Monthly Archives: August 2014

The True Meaning of Labor Day

For America’s workers, Labor Day marks more than the end of summer. It’s a reminder of the struggles we have won—and those that lie ahead.   To many Americans, Labor Day has become an important way to send off the slower pace of summer and usher in the hustle and bustle of fall. To our […]

Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Past Week That Everyone Should Read

1. “Can Prop 103 Handle Driverless Cars?” — Ian Adams, R Street One theme that has been rising to the surface more and more in conservative arguments is the potential threat state occupational licensing and regulations pose to innovation and economic growth. Paul Ryan’s poverty plan included a section on reforming licensing and regulation, and […]

The Politics Of Every Major U.S. Religion, In One Chart

For many political analysts, it’s an established truism that religion — for better or worse — is a force to be reckoned with in American politics. The religious affiliation of candidates (or lack thereof) is at least a minor point of discussion in virtually every election, and pundits regularly pour over data about the “Evangelical […]

Economic Snapshot: August 2014

Christian E. Weller on the State of the Economy Labor Day celebrates one of our country’s greatest attributes: the American worker. As the U.S. Department of Labor says, “It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Despite slow but modest gains, this […]

Latino confidence in local police lower than among whites

About half of Hispanics say they have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in their local police force to not use excessive force on suspects and to treat people equally regardless of race or ethnicity, according to new data from a Pew Research Center survey released earlier this week.Overall, there are significant […]

Democrats Shouldn’t Seek Revenge for Republican Redistricting. They Should Offer This Deal Instead.

When the definitive political history of this decade is published, Barack Obama will be the central figure, mobbed by an array of allies, adversaries, accomplishments, and failures. But it won’t be the definitive history if it doesn’t give nearly equal treatment to the 2010 midterm elections. The Republican victory that year was decisive enough to […]

The biggest thing that blue states are screwing up

Robert Gebelhoff and David Leonhardt have a fascinating piece in the Upshot about what they call the growing Blue State Diaspora — the large net flow of Americans out of blue states and into red ones. The two key facts are that between 2000 and 2012, the blue-born population living in red states grew over […]

Bring Back The Welfare Stigma

Ah, stigma—one of the last great impediments to full-blown government dependency. The public schools in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, are not known for superb quality—one of them had so pandemic a rodent infestation that it was subsequently overrun by snakes—but give the incompetent buffoons some credit. They know a good handout when they see […]

The Biggest Tax Scam Ever

Some of America’s top corporations are parking profits overseas and ducking hundreds of billions in taxes. And how’s Congress responding? It’s rewarding them for ripping us off.   In July, the American pharmaceutical giant AbbVie, maker of the world’s top-selling drug – the arthritis treatment Humira – reached a blockbuster deal to acquire European rival […]