Links to Our Work
– Covid stimulus buoyed family finances, but gaps between well-off and low-wage households didn’t change much: Fed study. Meanwhile, U.S. national debt soared.
– Center on Capital & Social Equity work on Social Security and retirement savings/investment issues – updated October 2023
– Congress should extend expiring childcare support – but avoid the poorly targeted, inflationary approach in the Administration’s failed BBB legislation
– The Constitution’s indirect process of electing presidents might provide a way to bypass incompetent frontrunners produced by the major party duopoly
– Statement to U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing: “Protecting Social Security for All: Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share”
– Congress is letting Americans down with the debt ceiling standoff – letter to WaPost
– Debt ceiling negotiators focus on a ‘speck’ in benefits for the poor, ignore the ‘logs’ in their own eyes.
– Has DT crossed the line into delirium tremens?
– Social Security’s threatened 20% benefit cut won’t happen: The Treasury already is filling its funding gap. – analysis
– Raising Social Security’s retirement age would slam low-wage workers yet again – op-ed
– East Palestine needs help, but another PPP isn’t the answer – op-ed
– What can trillions in Covid stimulus spending teach us in preparing to head off a future financial disaster?
– Instead of crying about socialist boogiemen, Home Depot, other corporate giants, could use a different brand of capitalism – op-ed & essay
– Who’s More Likely To Find Gifts from Congress under the X-Mas Tree? Low-income Families – or Well-off Retirees and Corporate Shareholders?
– Sen. Hawley is right on doing more for workers – but the GOP (and Dems) need to deliver concrete economic benefits – Letter to WaPost
– CA lesson: Congress must ensure national social insurance programs don’t stiff low-wage workers – op-ed
– How Much Pain Will It Take for the ‘Bottom 50%’ To Realize Its Political Power? What Then?
– Capitalizing on College Football
– Bipartisanship can be golden – but grossly unfair. Congress should slam the brakes on 401(k)/IRA legislation, rethink retirement financing policy
– Op-ed: The case for renewing the expanded child tax credit – Richmond Times-Dispatch
– Congress’ failure to re-up expanded child tax credit displays longtime favoritism toward higher income – updated April 29, 2022
– COVID Ended In-Person State Hospital Visits So Father Pushed For Virginia Law Allowing Zoom-Like Calls For Patients – Pete Earley
– Russia, Nuclear Disaster and What To Do with Our House
– A reality check on Ukraine – letter to the Washington Post
– Legislative testimony: Ensure video visitation is available to residents of psychiatric hospitals and their families
– What about a few paid sick days? Are low-wage workers simply invisible to Virginia’s elected leaders?
– Why our grandchildren will being moving back from the ocean and heading north
– White House’s promised childcare subsidies face a host of ‘devils in the details’
– Call for work requirements reveals bias against low-income families, could hurt many needing help the most
– Virginia Gubernatorial Campaigns’ Answers to Our Questions
– As Congress Whittles Down the Spending Package, Don’t Bet Low-Income People Will Get Much More – or the Monied, Much Less.
– Getting Inflation out of Capital Gains Taxation Is Fair – and Might Help Reach a Deal on Taxing the Dead
– Where Are the Workers?? … Show Them the Money – and Benefits!!
– A Smart Way To Tax the Rich: Let Sleeping Billionaires Lie – letter to the Washington Post
– A Low Budget ‘Infrastructure’ Deal for the Bottom 50%
– SSI is a disgrace. Congress needs to fix it. – op-ed and essay
– Biden’s spending spree could destabilize Social Security
– How much can we tax the wealthy to finance long-run social and physical infrastructure needs?
– Politicizing the Georgia shootings – letter to the editor
– Yes, Raise the Minimum Wage, But Don’t Stop There – Washington Examiner op-ed
– Analysis: Ways To Raise the U.S. Minimum Wage To Help Workers, Families, While Minimizing Negative Impacts
– By spreading stimulus dollars too far up the totem pole, aid legislation may leave the lowest earners unable to pay for food and rent. – Washington Examiner op-ed
– Low-income Americans are left out of covid stimulus – letter to Washington Post
– Politics and the pandemic darken the Fed’s findings of a fragile turnaround in American economic inequality
– Could new tools allowing the Fed to pump money through ‘the people’ make U.S. monetary policy more equitable and effective?
