Daily Digest - June 5: Total Recall
What you need to know to navigate today's most critical debates.
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The 1 Percent's Problem (Vanity Fair)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Joseph Stiglitz argues that the rich don't want to be at the top of the economic pyramid when the entire base is crumbling. And if they realize fighting inequality is selfish, it should be their new favorite pastime.
Our Most Widely Ignored Public Intellectuals (TAP)
Robert Kuttner writes that despite their indispensible insight, Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman have been marginalized by leaders who'd rather have someone quietly whisper advice they can ignore than loudly proclaim how they've screwed up.
Wisconsin gives progressives something to build on (WaPo)
Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that regardless of the outcome in today's Wisconsin recall election, progressive organizing has shown that living, breathing people can stand up to all the dead presidents being thrown around by Super PACs.
Wisconsin's resentment factor (Salon)
Josh Eidelson notes that public anger toward unions may help Scott Walker, but the problem isn't that they're too big for their britches -- it's that they've become so small that not having miserable job benefits makes them look all fancy-pants.
The Growing Unemployed: A Case of Benign Neglect (Fiscal Times)
Mark Thoma writes that unemployment is a national emergency, but policymakers have responded like firefighters calmly filling out a crossword while the alarms ring. If only workers had a voice... some sort of "organized labor" movement.
How the Paycheck Fairness Act Can Help Democrats Win Elections for Years to Come (The Nation)
NND Editor Bryce Covert argues the seemingly doomed Paycheck Fairness Act wouldn't just be a good policy response to the gender wage gap. It would help policymakers secure more votes and money -- the stuff they actually care about.
Bleeding Cash Conservatives Wasting Money to Punish Vulnerable Americans (HuffPo)
Peter Goodman writes that by punishing the unemployed and underwater homeowners, conservatives are pursuing feel-good policies like the bleeding heart liberals they loathe. The difference is they're only making themselves feel good.
The White Working Class Doesn't Believe That Obamacare Will Help Them (MoJo)
Kevin Drum notes that survey data shows that even after progressives compromised on welfare reform, white working class voters remain convinced the government wants to steal their money and give it to lazy poors. Rush told them so.
The Unfunded Liabilities You Love (NYT)
Nancy Folbre argues that when conservatives like Mitt Romney say we need to cut support for health care and retirement, they're just arguing for shifting the burden onto families, unless they'd like to provide a map to their fountain of youth.
Think tanks getting new generation of leaders, but face major new challenges (WaPo)
The Roosevelt Institute's Felicia Wong joins a new wave of think tank leaders testing the notion that promoting fresh ideas in a more competitive and financially constrained environment may have to start with fresh ideas at the top.
With additional research by Danielle Bella Ellison.