The Class of 2012’s Choice

The Class of 2012’s Choice

Millions of college graduates will soon walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Given the harsh reality of today’s economy, here’s the commencement speech I’d like to deliver to the class of 2012: Congratulations on your degrees. And sorry...
Legislating Under the Influence

Legislating Under the Influence

It’s all the rage in state legislatures and even in Congress. More than a dozen states are debating proposals to require jobless Americans who receive unemployment benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing. The argument for forcing the unemployed to relieve...
Hardly Working

Hardly Working

Many people know that some 14 million Americans, officially about 9 percent of the nation’s work force, are unemployed. Another 12 million are under-employed. That means they’d like full-time work but can’t get it, or maybe they’re working two...
Unemployed for Life?

Unemployed for Life?

Across the country, in every region and at companies large and small, unemployed people are being told they are ineligible to apply for vacancies. Everyone knows that it’s illegal to discriminate in hiring when it comes to factors like race, gender, disability...
The GOP’s Honeymoon Is So Over

The GOP’s Honeymoon Is So Over

Republicans swept last year’s elections. The GOP captured more than 675 state legislative seats, flipped 10 governor’s mansions, gained control of over 20 state legislative chambers, and won more than 60 seats in Congress previously occupied by Democrats....