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Making Earned Income Credits a Better Incentive for Work and Fair to the Childless

Peterborough    In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Princeton economist, author, and former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Blinder made a brilliant case for Congress to actually read Obama’s proposal and do more to make the Earned Income Tax Credit really increase citizen wealth and even, are you listening my [...]

Defining Overtime and Discretionary or Supervisory Workers

Toronto   President Obama and his administration have announced an “always-on-the-shelf,” but long overdue move to revise the rules on definition and pay limits defining supervisory and discretionary workers and their eligibility for overtime.  In a sobering commentary noting the slow, grinding wheels of government, some have noted that a rule making procedure along these lines [...]

Enough with the Privatization of Security

Snowden at SXSW

Little Rock  Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, appeared via video-conference to an applauding audience in Austin at the South by South West conference among the Technorati to argue for better protection of privacy data.  He was lobbying for improved encryption programs and reportedly Google, Yahoo and others are on the job already.  [...]

Another Crossroads for Immigration Reform Strategy and Tactics

New Orleans    Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO lambasted the Republican “principles” on immigration reform as a non-starter virtually creating a permanent apartheid of immigrants inside the country.  There was a time when the vigorousness of labor’s opposition would have signaled the death of such a bill.  This time though President Obama was encouraging to the Republicans, [...]

$10.10 Executive Order May Have More Impact Than You Think

Little Rock  The President in his fifth State of the Union address said that he would issue an executive order raising the minimum hourly wage for workers employed under federal subcontracts to $10.10 per hour, the same number that he and many others have been advocating on the stair step proposal for the federal minimum [...]

Obama: Sailor for Social Change and Movement Man

New Orleans    A lengthy interview with President Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker has attracted a lot of attention for this detail and that, largely about the atmospherics and attitudes of the often inscrutably aloof Obama and how it impacts his practice as president.  More interesting to me were insights that Obama revealed [...]