Commentary

Alvadore, like many dilapidated towns in modern-day America, is at the wrong end of an array of economic changes-from globalization to higher energy costs-and many of its citizens are falling through the social safety net. The result: increased hunger.

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The next chief executive will face an economic crisis unlike any since 1933. And either Democrat will need to break radically with the elite consensus.

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Why is the tax code so impenetrable? It's all those tax breaks for the rich.

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Sometimes progress is measured by half-court movements.

When I was in school, girls played basketball by different rules from the boys. We played on a half court and could only dribble three times before passing it. Girls were regarded as too fragile to run the distance. Now, tell that to the women in the WNBA.

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San Angelo Standard-Times

The application of business principles to the world of civil society and social change has fashion, wealth, power and celebrity behind it. But where is the evidence that "philanthrocapitalism" works?

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Robert Kuttner is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and co-editor at The American Prospect. Here he writes, "the current demise of the subprime mortgage industry is deregulation's latest gift."

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Improving the economic horizons of America's young adults will require a sustained commitment and serious resources. But it will pay huge dividends.

Social investment has not kept up with changing social realities, and the remnant of America's welfare state is tilted toward the other end of the age spectrum. The solution is not, as some have suggested, to remove supports from the elderly. Reliable pensions and Medicare are also on the defensive. The remedy is to enlarge social investment for the young, to expand economic pathways to secure adulthood.

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Our nation's future demands that political leaders take seriously the economic plight of America's young.

Today's young adults are very likely to be the first generation to not surpass the living standards of their parents. Evidence of their declining economic opportunity and security abound, from widespread debt to lower earnings in today's labor market for all but those with advanced degrees.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank discusses how the debut of "Big Love," the new HBO series about a polygamous fictional family in Salt Lake City, has touched off renewed debate. Frank concludes that laws against plural marriage may function as positional arms control agreements that make life less stressful for men, and may help explain their appeal to the predominantly male legislatures that enact them.

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One way to tap our wellspring of female talent is to have a critical mass of women in decision-making positions. They bring new ideas and networks to reach the new talent; that offers the promise of no more excuses about a lack of "qualified women." When women decision-makers join the ranks of men in similar positions, the bottom-line results improve for shareholders and stakeholders.

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