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How Oligarchs Destroyed a Major American City
A startling change for the worse has occurred in the physical appearance and occupancy of central Houston over the last few years. Entire historic neighborhoods, while superficially modernized, have had their character destroyed. How can change on this scale take place so fast, despite the lessons of the recent national housing collapse? Who are the people behind this transformation, how do they get what they want, and who gets hurt by their callous disregard? Alternet.org
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'A national embarrassment': U.S. infrastructure suffers from bipartisan failure
It's an old story that doesn't seem to ever have a different ending: America's infrastructure is crumbling and nobody in Washington seems to care or have the political will to do something about it. The U.S. received a cumulative grade of 'D+' in the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 Report Card on America's Infrastructure, which estimates $3.6 trillion of investment is needed by 2020. Yahoo.com
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Alabama should focus oil spill settlement funds on large, long-lasting projects: opinion
No one knows exactly how much money will come to Coastal Alabama as a result of the BP oil spill settlement. But one thing is clear: Whatever the amount, it cannot possibly fill every need and solve every problem. That's why it's important to spend the money on projects that will have a lasting impact and that reach beyond the ordinary business of municipalities. AL.com
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Why these new manufacturing jobs won't save the American middle class
One of the more shortsighted and self-destructive policies local governments embrace is the pursuit, via tax breaks and other enticements, of manufacturing plants. The idea is that if a municipality gets a company to relocate a factory within its borders, then riches will flow from the added jobs. Los Angelees Times
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How Washington can renew U.S. manufacturing
Congress is back in Washington with the intent to get some key things done between now and the end of the year. One of those things needs to be making an investment in our economy by passing the Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, which would invest in a key segment of the U.S. economy: manufacturing. Here’s why. Fortune
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Are Manufacturing Jobs Joining the “Walmart Economy?”
Manufacturing jobs were supposed to be the good jobs. They are, as the subtitle of a devastating new report from the National Employment Law Project points out, the jobs that “built America’s middle class”—enabling generations of workers without a college degree to raise their families with dignity and a middle-class standard of living. In recent decades, as the U.S. economy has lost manufacturing work to technological advance and off-shoring to other countries, the service sector has made up a growing share of American jobs. Demos.org
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How Ferguson became Ferguson — the real story
The national media spotlight has been on Ferguson, Missouri, since August, when a white policeman killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown, and the area is now anticipating a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the officer. How Ferguson really got to this point (it’s not the way conventional wisdom holds) is the subject of this post. Washington Post
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How to rescue the American family and fix the broken school system in one fell swoop
owadays, Elizabeth Warren mostly gets talked about as a potential progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton's inevitable Democratic coronation. But it's often ill-remembered that for most her life, she was an academic. One of her most fascinating works is her book The Two Income Trap. A lot of people have probably heard of the phenomenon of the two-income trap, but it's not discussed enough. This is the basic idea: financially, having both parents in a family seems like a no-brainer — it brings in more money. But it can actually become a trap if the costs involved in having both parents work become equal to the extra income that the second spouse brings in. For example, in most American settings, if both parents work, the family needs a second car, with all the expense and headache associated. The parents need to pay for child care. And so on. The Week
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U.S. Labor Secretary: Pre-Obamacare, business owners were paying the price for a 'broken health care system'
During a visit Nashville to promote Affordable Care Act enrollment, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says Obamacare has benefitted more than just the uninsured, citing a number of groups, including business owners, who have seen positive impacts from the law. Perez cited the act's prohibition of lifetime and annual spending caps and its ability to prevent medical costs from bankrupting even insured families, along with ways its reduced costs for seniors as a few examples. Nashville Business Journal
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Why immigration is good for U.S. growth
If one thing unites almost everyone in the United States, no matter their political views, it is this: We need greater investment and growth with more jobs and opportunity for as many Americans as possible. If there is another thing that most Americans can agree on, it is that too many elected leaders in Washington seem unwilling or unable to tackle the most pressing issues that face our country. Washington Post
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