Daily Digest - April 5: Obama Cuts to the Chase

Apr 5, 2013Tim Price

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Obama Budget Reviving Offer of Compromise With Cuts (NYT)

Jackie Calmes reports that the president plans to reissue his final offer to John Boehner from last year's deficit negotiations, including chained CPI and cuts to Medicare, though the GOP is still giving increased tax revenue the full Green Eggs and Ham treatment.

Abolish the 401(k) (Salon)

Michael Lind writes that Social Security was never meant to be the sole source of retirement income, as its critics love to point out, but that means we should be focused on expanding the one program that works, not breaking it so it matches all the other options.

The Urge to Purge (NYT)

Paul Krugman notes that Mellonites who saw the Great Depression as a necessary corrective, like medieval bloodletting, were once thought thoroughly discredited, but conservative commentators have rescued that philosophy from the garbage disposal of history.

The New Telecom Oligarchs (The Nation)

Michael J. Copps writes that Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford's Captive Audience offers insightful analysis of a trend that plagued him as FCC commissioner: the Katamari Damacy-like growth of merger-happy telecom giants that roll right over their customers.

Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester. (WaPo)

Sarah Kliff reports that cancer clinics are turning away patients whose chemotherapy has become too costly due to the sequester's Medicare cuts. But remember: Barack Obama was exaggerating about the sequester, just like Al Gore is a liar every time it snows.

The McJobs Strike Back: Will Fast-Food Workers Ever Get a Living Wage? (The Atlantic)

Sarah Jaffe looks at the second strike to hit New York's fast food industry in the last six months as workers build on the momentum of recent victories on the minimum wage and paid sick days. If they keep it up, they might even be able to afford to live in their own city.

Young Adults Make Up Nearly Half of America's Unemployed Workforce (Think Progress)

Travis Waldron highlights a new Demos report that finds 10.3 million Americans ages 18 to 34 are either out of work or underemployed, with minority youths and those without a college degree hit especially hard. Stay in school, kids. Forever, if at all possible.

Wages of young college graduates have failed to grow over the last decade (EPI)

Heidi Shierholz reports that instead of increasing by more than 19 percent like they did from 1995 to 2000, wages for young college grads did that other thing where they shrank by 7.6 percent between 2007 and 2012. Sorry about your future, class of 2013.

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