Archive for the ‘Inequality’ Category

This AM’s Thought Experiment

February 14th, 2014

I pay very little attention to the zillionaires who publically complain that they’re being unfairly singled out in the inequality debate.  On the other hand, I pay a lot of attention to the impact of money in general and concentrated wealth in particular on elections, voting rights, and public policy.  In fact, I put that… Read more

Inequality: A Market Test

February 3rd, 2014

Finally have a moment to collect thoughts today, and wanted to reflect on some interesting inequality discussions in the papers this morning. Two points, united by one academic study (and it’s one I’ve focused on before in these pages). First, the NYT reports on evidence of higher inequality—more specifically, a squeezed middle class—in current consumer… Read more

SOTU 2014: First Impressions

January 28th, 2014

I’ll have more to say in coming days but I liked the speech.  The challenge for the President was to avoid ticking through a list ideas that had no chance of going anywhere.  I think he largely avoided that, though he did hit on ideas that Congress probably will, but shouldn’t block, like extended UI,… Read more