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Sep 29 2010

Poverty and Education

The recently released Census report on the state of poverty in the United States confirms what many have suspected for some time, this recession has reversed many quality of life gains made by Americans, especially the middle-class, in the last decade. Another piece of disturbing news from the Census report is that Blacks and Hispanics have been disproportionally affected by the crisis. The reason I highlight this point is not to diminish or underestimate the paints others have endured but to stress the significant role education can potentially play in poverty alleviation.

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0 comments - Posted by Enrique Pumar at 9:03 AM - Categories: Economy | Education

Sep 24 2010

The GOP’s Pledge to America—Don’t Bet On It, Please!

The stalwarts of the Republican Party—Mr. Boehner and company—have unveiled their plan to put America back on the right economic track.  Reduce taxes, reduce government spending, repeal health care reform, and reduce the deficit...Look, it’s time to get serious.  Understand that the deficit will not be substantially reduced without both tax increases and reductions in government spending.  Also understand that health care reform as enacted, though not perfect by any means, is also a necessary step to long term deficit reduction.

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1 comments - Posted by Ernest Zampelli at 8:53 AM - Categories: Economy | Government & Civil Society

Sep 8 2010

Midterms 2010: Beware the Optimists

By all accounts, things look bad for congressional Democrats in November.  National polls indicate that the party is a distant second choice for voters (most recently, this Gallup generic ballot survey which puts Democrats at an historic low).  In addition, polls at the state and district level show many incumbent Democrats doing badly.  Partly as a consequence of these polling numbers, analysts who examine individual House and Senate races paint a dire picture for the majority party...

Despite all of this, a number of commentators and Democratic leaders have refuted the idea that a Republican “tidal wave” election is poised to happen.  Most recently, Jim Kessler of the think tank Third Way argued in a Washington Post editorial that, because the political environment of this year differs in many ways from 1994 – the last midterm in which Democrats lost control of Congress and Republicans won huge numbers of seats – Democrats have less reason to fear an electoral tidal wave that will sweep them out of power.

I do not share that view. 

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2 comments - Posted by Matthew Green at 10:24 AM - Categories: Government & Civil Society