Posts by Matt Bruenig

Hamilton Nolan is upset that rich people buy up apartments in New York City and do not really use them. He proposes putting an end to this practice by taxing owners of unoccupied apartments 20% of...
August 20, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Remember when Paul Ryan said this? We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning...
August 15, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
John Aziz at The Week argues that it does not matter how rich the rich are. I believe he is wrong for a number of reasons. The Impoverished Do Suffer Because the Rich Are Rich Aziz opts for the...
August 11, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
To rehash, the Child Allowance (CA) is a policy I have been pushing in which parents receive $300/month for every child they are taking care of. I propose that it replace the Child Tax Credit, the...
August 4, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Every year, the Census puts out two poverty estimates. The first uses the Official Poverty Metric, which counts all cash income from any source excluding tax credits and capital gains. The second...
July 31, 2014 | 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