Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Sunday Snippets: Three News Stories that Catch the Eye

December 14th, 2014

The Cruz Paradox: Senate hits a level of dysfunction that actually somehow turns back on itself and gets things done. As far as I can tell, this is a new phenomenon in the space-time continuum of political science: In their negotiations over the CRomnibus spending bill, a couple of conservative senators—Sens. Cruz and Lee—insisted on… Read more

Who you callin’ massive? The CRomnibus actually cuts discretionary spending to historic lows as share of GDP.

December 12th, 2014

If you Google “massive budget bill” you get a lot of hits. “House…Approves Massive Spending Bill” “Congressional leaders unveiled a massive $1.01 trillion spending bill…” “…the House narrowly passed a massive spending bill late Thursday” “A massive federal spending bill finally won the House’s approval Thursday night…” I fear such language is massively misleading. True,… Read more

Highly misleading ads disguised as articles at the WaPo

October 3rd, 2014

I’m a big fan of the WaPo, not to mention a contributor (to the very cool and eclectic PostEverything section) and a long-time subscriber. So it really took me aback to see this so-called “sponsor generated content” masquerading as a Post-produced infographic on corporate tax rates. In fact, it’s nothing more than erroneous propaganda placed there by… Read more

Labor Day Reading

September 1st, 2014

Some great articles worth a look on labor, unions, wages, and more: EJ Dionne on an exemplary employer and the workers who went to bat for him. Jon Cohn interviews one of the deepest thinkers I know on labor issues: Rich Yeselson. An important look at the problem of “wage theft” in the NYT. Bob… Read more