Posts by Matt Bruenig

For accounting purposes, it makes sense to count programs like Social Security, disability insurance, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as government spending. But these kinds of programs...
April 8, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
Mike Konczal had an excellent rundown at Wonkblog on Saturday about some of the trickiness involved in measuring inequality. There are different kinds of compensation -- labor income, non-...
April 8, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
One of my pet peeves about the coverage surrounding the plight of young people in America is that it focuses heavily, and at times exclusively, on how well recent college graduates are doing. Why...
April 4, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
Although fury over the bad state of the economy has largely subsided, the economy is still doing very poorly. The unemployment rate, while down from its 2009 peak, is stuck at 7.7 percent, 3.4...
April 3, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report a couple of weeks ago detailing how much each state has cut higher education funding in the last five years. The story is straightforward...
April 3, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
An oil pipeline ruptured in Arkansas on Friday, which naturally got the debate about fossil fuels roaring again. The most popular connection has been made between the Arkansas spill and the fight...
April 1, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
Despite our social mythology to the contrary, college is not a place for poor kids. Across the board, poor kids are dramatically under-represented in institutions of higher education, although...
April 1, 2013 | Matt Bruenig
Always on the hunt for a safety net program to get rid of, the chattering classes have recently focused their sights on the country's various disability insurance programs, the next frontier of...
March 29, 2013 | Matt Bruenig