Hey, What’d I Miss? OTE Summary, 5/7 – 5/13

May 13th, 2013 at 10:41 am
  • Explaining how the classical economic model interacts with wealth concentration and money in politics in ways that block progressive policy.
  • Pointing to a reminder of why some polling results should be taken with a large grain of salt.
  • Introducing a new series that presents Q&A’s on some aspect of the full employment problem.  Up first: is labor-saving technology making it harder to get to full employment?
  • Posting some slides from a talk with the very cool and progressive NYC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Considering the political imbalance facing unions in America: the Republicans dislike them a lot more than the Democrats like them.
  • Looking at new data on hospital charges to explain why the health care “market” is so not a market.
  • Illustrating the effects of austerity on the economy with two NYT graphs.
  • Highlighting a debate on why it’s a very bad idea that a number of states are cutting their income taxes and raising their sales taxes.
  • Warning against snake oil supply-side tax changes in Virginia.
  • Laying out part four of the OTE Sequester Watch.
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