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May, 2016


Banter #222: Tamra Ryan on the Women’s Bean Project

Tamra Ryan joins us this week to discuss what’s she’s learned as the CEO of the Women’s Bean Project, a transitional job training program for chronically unemployed women. Tamra explains how WBP programs reduce barriers standing between vulnerable women and self-sufficiency, why her thinking on these issues has evolved, and what remains to be done to empower all women to be engaged members of society. Learn More About the Women’s Bean Project Redefining “unemployable”: Tamra Ryan at TEDxMileHigh (July 2013) “The Third Law” (November 2013) Subscribe to Banter on iTunes Source: New AEI Feed Banter #222: Tamra Ryan on the Women’s Bean Project

How to help close the tax gap

In its latest projections, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the next ten years, federal government deficits will increase from 2.5% of GDP in 2015 to 4.6% of GDP in 2025. With revenues projected to remain stable over this period, increasing government expenditures on Social Security, Medicare and subsidized health insurance purchases by individuals and small employers will drive these deficits. People walk out of the Federal Building, where the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auditing offices are located. REUTERS/Kevork Djamsezian How can we make up for this shortfall in revenues? One obvious way to expand revenues is to goRead More

Child poverty in America is not a global embarrassment

Earlier this month, an opinion piece published in US News and World Report was headlined “Our Childhood Poverty is a Global Embarrassment”. Citing a UNICEF report on income inequality, the author wrote: The study took a comprehensive approach, comparing the gap between children at the very bottom to those in the middle across a range of criteria – including household income, educational achievement and self-reported health and life satisfaction. The central question was this: How far do countries let those at the very bottom fall? In the United States, the answer seems to be distressingly far. The claim that AmericaRead More

Obama’s shameful apology tour lands in Hiroshima

An American president’s highest moral, constitutional and political duty is protecting his fellow citizens from foreign threats. Presidents should adhere to our values and the Constitution, and not treat America’s enemies as morally equivalent to us. If they do, they need not apologize to anyone. The White House says that President Obama won’t apologize as he visits Hiroshima Friday. But who believes his press flacks? More on Obama’s Hiroshima visit: Why Obama can’t apologize for Hiroshima His penchant for apologizing is central to his legacy. He may not often say “I apologize” explicitly, but his meaning is always clear, especially sinceRead More

Controlling labor costs in the new $15 an hour minimum wage world: kiosks, robots, and housekeeping opt-out rewards

We know from basic economics that capital and labor are substitutes in the production process, and the more expensive labor is, the more incentive there is for firms to substitute capital for workers. It should be no surprise then that restaurants across the country are suddenly more interested than ever before in investing in labor-saving technologies, self-ordering kiosks, automation, and robotics as they prepare to counteract the inevitable spike in labor costs from the $15 an hour minimum wage hysteria that is sweeping the country. For example, Investor’s Business Daily reported recently that fast-food chain “Wendy’s said self-service ordering kiosksRead More

Yes, more young Americans really are living with parents rather than spouses

“College graduates,” said Paul Ryan in the best line of his 2012 vice presidential acceptance speech, “should not have to live out their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” Today Ryan occupies the seat he didn’t want of the two behind the podium when the president addresses Congress, but his words still ring true. The Pew Research Center reports that for the first time in the modern era more 18-34 year olds are living with their parents rather than spouses or partners. TheRead More