February 21, 2013 |
Even a conservative who ordinarily doesn't care much for government regulation of business ought to find the case for a government-mandated minimum wage pretty compelling. In brief: As a conservative, you believe in the dignity of work. And it sends a terrible message about the dignity of work when working full time does not earn you enough to live a decent life. On the other hand, even a committed liberal who is concerned about growing income inequality ought to have some doubts about the minimum wage.
June 11, 2000 |
A 1999 Times poll found that nearly 60% of Californians who described themselves as working or lower class expected they would be able to move up the economic ladder. Many at the bottom have, in fact, been making progress during this long expansion. This may be one reason why inequality, a hot topic for politicians and journalists in the 1980s and early 1990s, is getting less play these days. When people at the bottom and top are gaining ground, inequality is less potent.
July 19, 1999 |
The "digital divide" has been back in the news recently--but, as usual, only briefly. On July 8, the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration released its latest report in a series called "Falling Through the Net." This is an ongoing study of telephone, computer and Internet use in the U.S. that can be viewed at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/digitaldivide. In it, the government reported (using 1998 data) that 40% of U.S.
December 9, 2011 |
"This isn't about class warfare," said President Obama on Tuesday, in his speech at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. But in fact, the president for the first time dived into many of the themes that have been urged on him by left-wing class warriors: the disappearing middle class, "the breathtaking greed of a few," "insurance companies that jacked up people's premiums with impunity," "mortgage lenders that tricked families into buying homes they...
September 20, 2013 |
Since the economic disaster of 2008 sent incomes spinning downward and the jobless rate shooting upward, at least one group of Americans has found a path back to prosperity: the top 1%. Over the last four years, the super-rich have been able to rake in 95% of all income gains. That's right, according to a new study by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at UC Berkeley, while the number of poor Americans has risen and members of the middle class...
November 11, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Richard Hammond's Crash Course: Richard trains to be one of the crew tasked with changing a wheel in an IndyCar race in Sonoma in an episode that features a drive around the racetrack with legendary driver Mario Andretti (7 and 11 p.m. BBC America). How I Met Your Mother: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) decides to take action when Robin (Cobie Smulders)
April 14, 1991 |
One of the classic trade-offs in economics is between equity and efficiency. Under many circumstances, arrangements or policies that enhance one of these goals do so by sacrificing some of the other. Since the early 1970s, the U.S. economy has managed to do poorly on both counts.
September 1, 2008 |
Not all that long ago, America's prominent business and government leaders widely believed that our nation's prosperity depended on a strong middle class growing from the bottom up. Workers were rewarded for their hard work with fair wages, benefits and advancement opportunities -- and our economy and our national security were much stronger for it. Henry Ford certainly knew this, and often said that his company would prosper only if his workers...
December 7, 2011 |
On a day when President Obama explicitly sounded the alarm on rising income inequality in the United States in a speech in Kansas, protesters in Washington chose action over rhetoric, disrupting a fundraiser for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. As part of the “Take Back the Capitol” movement that has descended on the capital this week, protesters stood outside a tony D.C. restaurant, giving the business to lawmakers and lobbyists who tried to enter and chanting “We are the 99%!
December 22, 2013 |
You may have missed it, given the launch of the Christmas shopping season and all the foofaraw about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but earlier this month Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency. The topic was the rising level of economic inequality in America, which Obama identified as " the defining challenge of our time. " Numerous trends have come together over the last few decades, he said, to create "an economy that's become profoundly unequal and families that are more insecure.