First, the NYT’s Room for Debate series asks the important question: Are we ready for the next recession? As OTE regulars know, I say “no,” based on monetary policy, fiscal policy, and politics (otherwise, we’re fine…). I enjoyed other entries that stressed the importance of direct job creation programs, which make a lot of sense, especially… Read more
Given the horrific mass-shooting in Orlando over the weekend, it seems irreverent and off-point to scribble about the usual grist for the mill. So a bit of catchup and forward-looking stuff. –I’ll have a great interview in tomorrow’s WaPo with CBPPs Elizabeth McNichol on the need for infrastructure investment, with an emphasis on the state… Read more
…we’re leaving less advantaged kids behind, leaving significant net benefits on the table, and making it harder for parents to go to work. Over at WaPo.
This is why we all need to read Dean Baker’s Beat the Press column. This alarm bell–“the old are ripping off the young!”–goes off all too frequently. The answer is not, as such histrionics imply, to do less for the elderly, most of whom depend on Social Security and Medicare (Dean also makes the point… Read more
There may be no more highly-placed booster for the importance of college education than editor/journalist David Leonhardt of the NYT (disclosure: an editor of my occasional pieces at Upshot and someone I’ve known and respected for many years). Every few months, he writes something on this topic and he’s right to do so, both from a… Read more