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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 toRead More

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 subsidizedRead 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 inRead 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 thatRead 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 everRead 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 theRead More