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By Tim Price, originally published on Next New Deal

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The Wage War for Public Workers' Unions (MSNBC)

Harris v. Quinn shows Supreme Court conservatives want to "weaponize the First Amendment" against public unions, says Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren.

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care for Caregiving Workers (HuffPost)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Annette Bernhardt writes that the Harris decision is just the latest example of how our public policy treats caregiving as second-class work.

Are the Authoritarians Winning? (NYRB)

Authoritarianism is gaining traction as democracies falter, writes Michael Ignatieff, but Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz's new white paper offers a comprehensive solution to the liberal state's fiscal crisis. (Note: This article is behind a paywall.)

How Bad Policy is Making the Great Recession's Damage Permanent (WaPo)

Austerity and low inflation are holding back productive capacity, writes Matt O'Brien, and unless they're willing to take more risks, some countries may never fully recover.

5 Ways Wall Street Continues to Sandbag the Economy, and How to Fix It (Prospect)

To set the economy back on track, Democrats must stop propping up the financial sector and undertake a massive public investment program, argues Robert Kuttner.

Low-Wage Workers' Newest Ally Is a Washington Bureaucrat (The Nation)

Zoe Carpenter talks to David Weil, the new director of the Labor Department's Wage and Hour division, about his plans to enforce and improve standards in the workplace.

New on Next New Deal

The Supreme Court's One-Two Punch Against Women's Health: McCullen and Hobby Lobby

Rulings against the contraceptive mandate and buffer zone laws will create more barriers between women and basic health services, argues Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Kuttner in Prospect misleading title but good (1+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541

    reminder of how the US recovered from the  1930s Great Depression, including

    Steeply progressive income taxes with marginal rates as high as 94 percent, limits on executive compensation, and...  The Federal Reserve simply bought whatever quantity of bonds the war effort required. This meant that a major category of financial industry profit -- buying, selling, and speculating in Treasury bonds -- was eliminated, at the expense of the rentier class.
    This is lesson on how the WWII was created is a useful companion lesson to the fact, often highlighted by Krugman, that
    the USA dealt with its WWII-generated debt simply by growing the economy so much that the (never paid back) debt shrunk as a percentage of the economy, which is the only debt metric that matters.[my paraphrasing]
  •  I agree with Robert Kuttner that Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    should stop "propping up the financial sector," but it will be impossible to "undertake a massive public investment program" without Republican support.  Otherwise encouraging the financial sector's investment in what SHOULD be public works is the only option the Democrats have.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:14:50 PM PDT

  •  Not sure on this. (0+ / 0-)
    The Wage War for Public Workers' Unions (MSNBC)

    Harris v. Quinn shows Supreme Court conservatives want to "weaponize the First Amendment" against public unions, says Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren.

    Did the conservative justices practically "invite" a full frontal assault on Abood?  Perhaps.

    But really, they could have simply thrown Abood out this time if all five of them were in agreement on it.

    Either one (or more) of the five was/is skeptical of going after Abood full-bore, and would have fallen the other way had the rest wanted to go after Abood in its totality, or the pundits might be reading too much into this.

    Yes, public sector workers are going to need to remain vigilant because the right-to-work-for-less crowd is unyielding, but painting this as a five-alarm fire for labor simply reflects this to be a far stronger win for anti-labor forces than it really is and may well help embolden them further.  Call it what it is, move on, fight the right-to-freeload crowd on other fronts, and for fucks sake - start pressuring elected Democrats to start showing more support for labor instead of constantly stabbing labor in the back.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 08:53:37 PM PDT

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