Posts by Matt Bruenig

As I detailed on Tuesday, welfare reform was bad for deep poverty. Upon coming to realize this, the obvious question is: what exactly should be done? If we want to "bring welfare back" as Annie...
February 26, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
There has been a lively discussion of late about the effect of welfare reform on the poor in this country. I have weighed in on the side of saying that welfare reform has made life worse for the very...
February 23, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Patrick T. Brown, in the National Review of all places, had a wonderful piece on how to provide tax relief to poor families with children. Brown criticizes Marco Rubio's Child Tax Credit for missing...
February 19, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Last week, David Brooks had a piece titled "Living Bernie Sanders's Danish Dream." In it he makes a number of claims about pitfalls of the Northern European economic model that are not true. Let's...
February 19, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Last month, Kevin Drum questioned the old mantra that progams for the poor are poor progams. According to Drum, the rise in per-capita means-tested spending shows that this mantra isn't true. At the...
February 12, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
On Friday, I had a post featuring graphs about income inequality broken down by gender and race percentiles. Someone asked that I do the same thing for wealth, so here that is using the Survey of...
February 8, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
I've been trying to work through the question of how to talk about racial, gender, and class inequality simultaneously. I think a lot of those discussions are muddled and so I want to present a...
February 5, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
When I talk about the success of Nordic social democracies, I am frequently told, vaguely, that they are actually very economically free and deregulated countries. This seems to be based upon such...
February 3, 2016 | Matt Bruenig