Social Insurance

Why Obama Just Cut Food Stamps By $8.7 Billion

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on February 7, 2014

President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill today, locking in more than $8 billion in cuts to the nation's food stamp program. As many as 850,000 households will see their benefits drop by an average $90 per month when the law goes into effect. Benjamin Landy discusses why this happened. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Amazon Gets Rich Off the Backs of Turkers

Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on February 7, 2014

You can’t spend much time around the tech world without getting a little tired of hearing the word “disrupt.” Every new company is planning to disrupt a new industry. Amazon disrupted book retailers. And publishers. And brick and mortar retailers. In fact, Amazon is probably the mother of all disruptive tech companies. Read more from fellow Moshe Marvit on his recent article in The Nation about crowdworking. 

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Additional Focus

A Netflix for Books?

Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on February 4, 2014

The Book of the Month Club once had millions of members. The enormous growth of Netflix over the past two years now raises the question of whether the membership model can be used once again to sell books.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

A False Start for the Transit Bowl

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on February 3, 2014

NFL fans and casual viewers alike can be forgiven for tuning out Super Bowl XLVIII last night, in which the Seahawks led for all but the opening 12 seconds.

But just outside the stadium, a different drama began to unfold shortly after the game, writes Jacob Anbinder.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on February 2, 2014

If you’re anything like most people, chances are you haven’t cashed out your retirement savings to see the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in this Sunday’s Super Bowl. There’s just one problem.

You’re still paying for the action at MetLife Stadium, writes Michael Cassidy.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

GOTD: Inequality Is Not A Four Letter Word

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on January 30, 2014

President Obama's progressive, populist outrage about inequality and decreasing mobility was missing Tuesday night when Obama stood before Congress to deliver the State of the Union address.

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Foreign Policy

Clapper: Climate Threats Are a National Security Concern

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 30, 2014

Climate change is a threat to U.S. national security. That’s from no less a source than James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. TCF’s Neil Bhatiya has more on Wednesday’s release of the latest Worldwide Threat Assessment from the U.S. Intelligence Community.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

‘Super Pass’ Not Super for Public Transit

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on January 30, 2014

As if we needed another reminder, the Super Bowl is this Sunday, the first ever to take place in the New York area. It's been dubbed the "Mass Transit Super Bowl," but transit advocates might not be familiar with the official plans. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

The Return of the Voting Rights Act

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on January 29, 2014

One of the most confounding things about today’s Supreme Court is that many justices regard the right to make political contributions more worthy of protection than the actual right to vote. Blogger Zachary Bernstein discusses the Voting Rights Act and its fight to protect minority voters. 

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Social Insurance

Watch: Healthcare Reform Still a ‘BFD’

Blog Post by: Harold Pollack , on January 29, 2014

TCF fellow Harold Pollack interviews The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn about health reform and how to watch Obamacare's progress in 2014.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

America’s Industrial Rebound Is Not a Myth

Blog Post by: Charles R. Morris , on January 27, 2014

In a recent New York Times op-ed piece piece, Steve Rattner, a former private equity mogul and an adviser to the Obama administration, warns against the “gauzy” and “breathless” claims of a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. However, manufacturing jobs stimulate the creation of more new jobs in service and other sectors than other employment sectors do. Read the rebuttal from fellow Charles Morris.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Unpaid Heroes

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 27, 2014

While college sports are often associated with scandal surrounding improper payments and bribes, college athletes are a part of perhaps the most unequal workplace of all. Mike Cassidy has more on the subject. 

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest January 25, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 26, 2014

#TCFBest says farewell to Ezra Klein as he leaves the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Don’t fret: Klein’s morning policy news primer, Wonkbook, will continue to round up the latest policy journalism and graphs. An opinion editorial from Al Jazeera America poses the loaded question,”Do Syria and Iraq still exist?” New Republic breaks down a recent David Brooks column in the New York Times about “mistakes” made in early education.

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Foreign Policy

Black Swans and Climate Change

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 24, 2014

While President Obama has generally talked a good game about climate change, his actions on this front have generally left much to be desired. Here are three first steps that the president should take in matching actions to his words in 2014.

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Additional Focus

You Won’t Find E-mails in a Trunk in the Attic

Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on January 23, 2014

While digital archives don't clutter up the house, they lack poignancy.

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Additional Focus

Nature vs. Capitalism: Chemical Spill Edition

Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on January 23, 2014

Freedom Industries has filed for bankruptcy. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, this is the same company whose storage tanks failed, spilling carcinogens into the Elk River and polluting the water supplies of nine West Virginia counties. Since the spill, a second chemical has been unearthed by a probe investigating the spill site. Janet Wlody explains how these industries prey upon nearby residents...and it's no accident. 

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Education

Poor College Students are No Laughing Matter

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 22, 2014

The phrase “poor college student” has long been part of our academic lexicon. But those jokes lose their humor when faced with the fact that many college students today are often life-threateningly poor: so poor they may not have a place to sleep at night, writes blogger Jill Silos-Rooney

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Foreign Policy

Should the U.S. Worry About China’s Interest in Africa?

