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Barriers to opportunity in today’s America


Gina Luster, 42, and daughter Kennedy Luster, 8, at a now-defunct water fountain in downtown Flint, Mich. Luster’s interest in activism began with the city’s water crisis and has now transformed into a full-time position for a local nonprofit. (Brittany Greeson for The Washington Post) I need a Trumpcation, by which I definitely do not mean a weekend in Mar-a-Lago, but a break from the chaos wrought by the administration.

To be clear, I’m not getting out of the vigilant oversight business, especially regarding attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act or pass big, wasteful, regressive tax cuts. But it’s […]

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says AI taking US jobs is ’50-100 years away’ — but it’s already beginning to happen

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On Friday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin answered a slew of questions in an interview with Axios’ Mike Allen about the global economy and US labor market, including about the threat of artificial intelligence (AI) affecting American jobs.

Mnuchin is not overly worried. Concerns about AI and jobs are so far way "it’s not even on our radar screen… 50-100 years" away, he said, according to Axios.

"I’m not worried at all" about robots displacing humans in the near future, he said, before adding, "In fact, I’m optimistic."However, studies have estimated that AI could affect jobs much sooner than that. And, […]

Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

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Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of […]

Getting ahead in the city is hard. In rural America, it’s even harder.


Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images It has been snowed over by the rallying stock market and the cascade of controversies in the early months of the Trump administration, but the 2016 election revealed a deep economic and geographic divide in America. That divide remains critical — though not sufficient — to understanding both Donald Trump’s victory in that election and the policy debates that have defined his presidency so far.

Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was fueled by a growing Republican dominance in rural areas , as NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben wrote last fall. Those areas have been left behind by […]

Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you so much. Please, please have a seat. Thank you so much. Well, thank you, Neera, for the wonderful introduction and sharing a story that resonated with me. There were a lot of parallels in my life and probably resonated with some of you.

Over the past 10 years, the Center for American Progress has done incredible work to shape the debate over expanding opportunity for all Americans. And I could not be more grateful to CAP not only for giving me a lot of good policy ideas, but also giving […]

Bootstrap myth exposed: White inheritance key driver in racial wealth gap


Madison365 Professor Thomas Shapiro “Blacks/Latinos/non-whites don’t value education like whites do. They don’t work as hard as whites do. They spend more than whites do on junk,” says your standard white guy at the end of the bar dissecting the large racial wealth gap in the United States. “They just need to get off their butts and bootstrap it up like I did!”

However, the old tried-and-true American bootstrap lore took a big hit this month with a study that shows most families living with the material comfort and range of opportunities normally associated with middle-class status have obtained them […]

Unemployment numbers don’t tell real struggles of US families

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© Getty Images Monthly unemployment figures have long been the barometer of America’s economic health. Unfortunately, they fail to tell the real story of the economic pressures experienced by American families, conditions that are rife with employment insecurity that constrict and ultimately threaten the American dream.

It is time for a new measure of economic health, one that takes into account a new national climate that has been changed by technology, labor practices, globalization and cataclysmic events such as the Great Recession and its seemingly bounce-less rebound for low- and middle-income Americans.

To truly understand the economic stability of American families, […]

Restoring America’s Economic Mobility

Frank Buckley
Author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he has taught since 1989. Previously he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and he has also taught at McGill Law School, the Sorbonne, and Sciences Po in Paris. He received his B.A. from McGill University and his LL.M. from Harvard University. He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and the author of several books, including The Once and Future King: The Rise of […]

INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD. A Thesis

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1 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis Presented to the faculty of the Department of Public Policy and Administration California State University, Sacramento Submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION by Michael W. Billingsley SPRING 2014

2 2014 Michael W. Billingsley ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ii3 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis by Michael W. Billingsley Approved by:, Committee Chair Robert W. Wassmer, Ph.D., Second Reader Su Jin Jez, Ph.D. Date iii4 Student: Michael W. Billingsley I certify that this […]

It’s not the economy; it’s education

Democrats are searching for a plan to bridge the deep political gulf between the white, working-class voters who supported Donald Trump and the urban, professional, LGBT voters and people of color who supported Hillary Clinton. The major parties are becoming foreign countries to each other — with their own media, values and vocabularies. The solution: Focus on the yawning educational divide that underlies the political one.

Educational attainment separates Americans geographically, politically, economically and culturally. College graduates backed Clinton by a nine-point margin. Voters without a college degree backed Trump. Clinton won more votes among college-educated whites than Barack Obama […]