Who’s Winning the Culture War? Corporate America

At the 1992 Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan famously declared that American politics had become a “cultural war.” In the years since, social issues and identities have become more important in dividing Democrats from Republicans. Traditionally, the two parties fought mostly over economics. But now cultural issues like abortion and gun control divide Americans more […]

GOP Poverty Plan Ignores the Evidence

One stated goal of the new poverty plan from House Speaker Paul Ryan and his House GOP colleagues is ensuring that our anti-poverty policies are “evidence-based.” That’s a laudable goal.  Unfortunately, the plan itself ignores the large amount of evidence that we already have about the effectiveness of some of our most powerful anti-poverty tools, including SNAP (formerly food […]

A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.

It is a simple idea supported by both economic theory and most people’s intuition: If welfare benefits are generous and taxes high, fewer people will work. Why bother being industrious, after all, if you can get a check from the government for sitting around — and if your choice to work means that much of […]

A Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts

The Republican tax bill is an audacious attempt to accelerate the economic trends of the last half-century. If you’re a fan of these trends — rapidly rising inequality and stagnant middle-class incomes — you should love the bill. If you’re not a fan, you can at least take comfort in knowing that you’re in the […]