Blog Post by: Allison Good , on January 21, 2014

Africa’s continent-wide boom in oil and natural gas exploration and production is on pace to change the energy import-export landscape in the near future, but this dynamic transformation also has national security implications for the United States, particularly vis-à-vis China, writes Allison Good.

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest: January 17, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 18, 2014

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, readers. #TCFBest takes a look at an essay from Vice about what it means to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. At The Atlantic Cities, Jordan Weissmann details the life of a collage grad in a dead-end job and The Nation explains how Wall Street is fighting to thwart eminent domain plans.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

GOTD: Why Unemployed Workers Can’t Just “Get a Job”

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on January 16, 2014

On December 28, roughly 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance after Congress failed to renew an emergency program that would have extended benefits for the long-term jobless. Policy associate Benjamin Landy shows the condescension of "solutions" telling the unemployed to simply "get a job." 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

How To Pay For Unemployment Benefits

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on January 16, 2014

Congress was finally able to pass a budget deal late last year, meaning there will be no more government shutdowns for the foreseeable future, at least for now. The deal did not extend long-term unemployment benefits, however, Blogger Zachary Bernstein offers solutions to help pay for these important services. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

After All Is Said and Done, More Was Said than Done

Blog Post by: Daniel Alpert , on January 15, 2014

"An alarming proportion of the new job creation we saw in the first three quarters of 2013 were in low wage-paying sectors," writes fellow Daniel Alpert in his latest jobs report. The report looks at findings surrounding jobs created last year, and how the labor force and wages play into the report. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Port Authority Woes

Blog Post by: Richard C. Leone , on January 15, 2014

Former TCF president and current senior fellow Richard C. Leone writes about Chris Christie's ongoing scandal after the jamming of the George Washington Bridge at the Huffington Post.

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Additional Focus

Does the Death of Net Neutrality Mean the Death of Political Freedom?

Blog Post by: Jill Silos-Rooney , on January 15, 2014

The federal appeals court decision to allow telecom companies to broker deals for faster Internet speeds has major consequences for political freedom in the United States, writes blogger Jill Silos-Rooney

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Workers & Economic Inequality

Defeating Detroit’s Morale Problem

Blog Post by: Jacob Anbinder , on January 14, 2014

Six months ago, Detroit became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy. To follow the news as the media reported it, with profile after profile of the Motor City’s pension woes and declining industrial base, it seemed all but inevitable. What do we do now? Jacob Anbinder wonders what symptoms can identify a city on the brink of collapse, and ways to cushion the impact. 

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Rediscovering Government

The Deteriorating Labor Market Fortunes of America's Teens, 2002-2012, the Decline in Our International Position and the Consequences for Future Young Adult Employment in Our Nation

Blog Post by: Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Walter McHugh , on January 13, 2014

The past decade in the United States (2000-2010) has been referred to by a number of economists and other social scientists as a “lost decade”.1 The total number of wage and salary payroll jobs in the private and public sectors combined in the nation in 2010 was lower than it was in 2000. This compares to gains of 19 million and 22 million jobs, respectively, in the prior two decades, Both median real household and family income in the nation failed to register any increase over the decade and income inequality tended to worsen.     

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Additional Focus

#TCFBest: January 11, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on January 11, 2014

#TCFBest is back with the best reads from around the web. Notice anything missing? Any mention of Chris Christie and #Bridgegate. Wired sums up the entire state of the Snowden leaks to date, with an article detailing the lay of the NSA land, and who they might’ve angered (everyone). The Atlantic sticks to generalizations as they group every war movie together into one sweeping montage. Dissent Magazine highlights two paths for the labor movement, and how its agenda can grow in 2014 and beyond. Discuss.

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Additional Focus

A West Virginian Recalls ‘Chemical Valley’

Blog Post by: Joe Miller , on January 10, 2014

Joe Miller writes about the massive chemical spill threatening West Virginia today, leaving thousands of residents without water. Miller recollects his experience growing up near "Chemical Valley," which made its name as a dangerous place to live. 

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Mike Cassidy’s 5 P’s of a Successful Internship

Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on January 10, 2014

2014 summer internship class of The Century Foundation

Vince Vaughn movies notwithstanding, college internships are increasingly becoming a mandatory prerequisite for students who hope to find gainful employment after graduation. No longer is it enough to have stellar transcripts or impressive extracurriculars. Employers want experience, early and often. Former TCF intern and blogger Mike Cassidy describes his experience as an intern and offers advice for ways other organizations can provide similar successes.

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Foreign Policy

The Economic Reform Every Millennial Should Be Fighting For

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on January 9, 2014

Rolling Stone’s Jesse Myerson wrote an article last week entitled, “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For”, which argued that Gen Y, who entered the job market right as the recession took off, must become the champion of economic reform. Policy associate Neil Bhatiya presents an even more important consideration for Millennials. 

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