Posts by Matt Bruenig

Paul Ryan released his anti-poverty plan last week. In it, he proposes that a variety of federal means-tested welfare programs be turned into cash block grants to states, who would then be allowed to...
July 28, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Oh boy. Reihan Salam has a piece riddled with confusions, some conceptual, some technical, and some just downright strange. It is so confused that I will eschew the normal narrative type reaction and...
July 25, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
In Paul Ryan's plan today, there are only two things that are specifically about reducing poverty. The rest is just a grab bag of whatever, some good, some bad. The two things are: 1) expanded Earned...
July 24, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
As coverage of the Child Allowance idea picks up (I, II), I am finding commentators here and there who do
July 23, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
A child allowance program provides a monthly check to parents for each kid that they are raising. Previously, I estimated the poverty reductions that would result from implementing a child allowance...
July 21, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
A recent update to the OECD distribution data shows that Sweden continues to lose ground on important inequality indicators, as they have steadily done since liberalization. In particular,...
July 18, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Conservatives I follow on Twitter have gotten really perturbed by a recent slate of National Labor Relations Board decisions. In particular, they seem scandalized by the fact that you can't...
July 16, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Ross Douthat has a piece in the New York Times about Lebron James' return to Cleveland. Douthat uses the event as an opportunity to censure highly-educated people who have migrated out of...
July 14, 2014 | Matt Bruenig