Anthony Kammer Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer was a good book and one that should be getting far more attention. Their thesis is that American inequality is at its base political—that is, inequality is not the result of rational market forces but is the byproduct of legislation lobbied for by organized industry … [Read more...] about Winners Never Lose
Archives for January 19, 2011
Yevgeny Shrago The wave of Tea Party victories in the last election cycle means renewed promises of closing the deficit with vague promises of future spending cuts. The inability of Tea Party governments on the state and local levels to fund deficits with cheap money means that it should be possible to observe what sorts of “unnecessary” government services the newly elected … [Read more...] about The Tea Party and Local Fiscal Responsibility
Rachel Lauter Last week, Massachusetts’ highest court, the Supreme Judicial Court, handed down its ruling in the Ibanez case, affirming a lower court’s ruling which invalidated two foreclosures based on U.S Bancorp and Wells Fargo’s improper paperwork. The ruling affirms that banks must show that they were assignees of the mortgages at the time of the foreclosure. That is, if … [Read more...] about A new weapon against foreclosures?
Marshall Thompson The recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a great step for equality in this country. Having served in two combat zones with good friends and outstanding soldiers who were gay, I was overjoyed that our nation abolished this oppressive policy. Unfortunately, while homosexual service members can now serve openly, they will remain second-class citizens when it … [Read more...] about DADT repeal leaves military spouses out in the cold