Posts by Sean McElwee

The biggest problem with sequestration is that nearly all the cuts so far are to discretionary spending, including many cuts that could hurt the economy over the long-term.   The CBO doesn’t do...
November 6, 2013 | Sean McElwee
With gridlock and discord halting the right’s agenda in Congress, corporations have taken the war on labor to the states. The Economic Policy Institute recently released a new report, “The...
November 5, 2013 | Sean McElwee
Many states have underfunded pensions, partially because to the financial crisis of 2007 and partially because of politicians underfunding the pensions. In order to increase returns and close that...
October 30, 2013 | Sean McElwee
The most likely consequence of the sequestration will be be slower growth and lower tax revenues, and it’s a distinct possibility that the sequestration could actually increase the deficit.
October 29, 2013 | Sean McElwee
Conservative and libertarian arguments about social spending are rooted in the discredited Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner.
October 28, 2013 | Sean McElwee
Discussion is growing of an empathy gap rooted in our society's dramatic increase in inequality. As David Madland argues in Democracy, "Studies across U.S. states, of the United States over time,...
October 25, 2013 | Sean McElwee