Whatever happened to the middle class? (with Heather Boushey and Matthew Stewart)

The American middle class is shrinking and, contrary to popular belief, globalization and automation are not to blame. Far from inevitable, skyrocketing inequality is a choice. In this episode, we look at the policy choices that have relentlessly undermined the middle class, and why we desperately need to choose a better future. Heather Boushey: Executive … Read moreWhatever happened to the middle class? (with Heather Boushey and Matthew Stewart)

Whatever happened to the middle class?

The American middle class is shrinking and, contrary to popular belief, globalization and automation are not to blame. Far from inevitable, skyrocketing inequality is a choice. In this episode, we look at the policy choices that have relentlessly undermined the middle class, and why we desperately need to choose a better future. Heather Boushey: Executive … Read moreWhatever happened to the middle class?

Basic Income vs Guaranteed Jobs: What If We Paid Stay-At-Home Moms?

By Stephanie Ervin Rising income inequality coupled with the fear that robots will soon occupy more jobs than average Americans has everyone calling for the creation of a modern safety net program. Recent debate on […] The post Basic Income vs Guaranteed Jobs: What If We Paid Stay-At-Home Moms? appeared first on Evonomics. Please follow … Read moreBasic Income vs Guaranteed Jobs: What If We Paid Stay-At-Home Moms?

BONUS: Where’s your $4,000 raise?

Civic Ventures president Zach Silk joins us for a quick explainer on how Republicans sold their trickle-down tax cuts as a great deal for the middle class—and how angry suburban voters punished them for their lies. Further reading:https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/10/donald-trump-gop-tax-cuts-wont-deliver-big-raise-column/471188002/ https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/11/republican-tax-cut-for-rich-economy-215696 Please follow and like us:

[BONUS] Quick Pitch: Where’s your $4,000 raise?

Civic Ventures president Zach Silk joins us for a quick explainer on how Republicans sold their trickle-down tax cuts as a great deal for the middle class—and how angry suburban voters punished them for their lies. Further reading:https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/10/donald-trump-gop-tax-cuts-wont-deliver-big-raise-column/471188002/ https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/11/republican-tax-cut-for-rich-economy-215696 Please follow and like us:

Kavanaugh coda

I wrote three NR pieces on Brett Kavanaugh after he was nominated. The first criticized prediction models purporting to locate his ideological position among the sitting justices. The second congratulated him for his inspired defense against accusations of sexual misconduct. The third noted that he would help determine the crucial “median justice” in the event … Read moreKavanaugh coda

To Get Rich Is Glorious

My post title here is of course Deng Xiaoping’s slogan celebrating the opening of China’s economy to private enterprise. It is also an allusion to the tendency of prominent academic economists to line their pockets by serving as (typically secret) “hired guns” for controversial entities, be they corporations, trade groups or nations. Alan Tonelson’s latest … Read moreTo Get Rich Is Glorious

What is the trick in trickle down? (with Yuval Harari and Molly Crockett)

What is the “trick” in “trickle down” economics? It’s how wealthy elites and their neoliberal lackeys convince you that what’s good for them (tax cuts, deregulation, etc.) is good for you… and that policies like the minimum wage, overtime, and paid sick leave will ruin the economy. Economics is a story we tell ourselves to … Read moreWhat is the trick in trickle down? (with Yuval Harari and Molly Crockett)

What is the trick in trickle down?

What is the “trick” in “trickle down” economics? It’s how wealthy elites and their neoliberal lackeys convince you that what’s good for them (tax cuts, deregulation, etc.) is good for you… and that policies like the minimum wage, overtime, and paid sick leave will ruin the economy. Economics is a story we tell ourselves to … Read moreWhat is the trick in trickle down?

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations December 22, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Sat, 12/22/2018 – 00:01 U.S. Department of Commerce building. Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its … Read moreShutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

ITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Unit

Candice Appiakorang, Public Affairs Specialist in our Office of Public Affairs sat down with ITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Communications Director, Brooke Kennedy, to get an in-depth look into the importance of enforcing trade laws and ensuring compliance with trade agreements. Keep reading to find out how this office promotes the creation and maintenance of U.S. … Read moreITA’s Enforcement and Compliance Unit

Petition To Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition; Supplement 1, Listing of an Adult Member of the Household; Supplement 2, Consent To Disclose Information

Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection: Petition To Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative; Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition; Supplement 1, Listing of an Adult Member of the Household; Supplement 2, Consent To Disclose Information Please follow and like us:

2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair

Honoring Local 19: ILWU Local 19 President Rich Austin, Jr. accepted the Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporter Award on behalf of the Local 19 membership. They were given the award for their role in the Jenkins Fellowship and for supporting the Bridges Center and students for three decades. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, over 250 people … Read more2018 Annual Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Awards Banquet honors ILWU Local 19 and welcomes a new Bridges Chair

