Every time I hear about income disparity, I think about this article from NPR, which connects some key dots. Right before big economic collapses and bank failures, the income gap yawns open to eat all but the 1%. Then comes regulation on banks, income equality gets better, the economy improves, and the right decides it's time to deregulate again. And then we start the cycle again.
Here's the graph from Harvard Business School Professor David Moss in 2010:
Friday, January 02, 2015
Friday, January 31, 2014
On the heals of President Obama's State of the Union speech, here's what I find an "embarrassment" not to mention demoralizing:
APA's Salary Survey for 2012 shows this pay discrepancy between men and women, which only GROWS with experience.
Friday, October 04, 2013
I'm speechless. Infuriated and speechless. Republicans have shut down the government over providing healthcare to Americans at price they can afford. It's a Tea Party, a spilled wet dream. You mean we can force the Democrats to negotiate about an adopted law AND we can stop the government? Really? Christmas!
I can't even imagine where we go from here. No one seems to have a rational explanation for an end game.
I'm not feeling backlash yet. What if we go on like this for weeks, and they start thinking maybe we should go without government at all?
And Darwin comes by and starts turning out lights? Hello, Great Depression. Nice to see you again. So nice of you to drop by. More on financial implications here.
John Boehner's Shut Down
With No New Plan, Boehner Makes Plea on Shutdown
This says what I want to say, in much the same exasperated tone:
Wrong Side of History
A Population Betrayed
Why Conservatives Should Reread Milton Friedman
Why the Right Fights
Why Boehner doesn't just ditch the hard right
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Two articles detailing GOP efforts to act out the Handmaid's Tale. They're getting steadily closer.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Had to archive this little gem from the Washington Post. It's so surprising that the rule came in favor of the universal healthcare mandate, although a somewhat cynical friend speculated that right-leaning Chief Justice Roberts may have framed the ruling as constitutional only under the taxation clause as a short-term tactic toward the long-term strategy of wiping out taxation and anything hanging on it eventually. Sigh. For the moment, though, hurray, America! You've joined other civilized nations in protecting the health of your own citizens. Long time in coming...
But in the midst of diving around various analyses of the healthcare case, here was this about another recent ruling by this court:
Taken in context with the conservative majority’s other recent rulings, Alito’s majority opinion [in Knox v. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000] revealed the most class-based double standard the court has exhibited since before the New Deal. In the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — rendered by the same five justices who signed onto Alito’s ruling inKnox — the court ruled that corporations could directly spend their resources on political campaigns. These two decisions mean that a person who goes to work for the unionized Acme Widget Company can refuse to pay for the union’s intervention in political campaigns but has no recourse to reclaim the value of his labor that Acme reaps and opts to spend on political campaigns. Citizens United created a legal parity between companies and unions — both are free to dip into their treasuries for political activities — but Knox creates a legal disparity between them: a worker’s free-speech right entitles him to withhold funds from union campaign and lobbying activities, but not the value of his work from the company’s similar endeavors.
Does that not just kill you? With the good comes the bad, I guess. Holding my nose as I party...
Monday, December 19, 2011
Democracy for New Mexico started in July 2004. In the next six years, Barb became beloved by Democratic party activists. She created a space through which both she and others could work for the party’s success and also challenge it to be more progressive from within. She was a true-blue progressive who was inspired by Howard Dean to take back the party, which led to her blogging. She was also a bold and fierce voice for LGBT rights. She and her partner, Mary Ellen Broderick, together made a strong case for the right to marry and domestic partnership legislation here in New Mexico. In general, Barb had a strong, compassionate heart and incredible drive for achieving justice.
Perhaps less known about her was the degree to which she participated in the debates happening on other people’s blogs—participation that back then was critical to creating a New Mexico blogosphere that had depth and punch. Before the New Mexico Independent brought cyberspace to the forefront of political journalism, Barb was a big part of creating the burgeoning blogosphere here, peopled by those on the left, the right, and somewhere in the middle. She actively participated in comment threads of other blogs and cited other blogs in her own work.
We began m-pyre in October of 2004, as a place for three friends to talk about anything and everything. We defaulted *a lot* to politics. Unlike Barb, none of us manifest a political praxis through party activism. But due to the nature of our political system, electoral politics is an area of unavoidable debate that no one who is political can easily escape. Whenever we went there, Barb was generally with us. Her presence can be found throughout the m-pyre archives: sharp, insightful, stringent, occasionally polemical, and at times just plain laugh-out-loud funny. She was also encouraging and supportive, something often in short supply in this incredibly male-dominated environment.
I never actually met Barb, in person. Instead, we got to know each other from conversation in the same cyberspaces. But I got to know her in a way that I won’t ever know droves of people who I see plenty in the flesh. I really dug Barb. She cracked me up and made me think. At times, she made me raise my eyebrows. Sometimes, I thought she went too far. Other times, she was absolutely spot on. I can't count the times I thought to myself, "wonder what Barb says about that." I figure a lot of people knew Barb in this way. I'm sure they'll join me in the sentiment, when I say, I’m going to miss her a lot.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight...
Ah the ironies of listening to Arcade Fire's brilliant The Suburbs as I labor to create the plan for a walkable, urban, transit-oriented development on Albuquerque's sprawling West Side.
Thanks, Mags for the kick in the donkey to get this gem of an album!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
(See Graded and Ungraded Employees.)
That's the end of accountability, I guess, because the Mayor had no plans to address any issues with pay disparity, gender inequity, departmental inequity, etc.
I've done a very surface-level analysis of the Planning Department, for example, which headed by a woman might have the best chance for gender pay equity, one might expect. On average, men make $6,000
Likewise, of the 25 top earners at the City, 20 are men (80%), and on average, these high-paid men make $6,000 more than high-paid women. Mayor Berry, if you care, is #25, making just over $100K per year.
Hurray. Such accountability, Mayor Berry! Way to go.