Former Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley on the value of bipartisan cooperation, fair taxes, and putting general interest before special interest.
The staff was mostly too young to remember the details of the 1986 tax reform, but Bill’s retelling certainly aligns with our worldview. That is that politicians can sometimes get it right, cooperation beats polarization any day, and that taxes which advantage one group over another ultimately harm us all.
When Congress Made Taxes Fairer https://nyti.ms/2qjfsK8
This is very socialist…
A proposal for guaranteed employment which could solve a lot of what ails us.
Right now, recessions feed on themselves: People lose jobs, their consumption drops, so more people lose jobs, until the recession bottoms out. But employment through the job guarantee is limited only by human imagination and ingenuity. A recession is just a collapse in the private sector’s ability to employ everyone according to the capitalists’ priorities. So recessions would simply throw workers onto the job guarantee’s alternate employment, with its attendant wage floor. The bottom for recessionswould be much shallower, and recoveries much faster, shrinking the job guarantee rolls again. We would be spared the human and social wreckage that comes with spells of mass unemployment. Preventing mass joblessness would prove far cheaper than eliminating it once it’s set in.
The staff often says that you have to be a pretty bad person to be a nationally prominent politician, but this article has helped us bring a nuanced understamding to that.
Regardless of your views of his presidency…
Obama’s personal behavior has set a standard few presidents have ever reached.
those who praise Obama as a model father or husband for the black family do him a disservice. He’s a model, without asterisk for race.
As a person, as a human being, Barry stands head and shoulders above the rest.
It will be a long time before this country gets another leader of this quality.
With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential http://nyti.ms/29UyHCW
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
An ode to vocational education.
Giving people skills that provide good jobs and provide value to the market and society has been a missing key to this massive job shift we’ve experienced.
It’s time to follow Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s example and retool education to look at other outcomes beside college.
In his almost eight years in office, he has made his No. 1 priority lifting the skills of Delaware’s citizens. He worked on traditional education, expanding high-quality pre-K and helping low-income teenagers go to college. And he worked on what academic researchers like Robert Schwartz call “the forgotten half”: the many students who won’t graduate from college but who also need strong skills to find decent jobs. Their struggles are a major reason that America’s work force is no longer considered the world’s most highly skilled.
But having a major can also help students who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. It connects book learning to real life. It can help launch them into college or a certificate program and avoid the epidemic of academic drift.
Many people in New Castle, not to mention the industrial Midwest, feel a deep cultural connection to craftsmanship — to making things and working with their hands. They’re not inspired by working in cubicles or comfortable offices.
At the same time, they can’t simply do as previous generations did and graduate from high school into a good job. They can’t bring back yesterday’s economy. They need blue-collar skill-building to thrive.
The country has failed to provide nearly enough of that skill-building, and we’re all living with the consequences.
A Jolt of Blue-Collar Hope http://nyti.ms/2f1v9Uk
Originally the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane was against this tax. We looked at it from the perspective of City needing to focus energy on far greater problems. We came around this year when municipalities tried again.
Even if the money is not earmarked for health issues it does seem to have positive effects. More impact full was our realization that this could b a new way to punish corporations for harmful behavior and products. At least it may disincentivize products which do more harm than good.
It’s always heart warming to see a company that profits by poisoning people take one on the chin.
Could we come up with local taxes on coal companies and other polluters?
Big Soda’s Well-Deserved Losing Streak http://nyti.ms/2eNqeGs
Who better than Native Americans to be stewards of our national lands?
We need a strong coalition to keep our wild lands safe. Accepting qualified pilots is the first step to countering NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Pilots with strong cultural connections the Earth seems like wise move.
Old Treaties and New Alliances Empower Native Americans http://nyti.ms/2eXsiqh