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The U.S. Needs a Tech-Smart Government (Bloomberg View)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford argues that the embarrassing rollout of HealthCare.gov is proof that it’s time for government to take a new approach to technology. The trouble is that tech innovation and government function in such disparate ways.
Addicted to the Apocalypse (NYT)
Paul Krugman suggests that the people who are constantly crying that the deficit will ruin our economy need to take a second look. After years of fear mongering, there’s been no debt-apocalypse, and he doesn’t think it’s coming.
The Cost of the Financial Crisis Hits Americans Harder Than Banks (The Guardian)
Heidi Moore argues that even though the dollar costs of the mortgage crisis are greater for the banks than the average homeowner, the settlements are almost meaningless. JP Morgan Chase seems unapologetic, while people lost their homes to foreclosure.
The Goldilocks Curse: How America’s Job Creation Story Got So Boring (The Atlantic)
Derek Thompson says that because job growth has been basically flat for two years, the news story is no longer interesting. He also wonders if things would have been so stagnant if the U.S. wasn’t always shifting from one fiscal crisis to the next.
CHARTS: The Hidden Benefits of Food Stamps (MoJo)
Christopher D. Cook looks at some of the benefits of food stamps, like generating farm jobs and economic activity, and reducing children’s risk of obesity and diabetes. That’s all beyond fulfilling the basic purpose of feeding people who are hungry.
Detroit Pensioners Await Bankruptcy Ruling (MSNBC)
Ned Resnikoff reports on pensioner reactions to the beginning of the federal trial to determine whether or not Detroit can file for bankruptcy. The people he spoke to say that the “haircut” being suggested for the pensions would chop off a lot more then that.
How Congress is Aiming to Defang Patent Trolls (Quartz)
Tim Fernholz looks at new legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) that would protect businesses from patent trolls, who buy up patents in order to make money off infringement suits and licensing fees.