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Americans are not happy with their Internet service providers (Marketplace)
Ben Johnson talks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford about the latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index, which shows ISPs are dead last in keeping customers happy. With little to no competition, they’d rather put profits into dividends for shareholders.
From the Mouths of Babes (NYT)
Paul Krugman feels that the Republican Party’s war against SNAP is worth getting angry about, because SNAP encourages economic growth by giving families more to spend. And since the program feeds hungry people, more cuts mean more empty stomachs.
The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty — and It’s Creeping Upward (AlterNet)
Paul Buchheit argues that while the Census Bureau reports 15 percent of Americans are living in poverty, with alternate measures it’s more like 50 percent — a number that should raise some eyebrows, especially as Congress allows cuts to poverty programs.
Man of the (rich) people (Salon)
Joan Walsh agrees with rising Republican star Sen. Ted Cruz: Mitt Romney lost the presidency with the words “47 percent.” But she sees a disconnect between Cruz’s words and the pro-1 percent policies he and other Republican “reformers” are endorsing.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal thinks so-called conservative reformers aren’t reforming anything.
After Running The Numbers Carefully There’s No Evidence That High Debt Levels Cause Slow Growth (Slate)
Matt Yglesias explains why it’s problematic that Reinhart and Rogoff took their research straight to the op-ed pages: the data shows it’s likely they were aware that they were jumping from correlation to policy suggestions without the necessary stop at causation.
Washington ‘Spends’ More on Tax Breaks Than on Medicare, Defense, or Social Security (The Atlantic)
Derek Thompson shows that tax expenditures designed to promote mortgages, employer-sponsored health care, investment, and various other consumer behaviors cost American taxpayers more than many programs that are frequent targets for budget cuts.
Losing Hope in Detroit (Bill Moyers)
Greg Kaufmann examines the kinds of programs affected by sequestration, with Focus: HOPE in Detroit as his example. Their job-training program is going to lose between 250 and 350 spots this year, which will hurt 250 to 350 people still seeking good jobs.
- Roosevelt Take: Our fellows, staff, and guests will discuss the question of “good” jobs at A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency.
Fast Food Workers Striking in Seattle (The Nation)
Josh Eidelson looks at the fast food strikes that shut down three fast food restaurants in Seattle yesterday. These one-day strikes are an organizing tactic for a world that is increasingly hostile to organized labor, and they’re looking more and more effective.