Recommendations

 

It’s baaack! The presidential couple you love to hate in all their loathsomeness.  In a recent interview on Stephen Colbert, star Kevin Spacey said people think they write from the headlines, but they’ve written and filmed the show well in advance of the current state of insanity. As with VEEP, the writers seem to have precognition…

Image result for House of Cards Reading:  Warren …
“endorses… taxing the rich and strengthening the safety net, but it also argues that public policy can do a lot to increase workers’ bargaining power — and that inequality has soared in large part because policy has, in fact, gone the other way. This view has gained much more prominence over the past couple of decades, mainly because it’s now backed by a lot of evidence (which is why I call Warren’s populism “enlightened”). At the beginning of her book Warren talks about her frustration with politicians refusing to raise the minimum wage even though “study after study shows that there are no large adverse effects on jobs when the minimum wage goes up.” She’s right. Later, she writes about the adverse effects of the decline of unions; that, too, is a view supported by many studies, from such left-wing sources as, um, the International Monetary Fund.

So Warren in effect gives intervention in markets equal billing with taxes and social spending as a way to combat inequality, marking a significant move left in Democratic positioning.”  New York Times Book Review  April 16,2017