Good Reads for May 5…

Posted on May 5, 2015


Paul Ryan is very unserious about helping poverty. In fact, he is downright cruel.

But for all Ryan’s rhetoric on poverty, he’s also the author of a series of budgets that would absolutely wreck programs for the American poor, inflicting massive human suffering on the nation’s most vulnerable residents. It’s never been exactly clear how Ryan would resolve this tension, but his appearance on Face the Nation suggests he’s going to try to make his poverty programs work with his budgets‚ which is to say he’s going to argue that taking trillions away from the poor is somehow actually good for them.

Krugman: Race, Class and Neglect.

Take, for example, issues of health and mortality. Many people have pointed out that there are a number of black neighborhoods in Baltimore where life expectancy compares unfavorably with impoverished Third World nations. But what’s really striking on a national basis is the way class disparities in death rates have been soaring even among whites.

Most notably, mortality among white women has increased sharply since the 1990s, with the rise surely concentrated among the poor and poorly educated; life expectancy among less educated whites has been falling at rates reminiscent of the collapse of life expectancy in post-Communist Russia.

Mark Thoma blows up David Brooks’ dubious claim

When it comes time to actually support more spending on education for the disadvantaged, Head Start, Pell grants, etc., those on the political right invariably vote for reductions to offset tax cuts for the wealthy rather than for an investment in our future.

You’d almost think that all the supply-side rhetoric is really a cover for tax cuts for wealthy constituents rather than a reflection of true concern about our children and our economic future.

Bobby Jindal has destroyed Louisiana’s economy… and won’t touch Duck Dynasty’s tax incentives.

The Republican governor’s tax breaks failed to deliver the economic growth Jindal expected, and the resulting fiasco is just ugly — the far-right policymaker inherited a healthy, $900 million budget surplus from his Democratic predecessor, but Jindal is wrapping up his second term struggling to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole.

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