It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.
His focus on inequality is New York-centric. Will it be heard farther afield?
The inaugural festivities on New Year’s Day’s for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio felt awfully like an event of national import and impact. In one row next to the podium were two prospective presidential candidates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ceremonially swearing in de Blasio (who was officially sworn in at midnight the night before) was a former president, Bill Clinton.
But he's not sorry about Brooklynizing your neighborhood
Richard Florida's theory of the creative class has been disproved. He's hoping you won't notice.
And not fighting inequality is bad economics, too.
At a dinner Wednesday night thrown by the conservative American Spectator magazine, America crazy-person flavor-of-the-month Ted Cruz reportedly uttered something rather surprising. According to the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein, the Republican senator from Texas said that the top one percent, in Klein’s Twitter-filtered paraphrase, “has higher concentration of wealth than any time since 1928. Blames Obama economy.”
One of the most-discussed articles on the Internet over the past few days—I don’t mean that disparagingly, the Internet is where we have discussions now!—was Peter Beinart’s essay arguing that Bill de Blasio’s decisive victory in New York’s Democratic mayoral primary is presaging a fundamental generational shift, prompted both by Millennial sensibilities and increased inequality, toward a more left-liberal politics among Democrats.
The Census Bureau has released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. The report is a bit like a national report card, showing us how well the U.S. provides for the economic security of its citizens. And the grades aren't very impressive, although they are better than they’ve been in the recent past.Here’s what we know, subject to revision as real experts (i.e., not me) have more time to analyze the data:
As mayor, he'd be battling the one percent—and history
Mayor de Blasio would be battling the one percent—and history
Nursing homes, fast-food restaurants think up ways to shirk employer responsibility
Have nursing homes, fast-food restaurants, and other low-wage employers found a way to avoid paying for full insurance?
An argument about work, life, and the modern calendar
Thanks to the ever-expanding modern work-week, opting to stay home with the kids is a different choice than it was twenty or thirty years ago.