– Race-neutral, progressive economic policies deliver $$ to minority communities
– Opposing Racism and Human Bondage in the United States
– On Being “White” … and Other Lies – James Baldwin
– It’s past time the White House, Congress required – and funded – Covid testing in nursing homes
– Upgrade Medicaid. Don’t Gut it. – Karl Polzer
– “Capital and Ideology”: Notes and Figures – Thomas Piketty
– Addicted to Identity Politics, Progressives May Miss a Historic Chance To Connect with America’s Working Class
– The spreading virus calls for fast action on paid sick days for health and personal care workers – at very least
– Case & Deaton: “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism”
– A Wealth Tax Could Be Both Fair and Enforceable
– Making Sure We Get to Universal Coverage: letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders
– How to make carbon taxes more equitable – letter to WaPost
– Essay: A Widening Gap in Life Expectancy Makes Raising Social Security’s Retirement Age a Particularly Bad Deal for Low-Wage Earners – Society of Actuaries (2020)
– 2020 Inequality Agenda: Increase economic inclusion at reasonable public cost
– Presentation: Will Growing Inequality Make Social Security & Long Term Care Financing Fixes Harder?
– A Health Policy Wish List for Santa – op-ed & ungated article
– How Golf Clubs Can Help the Homeless and Make More Money
– Saez & Zucman’s “The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How To Make Them Pay”
– Raising the Minimum Wage
– Moving a Wealth Tax from Rhetoric to Reality Is Hard. Why Isn’t the Left Talking about the Shortest Distance between Two Points?”
– Branko Milanovic’s new book, “Capitalism Alone”
– By ignoring high credit card swipe fees, US lawmakers raise prices for all, shift billions to the wealthier
– Ways To Fix the Cadillac Health Plan Tax – HealthAffairs
– Mixing Capitalism and Socialism: Policies To Moderate Systemic Wealth Concentration in the U.S.
– U.S. Needs To Think Big on Border Wall 🙂
– CBO Updates Analysis of U.S. Income Distribution before/after Taxes and Transfers
– It’s Time All U.S. Workers Had a Few Paid Sick Days
– If Alive Today, Adam Smith Might Favor a More Inclusive Economy
– Op-ed: Half of Americans have no retirement savings — here’s how Congress can look out for them.
– Growing inequality has shrunk Social Security’s tax base. Revitalizing it could restore solvency without cutting benefits.
– Including All Workers in Our Retirement Savings System Requires Two Things: a Universal Tax Credit and a Secure Place To Invest It. Congress should be working on both.
– Don’t exclude low-wage workers from planning for retirement savings programs – letter to WaPost
– Leadership Needed To Create Universal Retirement Savings System Complementing Social Security
– Better Than the Lottery: Here’s one retirement savings strategy, while government thinks about how it might help.
– How Growing Inequality Is Altering The Long-Term Care Policy Battlefield, While Tightening The Financing Knot
– A socially enlightened big-business solution for reducing US gun violence: gun clubs for the mentally ill
– Is DC Safe? Articles Paint Very Different Pictures – letter to WaPost
– If crimes against children can’t be stopped from within, the Vatican & its subsidiaries need purging from the outside – letter to WaPost
– Presentation: America’s Inequality and What To Do About It: The Poor Will Always Be with Us. Will the Middle Class?
– DoL Association Health Plan Rule Could Undermine the ACA in Several Ways
– World Inequality Report 2018
– Are Workers Receiving the EITC Being Shortchanged on Social Security? – updated October 2017
– Expanding Use, Scope of EITC and Child Tax Credit a Win-Win for Workers and Employers
– Eyes on the Prize: Universal Coverage is the Goal, Single-Payer Just a Way To Get There – letter to WaPost
– Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill To Speed Miracle Cures to Market. Who Will Have Access to the New Technology? Who Won’t?
– Modest Changes in Health, Retirement Tax Breaks Could Produce Major Gains in US Health Access, Financial Security – at Little or No Added Government Cost
– Reflections on American Wealth Concentration – and What To Do About It (2016)
– How the U.S. Retirement Saving System Magnifies Inequality
– How Can We Reduce Financial Risk for the Very Old? – Society of Actuaries study & presentation: “Financing future LTSS and long life through more flexible 401ks and IRAs – Exploring Reform Options”
– Republicans, stop with being the party of no. Let’s sell health insurance “across states lines” – through Medicare
– Let’s Play Immigration Pinata
– Virginia’s push to end veteran homelessness faces steep challenges
– So What Does Jesus Say about Wealth Concentration and Inequality?
– Easter Essay: Is the Golden Rule Enough? Mathematics of the Two Great Commandments
– The Economics of Inequality