- Considering the President’s second inaugural speech — and the mismatch between aspirations and budgets in politics.
- An inequality roundup: highlighting the debate over what’s driving inequality, delving into whether inequality stifles or promotes growth, and illustrating the inequality staircase.
- Noting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is up and running and implement cool stuff, and why we should be glad about it.
- Analyzing a three-month extension on the debt ceiling: why it’d be a whole lot better to put down the head-banging hammer and get focus on the economy for a change.
- Looking at how wonks get snarky.
- Pointing to a new OTE video: Ross Eisenbrey, VP of the Economic Policy Institute, came over to talk to me about the recent passage of so-called Right-To-Work legislation in Michigan.
- Arguing that infrastructure is the deficit we should be talking about.
- Considering recent deficit hysteria and why we should take a measured look at what more it would take to stabilize the debt.
- Explaining the “retirement security stool,” and that the latter two of its three legs (Social Security, pensions, and savings) are especially wobbly.
Bonus: highlighting the relationship between the Medieval plague and a shortage of labor.