In pushing back on an argument against Universal Basic Income (UBI) plans, Dylan Matthews engages in a curious non-sequitur. Let me point out where he’s wrong but offer him a more salient contradiction in my position. Matthews, in defending the idea that “every American gets a basic stipend from the government,” quotes me as follows:… Read more
Over the past few days, I’ve published a couple of posts wherein I’ve tried to noodle over how we got to this moment in health care reform. Here, I’d like to add a few observations from that and other debates and ask whether there’s something important and potentially positive going on in the current political… Read more
…to stuff in faraway lands. EG, here’s a piece in the NY Daily News wherein I argue that for all the voices proclaiming that Trump’s really nasty and thoroughly mathematically challenged first budget is “dead-on-arrival” in the Congress, that’s unfortunately not quite accurate. Why not? Because “virtually every priority in Trump’s budget is one that Republicans… Read more
A few weeks ago, Jason Furman and I participated in one of those Intelligence Squared debates on the premise that the Universal Basic Income is the safety net of the future. We were opposed and that has surprised some of my friends and colleagues who figured I would be for a UBI. We’re hoping to… Read more
In testimony today, I talked about a) barriers that block people’s opportunities, hurting their mobility and living standards, b) short- and long-term policy solutions, c) what NOT to do if we want to boost opportunity. Check it out.