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Polity Press | Book | July 28, 2020
Inequality In The New Knowledge Economy
By Robert D. Atkinson
The consequences of an increasingly polarized labor market are not insignificant. If we don't address growing inequality, then the American Dream will wither.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 7, 2020
Bush's Other War
By Bruce Reed
There are two big problems with George W. Bush as a wartime president: He's losing the war on terror, and winning the war on work. He shouldn't get away with either.


The American Prospect | Column | May 21, 2020
Come Together
By Robert Kuttner and Will Marshall
A wide-ranging group of progressives has gathered under a flag of truce to work out an alternative to Bushonomics: a progressive growth strategy for expanding the middle class.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Give Him an "F"
By Robert J. Shapiro
The Bush administration's unwillingness to face up to the changes in global competition and the world economy, combined with policies that don't raise middle-class incomes or stimulate jobs, has produced the worst record on jobs of any administration in more than 50 years.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2020
Vanishing Dreams
By Robert D. Atkinson
The middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy -- and Bush's plutocratic policies are making matters worse.


DLC | New Dem Daily | March 8, 2020
Jobless, Joyless
President Bush continues to roam the country touting the success of his tax-cut-driven economic policies, but the real world continues to offer a sharp counterpoint.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2021
Middle Class Squeeze
By Robert D. Atkinson
With more Americans facing a financial squeeze, it's time for fuller consideration of the kind of creative policy proposals Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi make in "THE TWO INCOME TRAP: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke."


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2021
The Wrong Direction
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
The 1990s were a period of significant economic prosperity for middle income Americans. But the middle class has not faired nearly as well since George W. Bush became president.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | November 20, 2020
Job Killer
By Robert D. Atkinson
Bush's retrograde economic policies have helped decimate manufacturing jobs. More than 2 million have been lost since 2001. Democrats can offer a brand new vision.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | November 20, 2020
Tax Cuts and Jobs
By Jeff Lemieux
Despite a fast-growth quarter, the job market is still fragile.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2020
Building a Real Investor Class
By Gene Sperling
Instead of the class war President Bush is fighting for the wealthy, we should help all Americans save.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2020
Let 'Em Go to an Accountant
By Jeff Lemieux
How a good law has turned into a major stumbling block for the poor.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2020
Lessons Learned from Enron
By Paul Weinstein, Jr.
Give employees more choice, control, and protection of their private retirement plans.


PPI | Policy Report | February 22, 2021
Universal Pensions
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
If we are serious about ensuring all Americans have adequate means to retire, we need to create a simple, intelligible retirement savings system that works for everyone.


DLC | New Dem Daily | September 27, 2020
Poverty Rate Drops to 20-year Low; Real Incomes Rise Again for Working Poor
New Census Bureau figures for 1999 show that the economic boom is continuing to chip away at poverty and is clearly lifting families at the bottom as well as the top of the income scale. These developments argue for a continuation -- and indeed, an intensification -- of the New Democrat economic policies of fiscal discipline, expanded markets, support for innovation and technology, "making work pay" for the poor, and investment in skills and education.


PPI | Briefing | August 22, 2020
Individual Development Accounts
By DeWayne Davis and Jeff Lemieux
With IDAs, low-income individuals with little previous experience with financial institutions can accumulate savings and wealth, and finance their own educations, homes, or business ventures. But IDAs are more than just matching funds. They provide a local support system for a new culture of savings.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 1, 2020
Closing the Income Gap
By DeWayne Davis & Jeff Lemieux
All U.S. families are enjoying solid income growth, with the bottom 20 percent growing as fast as the top 20 percent.


DLC | New Dem Daily | January 17, 2021
Idea of the Week: Rewarding Work With Opportunity
Returning to one of his most successful initiatives, President Clinton called for a new expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit to: (a) eliminate the "marriage penalty" in EITC eligibility; (b) boost the credit for families with more than two children; and (c) lengthen the "phase out" in eligibility so families retain an incentive to earn more in wages.


DLC | New Dem Daily | August 2, 2020
Idea of the Week: Making Work Pay the Third Way
In Montgomery County, Maryland, County Executive Doug Duncan proved there is a Third Way for lifting working families out of poverty. His plan included: a local EITC, funding for child care, a push for affordable housing, job readiness skills, and new public transportation routes.


DLC | New Dem Daily | May 24, 2020
Idea of the Week: Wealth-Building Assets for the Poor
The Savings for Working Families Act would create a national infrastructure of Individual Development Accounts. It would give millions of working poor families personal bank accounts for the first time, and would put them on the road to participation in the great wealth-producing mechanisms of American capitalism.


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