Political poetry for the times we live in by Skip Tenczar
Oh poor besieged Congressman Gaetz,
They’re saying you have strange character traits.
Sharing nude pics
Is one of your shticks.
Have you shown your friend Donald - he might relate.
part one: Dean Baker talks with us about unemployment statistics, the labor market in general, and the effects of the Relief Plan.
Bio: . Dean Baker co-founded CEPR in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer. His blog, “Beat the Press,” provides commentary on economic reporting. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Dean previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Council. He was the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996–2006.
Links: Biden infrastructure plan could be big boost for blue-collar America https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-infrastructure-jobs-idUSKBN2BN220, shows the upward redistribution in income in the U.S. was not the result of globalization and the natural wf
Part two: We talk with Hedrick Smith about pushing to promote innovation. Biden is stimulating the economy by recognizing that innovation occurs on its own or necessarily driven by capital, because the government is the largest and most powerful entity to actively bring about innovation. Private capital is impatient, and seeks short term returns. Only government has the long term capacity to support innovation. We talk about the advances made as a result of government investment.
Bio: Hedrick Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. Over five decades as a reporter, editor, producer and author, Smith has established himself as one of America’s premier journalists.
In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series and in 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1988 through 2009, Smith reported and produced more than 50 hours of long-form documentaries and mini-series for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. One distinctive feature of his television productions is his focus not just on examining systemic problems in modern America but on seeking solutions.
Two of Smith’s FRONTLINE programs, The Wall Street Fix and Can You Afford to Retire? won Emmies and two others, Critical Condition (on U.S. health care) and Tax Me If You Can, were nominated. Twice he has won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton, or grand prize, for the year’s best public affairs program on U.S. television – for Inside Gorbachev’s USSR in 1990, and a shared award for Inside the Terror Network with other FRONTLINE producers in 2002.
Smith is the author of five books and co-author of two others. His first The Russians, based on his experience as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief in 1971-74, was a No. 1 U.S. best seller, translated into 16 languages. His next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, became a handbook for many in Congress and was bedtime reading for President Bill Clinton. His current book Who Stole the American Dream? is a probing historical analysis of the roots and causes of rising economic inequality in the U.S. and polarized gridlock in Washington and an outline of potential strategies for the future. More at www.hedricksmith.com.