Faribault: The Most Global Small City in Minnesota

Elise Buchen, Deanna Kuennen, Samantha Markman, and Laurence Reszetar promote the State of Minnesota to international business investors at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Trade Office. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and … Read moreFaribault: The Most Global Small City in Minnesota

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce Blog.  Janel Edens is the West & Central Africa Desk Officer in ITA”s Office of Africa  On December 7th, 2018, the U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between U.S.Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on behalf of the government of the United States and Minister of Foreign Affairs, … Read moreNew Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

Is Econ 101 a lie? (with Eric Beinhocker and James Kwak)

What is “Econ 101,” and why do economists always get things wrong? In this episode we dismantle orthodox economics, exploring where it comes from, why it’s wrong, and how “It’s Econ 101!” became a cynical rallying cry in defense of the status quo. Guests Eric Beinhocker (The Origin of Wealth) and James Kwak (Economism) explain … Read moreIs Econ 101 a lie? (with Eric Beinhocker and James Kwak)

“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Public reporting states the killer in the terrorist attack was born in Strasbourg, France. So before you make any more despicable statements that use the deaths of innocent people for your own purposes, get your facts straight.#WednesdayWisdom https://t.co/izMIFUwhFU — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 12, 2018 Unfortunately, the Strasbourg attack makes an NR piece … Read more“The most conspicuous failure of high-immigration globalism”

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

FirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety December 13, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 13:12 First responder network U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at swearing-in ceremony with FirstNet Board members The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) capped off a year of significant progress for public … Read moreFirstNet Moves Forward with New Board Members, Vision for Maximizing Network Impact for Public Safety

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

BEA Releases First County GDP Numbers December 12, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 12:55 Economic indicators BEA Graphic on Percent Change in Real GDP by County, 2014-2015. Real gross domestic product increased in 1,931 of the nation’s counties and decreased in 1,159 counties in 2015, according to prototype statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic … Read moreBEA Releases First County GDP Numbers

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa December 14, 2018 kcpullen@doc.gov Fri, 12/14/2018 – 10:47 Export and investment promotion New Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa Guest blog post by Janel Edens, Office of Africa, International Trade … Read moreNew Memorandum of Understanding with Côte d’Ivoire Slated to Strengthen the United States’ Ties to Africa

Parmjit Parmar, Pavandeep Bakhshi, Ravi Chivukula and Zaharis Indicted in $300 Million Investment Fraud

Parmjit “Paul” Parmar (48), Pavandeep Bakhshi (41), Ravi Chivukula (44) of Colts Neck, New Jersey, United Kingdom, Weehawken and Freehold, New Jersey respectively were indicted December 13, 2018 in an elaborate $300 million investment fraud scheme. According to the New Jersey District Attorney’s Office, Parmar, Zaharis, Bakhshi and Chivukula who were former CEO and CFO … Read moreParmjit Parmar, Pavandeep Bakhshi, Ravi Chivukula and Zaharis Indicted in $300 Million Investment Fraud

Aditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav in trouble for Hollywood Movie Piracy Scheme

Two Indian nationals, Aditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav, are among the five men indicted by a grand jury in Los Angeles on December 12, 2018 for allegedly distributing or offering stolen digital versions of Hollywood motion pictures and TV Shows for sale prior to their official release. Some of the Hollywood movies offered for sale … Read moreAditya Raj and Jitesh Jadav in trouble for Hollywood Movie Piracy Scheme

Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each of the firms contributed importantly to the … Read moreNotice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Why do we call it pitchfork economics? (with Ganesh Sitaraman and Walter Scheidel)

In 2014, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer warned his fellow plutocrats that our growing crisis of economic inequality would lead to an uprising or a dictatorship. Two years later, angry voters elected Donald Trump. In this inaugural episode of Pitchfork Economics, we explore why the pitchforks are coming, who they’re coming for, and how the stories … Read moreWhy do we call it pitchfork economics? (with Ganesh Sitaraman and Walter Scheidel)

On the new public charge rule

As I discussed here last spring, the Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to enforce the statutory ban on admitting any alien who is “likely to become a public charge.” The new definition of public charge will be “an alien who receives one or more public benefits.” That replaces the old interpretation of a … Read moreOn the new public charge rule

Why do we call it pitchfork economics?

In 2014, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer warned his fellow plutocrats that our growing crisis of economic inequality would lead to an uprising or a dictatorship. Two years later, angry voters elected Donald Trump. In this inaugural episode of Pitchfork Economics, we explore why the pitchforks are coming, who they’re coming for, and how the stories … Read moreWhy do we call it pitchfork economics?