Stephanie Slade: If there’s one thing both sides can agree on, it’s preserving the wasteful sugar subsidy.
Peter Roff: Here's how Republicans should approach the latest budget fight.
Susan Milligan: There's a good conservative argument for raising the minimum wage.
Hester Peirce: The so-called Volcker rule isn't the best way to keep banks from going wild with risk.
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Common ground is in short supply as members of Congress work to reach a budget deal by the end of the week. No surprise there given that one side favors increasing overall spending and the other wants to decrease it. But there's one thing the two parties ought to be able to agree on: ending the practice of handing out taxpayer-funded goodies to one of the wealthiest industries in the country.more »
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released the results of the latest Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, last week. First administered in 2000, every three years the PISA tests 15-year old students in 65 countries in reading, math and science. American student performance has plateaued for the past decade, while performance in other countries has improved.more »
Usually poverty gets less attention from the media than global warming, which gets very little. Now the problem is on the front pages and trending on Twitter. Two weeks ago, Pope Francis issued a plea for income equality, and it was President Obama's turn to discuss poverty last week. Underpaid workers are mounting protests against Wal-Mart and the fast food industry. New Jersey, the District of Columbia and many municipalities have recently increased the minimum wage within their jurisdictions.more »
The Republicans squandered the summer of 2013. Rather than use the long congressional recess to lay the groundwork among the American people for a plan to further reduce spending or to prepare them for the possibility of a government shutdown triggered by President Barack Obama over his insistence on going ahead with Obamacare, the party went fishing.more »
Last week, legions of fast-food workers across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. They argued that the current $7.25 per hour is inhumane and not reflective of any kind of basic decency towards workers. It's a strong moral argument, one supported by the new Roman Catholic message from the new pope. But there's a conservative argument for hiking the minimum wage as well.more »