Economy and Business

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air. Or so the marketers want us to believe, as Valentine’s Day ads sweep the nation into a frenzy of buying flowers, greeting cards, and confections to communicate our affection. Washington is less forthcoming with the adoration, especially for working...

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Bad Bureaucracies Are Fraying the Social Safety Net

Bad Bureaucracies Are Fraying the Social Safety Net

I've always believed in government. That is, I believe there are roles in society that can be best performed by a government — to serve the people, rather than a profit motive. But I'm fed up. It's like a crisis of faith. I'm trying to believe the best about the...

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A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal pot. But Californians are now in the vanguard to fix the serious problem of how to pay for public higher education. Over 44 million households in the U.S....

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Colleges Are Screwing Both Teachers and Students

Colleges Are Screwing Both Teachers and Students

On Friday, January 26, I was in a good mood. I was about to start teaching for the spring semester on Monday. I had set everything up online, and my syllabus was ready. I'd even emailed my students to let them know which textbook to buy. Then I got a phone call from...

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Why Some Students Fail

Why Some Students Fail

Another semester is about to begin at the community college where I teach. Some of my students come from middle class backgrounds. They went to excellent high schools, enjoy financial and emotional support from their parents, and have what it takes to excel in...

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A Rigged Game Only Amazon Will Win

A Rigged Game Only Amazon Will Win

In September, the giant retail monopolist Amazon announced its intention to build a second corporate headquarters in Someplace, North America. Where's that? Aha, that's the trick in a corporate game called "Fleece the Taxpayer." CEO Jeff Bezos demanded that cities...

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