Let workers decide who counts as ‘family’ for paid sick and family leave
Beginning on October 1st, 2018, workers in Austin, Texas will have a new right: to paid leave for sick days, either for themselves or a close family member. Austin is the 31st city to adopt a paid sick leave policy – but the first in the South.
What real liberalism looks like
A great tragedy of American political etymology is the fate of the word “liberal.” Although the liberal philosopher John Locke can be seen, intellectually, as a founding grandfather of the United States, the word liberal mutated to mean “left.” American liberalism jumped from John Locke to Dewey and then to Rawls. The result is that “liberals” and “libertarians” are seen as being on the opposite sides of the spectrum, when in terms of social issues they are often in agreement.
Trump's tax bill has nothing to do with economics. It's brute-force politics
The Republican party has achieved something nobody thought possible. They have taken the broken, regressive, loophole-riddled US tax code, and made it worse.
Let’s talk about the GOP proposal to give a fetus a tax benefit
The House GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has provisions to please and to provoke almost everybody. There are welcome ideas: reducing the mortgage interest deduction, boosting the child tax credit, and taxing the large endowments of large colleges. Not so much: eliminating the estate tax, lowering the student loan interest deduction, and slashing corporate taxes.
Here's Why the Middle Class Must Pay More Taxes, Not Less
To properly fund infrastructure investments, tax credits, training and education, and seriously tackle the federal budget deficit, we will need the top 20 percent of Americans to pay more in taxes.
‘Exclusionary zoning’ is opportunity hoarding by upper middle class
One of the great advantages of the United States has, at least historically, been the nation’s sheer scale. With almost four million square miles of territory, there has almost always been somewhere to go to find land, or at least a living.
Trump gets something right: Apprenticeships and social mobility
In policy wonk circles, there is a something of a knee-jerk reaction to a Trump proposal. The President proposed it, ergo it is a bad idea. As a general principle this heuristic has some value: there are almost laughably bad policies flowing out of the White House. But be careful: there are some good ones, too.
'Wages and wives' are a big reason the rich are getting richer
Over the past four decades, the gap between those at the top of the income ladder and everyone else has widened. The "top" here includes, but is not limited to, the top 1%. A larger group, equivalent to the top fifth of the income ladder, have seen their incomes rise faster than the majority of Americans.
Author of viral New York Times op-ed: Don't kid yourself that you're middle class
What social class are you in? If you are like most Americans, you will probably say "middle class." In a recent Pew survey, almost nine in 10 Americans did, and about half of Americans said they were "middle middle" class. Only 2 percent acknowledge that they're "upper class."
Really, it’s not just the 1 percent
Income inequality has increased in recent decades: nobody disputes that. But there is plenty of argument over the main story. Is it the separation of the very rich in the top 1 percent of the distribution (the “we are the 99 percent” story), or is the fracture that counts lower down, with the top 20 percent pulling away from the rest?
Glass floors and slow growth: a recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility
Generations of British and US children have benefited from the hard work their parents contributed to many decades of strong economic growth. This has helped to ensure that, on average, children in their adult lives are economically better-off than their parents were at the same age. But growth has now been weaker for many years.
A better way to cut government spending: End tax breaks on 529 college savings plans
Public money is tight. Policymakers at federal and state levels are looking for savings. Some, at least, are anxious not to hurt poor and middle-income families. How do they balance the budget without worsening inequality?
Don’t want to be a Dream Hoarder? Here are 5 things you can do right now.
In my new book Dream Hoarders, I argue that the American upper middle class is separating from the bottom 80 percent, and that this separation threatens the ideal of equal opportunity.
Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich
When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale.
Summer internships are destroying the American Dream
Of the 1,500 unpaid interns hired into Michael Bloomberg’s mayoral office in New York City in 2002, at least one in five had been recommended by someone within the administration. And one successful candidate had an especially easy interview: Emma Bloomberg.
The Dream Hoarders: How America's Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality
In January 2015, Barack Obama suffered an acute political embarrassment. A proposal from the budget he’d sent to Congress was dead on arrival—but it was the president himself who killed it.
Everyone Loses In UK Election
Teresa May last night became the second Conservative Prime Minister in less than year to take an unnecessary gamble, and lose. She was elevated to the premiership in the aftermath of David Cameron’s reckless decision to hold a referendum on EU membership. After the Brexit vote, and after a terrifying few days in which it seemed possible that Boris Johnson could lead Her Majesty’s Government, May seemed like a godsend.
'Exclusionary Zoning' Is Opportunity Hoarding by Upper Middle Class
One of the great advantages of the United States has, at least historically, been the nation’s sheer scale. With almost four million square miles of territory, there has almost always been somewhere to go to find land, or at least a living.
Liberals, Worry About Citizens' Character, Not Just Trump's
Liberals know better than socialists or conservatives that free societies can only function effectively if they are comprised of strong individuals. Paternalism becomes necessary when individuals lack the capacity and agency to run their own lives well.
There’s a better way to celebrate take your kids to work day: Taking someone else’s kid instead
This week, parents are being urged to take their kids to work for the day. But here’s a better idea: Don’t. Strike a blow for equality by taking a kid from a different social background instead.
Illiberal arts colleges: Pay more, get less (free speech)
The case of Murray v. Middlebury has generated plenty of interest, and for good reason. For those who missed it, Charles Murray, a distinguished if often controversial social scientist, was prevented from speaking at Middlebury College by repeated noisy disruptions to both a public and hastily-arranged private webcast.
Paid leave for fathers, too, please
The idea of paid leave is popular, as survey after survey shows. But in the minds of many, including President Trump, paid leave is seen as a women’s issue. This is wrong, wrong-headed, and regressive.
Drs. Carson and Price: Working together, you can narrow stubborn race gaps in health and housing
Dear Doctors Carson and Price, Congratulations on being nominated to serve as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development and Secretary for Health and Human Services, respectively, in the new administration.
Middle America’s malaise helped Trump to victory, but he has no cure
For many whites, and especially for white men, a vote for Donald Trump was a cry of pain. Leave aside that most of Trump’s voters did not attend rallies, and that few live in the bizarre, twitterspheric world of the Alt-right. His successful wooing of white middle America, especially in the Mid-West, and of white less-educated men, helped him to win the Presidency.
Social mobility: A promise that could still be kept
As a rhetorical ideal, greater opportunity is hard to beat. Just about all candidates for high elected office declare their commitments to promoting opportunity – who, after all, could be against it? But opportunity is, to borrow a term from the philosopher and political theorist Isaiah Berlin, a “protean” word, with different meanings for different people at different times.
Young Americans value commitment over marriage: But can you have one without the other?
Here are three things that we know for sure: Children raised in stable homes do much better in life; The commitment of parents to providing stability matters a lot; Married parents are much more likely to stay together than cohabiting couples.
5 ways to make the populist-Republican coalition government work
Nominally, the GOP now has political control of the federal government. But in reality, the U.S. is about to be governed by a coalition between a populist president and Republican leaders in Congress.
Men’s Lib!
SO far the gender revolution has been a one-sided effort. Women have entered previously male precincts of economic and political life, and for the most part they have succeeded. They can lead companies, fly fighter jets, even run for president. But along the way something crucial has been left out.
Las Vegas gambles on the next presidential debate
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority knows the value of money. So the decision by the Authority to spend $4 million to host the third and final Presidential debate on October 19th, has to be seen as a decent bet on the PR value that would accrue to the city, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where the encounter will take place. UNLV itself has subsequently spent an additional $4 million.