Category Archives: Safety Net

Municipalities Face Obstacles as They Seek to Address Inequality




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Rising inequality is a permanent fixture of our economy. That bleak assessment of our economic landscape is one of the troubling conclusions of a new report by the United States Conference of Mayors. “Unless policies are … Continue reading






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Book Review: When Government Helped




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The New Deal era beginning in the 1930s set up the government structure we enjoy today. But ever since, conservatives have waged a protected war on “Big Government.” The assault on government deepened with the presidency … Continue reading






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Corporate Fat Cats Become the Nation’s Richest “Government Employees” by Leaching Off Taxpayers




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Budget hawks squawk about bloated bureaucracies and excessively paid public employees to justify their calls for slashing government services. In recent years, their drumbeat about government waste has contributed to a political climate that has allowed … Continue reading






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A Quarter Century Without a Raise




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Wouldn’t it be just lovely to go nearly a quarter century without a raise? Astonishingly, that’s what restaurant servers–whose wage floor is set by the federal government–face. Despite opposition from Republicans and business groups, President Barack … Continue reading






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The Foreclosed Dreams of African Americans




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The housing crisis has led to the foreclosure of the homes of 10 million people–equivalent to the population of Michigan. The foreclosures have particularly devastated the African-American community, which lost over half its wealth because of … Continue reading






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Outgoing NYC Mayor Joins the Pension Scare Mongers




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg added his voice to the nationwide attack on public-employee pensions as he prepared to end his 12-years in office. In his last major public policy speech, he put … Continue reading






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Obama, de Blasio, Fast-Food Workers and the Challenge of Inequality




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The day after President Obama described inequality as the “defining challenge of our times,” fast-food workers walked off the job in 100 cities across the country, demanding to be paid $15 an hour and the right … Continue reading






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Who’s Getting Walloped by the Economy? Go Ask ALICE?




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Occupy Wall Street struck a deep chord with its notion that the fundamental divide in our country is between the “1 percent” and the rest of us. That facile rhetorical device brilliantly captured the sharpening of … Continue reading






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Expand–Don’t Cut–Social Security




By GREGORY N. HEIRES With a growing acceptance that millions of Americans will face a retirement crisis, the deficit hawks’ call for cutting Social Security is losing credibility. As the federal deficit continues to fall and the baby-boom generation enters … Continue reading






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As the 1 Percent Leaves the 99 Percent in the Dust, Bush’s Chief Economist is Smiling




 By GREGORY N. HEIRES Perhaps you shouldn’t be surprised that the chief economist during George W. Bush’s presidency seems happy that economic inequality in our country is at its most extreme since the Great Depression. After all, the Bush administration … Continue reading






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