Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

2013 poverty and income results: Rising tide lifts a few boats, but the levee needs work.

September 16th, 2014

They’re out and I’ve got an extensive analysis up at PostEverything. For here, some highlights. –The poverty rate fell more than I expected last year–down half-a-percentage point from 15% in 2012 to 14.5% in 2013. It was fully driven by a sharp decline in child poverty rate, which fell almost two percentage points, from 21.8%… Read more

The Self-Fulfilling Function of Political Dysfunction

September 13th, 2014

Here’s an engaging oped by Jon Grinspan that makes one of my favorite points, one which is obvious but under-appreciated, I think: generalized and pervasive negativity about government perpetuates broken government. As Grinspan (a name that sounds like the answer to the crossword puzzle clue: “happy central banker”) puts it: First, we need to realize… Read more

Bipartisan Solutions to Poverty?

September 3rd, 2014

Tom Edsall takes an interesting tour through various partisan views on the causes and solutions to poverty, suggesting that there’s a unified theory in there somewhere: The emergence of a rough ideological consensus on the causes of poverty and inequality would increase the likelihood of, but by no means guarantee, agreement on such initiatives as raising the… Read more