a loose labor market.
     Full employment is anathema to the corpo party - (R's)

    Thx Roosevelt Institute

  •  Thomas Jefferson (1+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64

    Thomas Jefferson quote.

     "We have no paupers,’ Thomas Jefferson boasted in an 1814 letter. ‘The great mass of our population is of laborers.  Our rich, who can live without labor, either manual or professional, being few…most of the laboring class possess property, cultivate their own lands, have families, and from the demands of their labor are enabled to exact from the rich and the competent such prices as enabled them to be fed abundantly, clothed above mere decency, to labor moderately and raise their families.’”

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:44:35 PM PDT

  •  Lessons Of History (0+ / 0-)

    “In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.”

    ― Will Durant, The Lessons of History

    Let them eat cake didn't work out very well.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:08:36 PM PDT

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