This fella is on to something. Let poor families help themselves to determine solutions.
We’re trying to elevate this concept of “no service.” We’d like to take the money that programs would normally spend on social workers and instead make it available as scholarships or investments or loans. That would parallel the kinds of benefits that we give to the rich because society thinks they create the jobs.
When Families Lead Themselves Out of Poverty https://nyti.ms/2uXDlIa
Class, priveledge, and government handouts designed for whites have long been a barrier to the middle class for others.
[Rolling back Affirmative Action] implies that all that stands between hard-working whites and success are undeserving minorities who are doled out benefits, including seats at good schools, by reckless government agents.
In fact, today’s socioeconomic order has been significantly shaped by federally backed affirmative action for whites. The most important pieces of American social policy — the minimum wage, union rights, Social Security and even the G.I. Bill — created during and just after the Great Depression, conferred enormous benefits on whites while excluding most Southern blacks.
Southern Democrats in Congress did this by carving out occupational exclusions; empowering local officials who were hostile to black advancement to administer the policies; and preventing anti-discrimination language from appearing in social welfare programs.
Southern legislators introduced the same job category exclusions into other New Deal laws: the Wagner Act of 1935 that helped to expand industrial unions, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that mandated a 40-hour workweek and a minimum wage that explicitly left out agricultural and domestic workers.
Representative James Wilcox, a Depression-era Florida Democrat, explained the region’s position during the Fair Labor Standards Act debate: “You cannot put the Negro and the white man on the same basis and get away with it,” he declared.
When Congress passed the G.I. Bill in 1944 to help white veterans buy homes, attend college, get job training and start business ventures, it could have done the same for blacks. But at Southern lawmakers’ insistence, local officials administered these benefits. As a result, Southern blacks were left out, except for low-level vocational training. The law accommodated segregation in higher education, created job ceilings imposed by local officials, and tolerated local banks’ unwillingness to approve federally insured mortgages or small-business loans for African-Americans and Latinos.
Making Affirmative Action White Again https://nyti.ms/2uQ4ay0
Subsidizing housing for the wealthy, especially members of Congress while denying those who need it most is just one of the cruel realities of the American Dream.
The idea that Congress needs $2500 a month for housing is insulting to most Americans.
We make this point all the time. It’s what’s essentially wrong with the arguments that come from Thomas Friedman and the World is Flat crowd.
Education does not work for everyone and it can’t be our only solution to inequality.
Some people just can’t be educated out of their circumstances. Humanity is beset with a capability gap which only evolution can undue. We need better solutions if we’re going to make the world a more equitable and just place.
If we really want to address issues of inequality and economic insecurity, there are a lot of other policies that we have to pursue besides or at least in addition to education policies, and that part of the debate has been totally lost. Raising the minimum wage, or providing a guaranteed income, which the last time we talked seriously about that was in the late 1960’s, increasing workers’ bargaining power, making tax policies more progressive—things like that are going to be much more effective at addressing inequality and economic security than education policies.
So we have this strange situation where we’re trying to address educational inequality while economic inequality is expanding in ways that make educational inequality even worse.
This article is really about wage theft, but no one likes to call it that.
The author commissioned a study to show how we could make up lost income gains by using earned income tax credits for the lowest paid workers.
This is a great idea which the staff generally applauds, but it misses the point of where the lost wages went. In seeking to fund this make-up pay the authors dance around the idea of making those responsible give it back.
economic growth has far outpaced income growth for decades. Gross domestic product for each person in the United States was 78 percent higher in 2015 than in 1979. But the average income for those households at the 20th percentile of the income distribution rose only 6.9 percent in that span.
No one wants to admit that corporations and the wealthy took the profit from productivity gains and GDP growth away from the workers. Now have to carefully beg for it back. This is not NobodyisFlyingthePlane. This is wage theft.
What Would It Take to Replace the Pay Working-Class Americans Have Lost? http://nyti.ms/2htjKcu
Of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Except that that’s not how it’s working out these days. It’s working out to be a government for the rich and for corporations.
A recent study found…
that in policy-making, views of ordinary citizens essentially don’t matter. They examined 1,779 policy issues and found that attitudes of wealthy people and of business groups mattered a great deal to the final outcome — but that preferences of average citizens were almost irrelevant.
“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule,” they concluded. “Majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”
One reason is that our political system is increasingly driven by money: Tycoons can’t quite buy politicians, but they can lease them. Elected officials are hamsters on a wheel, always desperately raising money for the next election. And the donors who matter most are a small group; just 158 families and the companies they control donated almost half the money for the early stages of the presidential campaign.
America the Unfair? http://nyti.ms/1UdlP9G
Theft of wages by employers is estimated to costs low income workers $50 billion a year. That’s 3x greater than the total of all robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and car thefts in a year.
The central theme of NobodyisFlyingthePlane is that we’re not paying attention to the real things that harm us and the real causes of the problems we face. This is a great example. We spend enormous amounts of time, money, and mental efforts fighting theft by the disenfranchised, but we institutionally support theft from them by those higher up on the ladder.
NobodyisFlyingthePlane means we fail to see our problems for what they really are. The same behavior we enshrine as good business practice we imprison others for.
failure to pay what workers are legally entitled to can be called wage theft; in essence, it involves employers taking money that belongs to their employees and keeping it for themselves.
evidence suggests that wage theft is widespread and costs workers billions of dollars a year, a transfer from low-income employees to business owners that worsens income inequality, hurts workers and their families, and damages the sense of fairness and justice that a democracy needs to survive.
All of the robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts in the nation cost their victims less than $14 billion in 2012, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.That is well over one-third of the estimated cost of wage theft nationwide.
Underscoring how widespread the problem of wage theft is, Kentucky Labor Cabinet spokesperson Daniel Lowry reported that the state collected $4.4 million in restitution on wage theft cases in 2013, while comparatively all robberies in the state totaled $2.5 million.