Author Archives: Mike

What the Principles of the Ryan Plan Look Like in Florida

I want to bring this longer Jacobin post by John Carol Baker on what the state-level budget battles look like in Florida – Austerity in Heaven’s Corridor – to your attention.  We haven’t talked about the Ryan Budget that was released … Continue reading

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Live at Boston Review on Inequality, Rents and Occupy; Plus Comments on Three Types of Rents.

Boston Review has put their forum from their most recent magazine, What To Do About Inequality, online.  My contribution is here.  Check out the rest of the articles as well – Anne Astott’s contribution in particular was excellent. The lead essay by David … Continue reading

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A Note on Issa’s Brooklyn Foreclosure Hearing, or: The Lucy and the Chocolate Factory Theory of Foreclosure Abuses

Darrell Issa held a hearing in Brooklyn titled  “Failure to Recover: The State of Housing Markets, Mortgage Servicing Practices, and Foreclosures.”  It was filled mostly with members of the banking and regulatory community, as well as Edward Pinto of the conservative … Continue reading

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Links, 3/16/12

– I have a post up at Dissent, Three Crises in Higher Ed Affordability.  It’s helpful for me to divide out the current crisis into three different crises, each with different battlefields, strategies, ideas and solutions – and I’ll probably continue … Continue reading

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A She-covery In Sight?

Roosevelt Institute’s New Deal 2.0 editor Bryce Covert had an excellent summary of gender and the recovery over at the Nation: One Mancession Later, Are Women Really Victors in the New Economy?  Trying to figure out why women’s job growth have … Continue reading

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Efficient Frontier Tradeoffs and Plea Bargaining

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, has an editorial explaining how to crash the criminal justice system: AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during … Continue reading

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Bloggingheads with Peter Frase

The site Bloggingheads is changing its lineup so that there are weekly shows each hosted by a different person. One of the shows is now “Fireside Chats”, which will be curated by the Roosevelt Institute fellows.  Mark Schmitt did the first … Continue reading

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Some Critical Thoughts On The Rent Is Too Damn High

I just finished reading Matt Yglesias’ new e-book about the negative consequences of restrictive housing regulations, The Rent is Too Damn High (which I’ll refer to as RTDH in this post). I like the idea of the shorter e-book rather than … Continue reading

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VSP Historical Trip; also Keynes: “Look after the unemployment, and the Budget will look after itself.”

Let’s take a historical trip to see Very Serious People of the early 1930s explain the need to abandon expansionary plans and pivot to deficit reduction.  Here’s a fun one.  First there’s a 1932 letter published to the Times of London … Continue reading

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Is the Economy Really Taking Off Enough to Pivot to Deficit Reduction?

Steven Pearlstein is concerned there’s too much emphasis on getting unemployment down and not enough on pivoting to deficit reduction in the states. Krugman has a good response; I want to focus on two specific parts of Pearlstein’s post.  The first: … Continue reading

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