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by Moshe Adler

 
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Moshe Adler
Moshe Adler

Moshe Adler teaches economics at Columbia University and at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College. He is the author of “Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal” (The New Press, 2010).  His articles and editorials have appeared in...

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What The New York Times Doesn’t Understand About Taxes

Once again a New York Times article hinges on the numbers, and the numbers as reported are all wrong. This is becoming a disturbing pattern.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011



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Whose Side Is the New York Times On, Part 2

State personal income in New York in 2009 was $908 billion. Thus a flat tax of less than 1 percent would close the deficit entirely, without any spending cuts.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011



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Whose Side Is The New York Times On?

As if dealing with the many known enemies of government workers is not enough, state employees in New York now also have to contend with the old gray lady herself, The New York Times. (more)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011



White House / Pete Souza

Beware of Arne Duncan’s Tricks

The statistical evidence is that smaller class size means better education, but smaller class size also means higher taxes. So Education Secretary Arne Duncan chose trickery to divert parents from the clear road.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011



DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

Down With Democracy, Let’s Have a King

With a 10 percent rate of unemployment among his subjects and fear of the unrest that this could unleash, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed an increase in aid to the unemployed, an increase in the salaries of government employees, an increase in aid to students, an increase in funds ... (more)

Posted on Feb 25, 2011



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How to Be a Billionaire

All you have to do to be a billionaire is to have an idea. John A. Paulson had an idea, and in 2010 his idea made him $5 billion. (more)

Posted on Feb 1, 2011



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Don’t Blame Workers for the Crimes of the Wealthy

According to The New York Times, “What’s Broken in Greece” is that the cost of labor in Greece from 2005 to 2010 has been, on average, 25 percent higher than in Germany. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2011



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Chinese Workers Are Not the Enemy

American workers need jobs and access to the Chinese market, and Chinese workers need jobs and technology. Volvo provides a model of how we can make both sides happy. (more)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011



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The Gulag Prisoners of Pennsylvania

In a recent story titled “A Push to Privatize Pennsylvania Liquor Stores,” New York Times reporter Katharine Seelye described a state-owned liquor store in Forest City, Pa., that ran out of eggnog before Christmas and concluded that customers of these stores are “like prisoners in the gulag” ... (more)

Posted on Jan 18, 2011




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