Daily Digest - October 24: Campaign Finance Meets PRISM

Oct 24, 2013Rachel Goldfarb

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Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State (Next New Deal)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Tom Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, and Jie Chen write about the connection between the surveillance state and campaign finance that they found in their recent study of campaign contributions in 2012.

  • Roosevelt Take: Read the working paper from their study, "Party Competition and Industrial Structure in the 2012 Elections," here.

Low-Wage Workers are Fighting for More Than Just Money (AJAM)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal argues that wage theft, scheduling, and a lack of time and resources to challenge mistreatment are just as important as money to low-wage workers who are organizing. Those things all add up to serious limits on economic mobility.

Defying Koch Cash and D.C. Gridlock, Airport Town Will Vote on a $15 Minimum Wage (Salon)

Josh Eidelson reports that in SeaTac, Washington, residents will soon vote on whether or not to raise their minimum wage far above any other in the country. He thinks that they've got a pretty good shot at success.

One-Third of Americans See a Lifetime of Work (MSNBC)

Emma Margolin reports on a study conducted by Wells Fargo, which found that 37 percent of Americans anticipate working until they physically cannot. When the bills are too high to save for retirement too, working until death seems like the only option.

The Millennials' Failure to Launch: Searching the Jobs Report for Answers (The Guardian)

Jana Kasperkevic uses the September jobs report to figure out why Millennials are falling so far behind in this economy. The unstable economy is putting young people behind schedule, and it could effect the stability of their careers far down the road.

The Biggest Economy Killer: Our Government (NYT)

Steven Rattner argues that the continuing dysfunction in Washington is causing the most harm to our economy. The shutdown only lasted sixteen days, but seemingly permanent gridlock is something else entirely.

New on Next New Deal

Larry Klein's Lesson for the Single-Minded Economists Who Rejected Keynes

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative Jeff Madrick considers the work of the late Nobel laureate Larry Klein, and echoes his frustration with government policy that ignores fiscal stimulus.

What Kind of Problem is the ACA Rollout for Liberalism?

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal argues that Healthcare.gov's problems are based in neoliberal ideas, heavily focused on private provisioning and means testing. These are pretty conservative ideas, and these difficulties could make New Deal-style liberalism more appealing.

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