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Ebola and Inequality (Liberian Observer)
Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Ebola crisis reveals the absolute need for a government role in health care. Drug companies aren’t creating cures for diseases that primarily impact the poor.
Don’t Forget the Kinda Unemployed (U.S. News & World Report)
Mike Cassidy points out the workers who are missed by the traditional unemployment rate: involuntary part-timers and marginally attached workers. While unemployment has improved, underemployment is still elevated.
Is Wage Stagnation Killing the Democratic Party? (Vox)
While Ezra Klein agrees that wage stagnation is a major issue today, he doesn’t think it impacted the midterms as much as the difference between midterm and presidential year electorates.
VW to Allow Labor Groups to Represent Workers at Chattanooga Plant (NYT)
Steven Greenhouse reports on Volkswagen’s new policy, which will create formal structures for groups representing at least 15 percent of plant workers to meet with company officials.
If Democrats Want to be the Party of the People, They Need to Go Full Populist (The Week)
It’s time to reject neoliberal commitment to markets and convince the American people of the power of economic populism and income transfer programs, writes Ryan Cooper.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch points out that the populist narrative was key in Democratic midterm wins.
Did Obama Shoot Himself in the Foot on Net Neutrality? (MoJo)
Erika Eichelberger suggests that the president may have lost the fight on net neutrality back in 2013, by appointing a Federal Communication Commission chairman who is so friendly to the industry.
Study: Social Welfare Programs Help Fight Poverty in America (The Guardian)
Jana Kasperkevic looks at a new study showing just how important social safety net programs are in reducing poverty; without food stamps, another 8 million Americans would be in poverty.