Democrats Are In a Policy Funk

After losing the House in 2010, and now the Senate four years later, Democrats seem bereft of ideas about how to reconnect with the electorate.  Democrats seem to have a grip on the White House and Hillary Clinton appears to be the odds on favorite going into 2016.  Yet, with Republican policies blatantly favoring the rich, you have to wonder why so many middle class voters are casting votes for the GOP.  Republicans now hold majorities in both chambers of the legislatures in 29 states—their most since 1920—compared to just 11 states for the Democrats.  In 23 states, Republicans control both chambers of the state legislatures and the governorship, compared to just six Democratically-controlled states.  Republicans are now governors in 31 states including the very blues states of Maryland and Massachusetts, and President Obama’s home state of Illinois….

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Social Work and the Welfare State

As a social worker on the Hill I have had a front row seat during battles over the welfare state.  Usually the main combatants are Republican conservatives who continue their relentless quest to reduce government’s involvement in providing for indigent Americans and Democratic progressives who believe go ……

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Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort continues for hardest hit New Yorkers

October 29th marked the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in 182 lives lost, 150,000 homes destroyed, and 17 percent of the city’s land flooded. Sandy caused over $65 billion in damages across the tri-state area, many of which have yet to be repaired. …

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Raising the Minimum Wage Is Not a Solution to Poverty

“Money is your work in paper form,” my high school history teacher told my class way back in 1987.  Then he pulled out his wallet and showed us a piece of green paper.  “This ten dollar bill represents about 30 minutes of value that I created by teaching you.  It is 30 minutes of my work represented in a piece of paper.”  He then explained that by spending the money, he is trading the value of his work for the value of another person’s work….

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Low Income Housing Advocates Urge Senators to Keep Working on Housing Finance Bill to Get to “Yes”

Today, 33 national organizations and 163 state and local organizations send a letter to six U.S. Senators on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee urging them to keep working on the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014, the “Johnson-Crapo” bill, to get the bill to ……

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Progressive Taxation is the Only Way to Fix the Economy

I guess I get to say I told you so.  After reading hundreds of thousands of words about economic inequality written by the world’s greatest minds, I sense consensus is moving towards what this social worker had figured out five years ago.  Wealth and income inequality is growing and it is doing irr ……

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