Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas. They carried some historic news: Slavery had finally and completely ended, they declared. All of America’s enslaved people were now free, some two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation...
Pain as a Policy Choice

Pain as a Policy Choice

On average, our economy tanks every seven years or so. By now we should have a pretty good idea of why that tanking happens, how we can protect ourselves, and what the impact will be. Unfortunately, we don’t. Recessions remain a bit like death, inevitable yet near...
Fighting An Unfair System

Fighting An Unfair System

The gap between the rich and poor has been growing for decades. Some claim this growing gap is the natural result of smart, hard workers getting what they deserve (fabulous wealth) and lazy, mediocre workers getting what they deserve, too (poverty). This framing is...
A Double Deuce to Working Families (and Math)

A Double Deuce to Working Families (and Math)

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic. It’s impossible to cut taxes, increase spending, and balance the budget....
The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

Most of us know folks who owe everything they have in life to education. That explains, I suspect, why we nod in agreement whenever we hear somebody describe education as the ultimate antidote to inequality. Education certainly can serve as a brake on our widening...
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