Part of running for President is the contest to tell the best story about the problems of the country. Both Donald Trump and some of his Democratic rivals have spent significant time narrating the economic uncertainty in the lives of all but the richest Americans, a feeling of entrapment and helplessness. The odds that the Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang will last long in the race are slim, but in the contest to describe what’s wrong with America he has become a compelling and distinctive figure. Yang’s story begins with the displacement of workers by automation. He blames Donald Trump’s 2016 victory on the loss of four million manufacturing jobs in swing states. The loss of jobs, he emphasizes, has not been limited to manufacturing. Technology has taken revenue from malls, from newspapers, from taxi-drivers. For Yang, our country’s divisions are a purely economic story, with other problems—nastiness, racism, misogyny, bad ideas—caused … [Read more...] about How Andrew Yang’s Robot Apocalypse Can Heal a Divided Nation
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Retirees on Social Security are enjoying a big raise this year, thanks to a very sweet COLA. In January, recipients got their largest "cost of living adjustment" since 2012: To keep up with inflation, benefits were boosted 2.8%. A retired worker's monthly payment went from $1,422 to $1,461. That works out to $468 extra over the course of the year. Enjoy it while you can, seniors, because the advocacy group the Senior Citizens League is forecasting just a 1.8% increase for 2020, due to falling prices for gasoline and other things. "That's too low for meeting rising health care and prescription drug costs," Mary Johnson, the league's Social Security policy analyst, tells MoneyWise.com. Read on to find out the size of the typical Social Security check in Philadelphia. And, pick up some great tips for people of all ages on how to make sure you get the biggest benefit possible. What Social Security recipients get in Philadelphia The Social Security Administration's most current data for … [Read more...] about What People on Social Security Are Getting in Philadelphia
O’Rourke’s too charismatic for white papers; Warren has a proposal for every occasion. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images; Drew Angerer/Getty Images As one might expect from a presidential field as large as the one Democrats are assembling for 2020, there are a variety of approaches to developing, rolling out, and talking about policy proposals. Indeed, given the natural obsession Democrats have about electability in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss to Donald Trump in 2016, there’s been quite a bit of buzz about candidates’ policies — or the lack thereof — early in the current cycle. But there are different ways in which precision or vagueness on policies — and in the latter case, which and how many policies are articulated — are utilized, depending on a particular candidate’s proclivities, identity, and strategic needs. Here are a few variations: 1. Policy As an Ideological Marker. In 2020, as in 2016, Bernie … [Read more...] about From Breezy Beto to Wonky Warren: How Candidates Use Policy
With an ailing economy, nearly double-digit unemployment and a sense among Washington lawmakers that something, anything, must be done to “create” jobs, politicians of both political stripes have turned to “green” jobs as the panacea to cure all ills. The president has promised $2.3 billion here, $3 billion there, and we’ve certainly all witnessed an endless stream of public statements touting the virtues of “green” jobs. So, with all this media attention, taxpayer resources and political capital dedicated to “green” jobs, many Americans find themselves asking the question: what exactly is a green job?In short, there is no true definition for a green job—even the Department of Labor admits that. Is a scientist working on the newest innovations in windmill technology a holder of a green job? How about the worker who burns 200 gallons of diesel fuel to transport that turbine to the installation site? Many Americans are … [Read more...] about What, exactly, is a ‘green’ job?
During an exit interview in November, 2016, just weeks after the election, David Remnick asked President Obama who the future leaders of the Democratic Party might be, and who could realistically challenge Trump in 2020. A surprising figure Obama named was Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who, at the time, was only thirty-four. In recent weeks, Buttigieg’s profile has risen dramatically, and he has collected campaign donations at a surprising clip, considering that he lacks the national profile of a senator or governor. The field of Democrats running for President is enormous, but Buttigieg stands out for a few reasons. He’s a Navy veteran, born and raised in the city he governs, so you could say that he has real heartland credibility. He’s also the first gay Presidential candidate with a real shot at the nomination. Buttigieg is a millennial who graduated high school in the year 2000 and, if elected, would be the youngest President by far. In a … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg on How He Plans to Win the Democratic Nomination and Defeat Trump