Daily Clips: April 27th, 2015

Fracturing democracies
Washington Post – EJ Dionne.

Mr. Dionne has the unique ability to sift through the day to day grime of politics and find distinct patterns in our political eras. In his most recent article, Dionne takes a look at a range of Western nations and how their people are all dissatisfied and angered with the status quo. But he notices that this desire for change is limited by our distrust of our institutions.

Dionne puts forward a simple and profound diagnosis of where we are in 2015:
“A broad desire for governments to reduce the levels of economic insecurity and expand opportunity is constrained by a loss of confidence in the capacity of government to succeed.”
American politicians would be wise to analyze this contradiction if they hope to succeed in their messaging over the next two years .

New York Times – David Leonhardt

“College isn’t for everyone”. How many times have we heard that line from those on the right and the left? Disregard the thinly veiled classism of that statement and you’ll see that this line of thought is blatantly disregarding the huge income gap between those that attend university and those that do not. If we truly want to increase wages in this nation and sustain a robust middle class in the 21st century, we must do all we can to promote affordable post-secondary education to our citizenry.

Bloomberg Business – Alex Tribou and Keith Collins

While our political institutions appear to be gridlocked and unyielding, we sometimes forget how rapidly our nation’s social norms have transformed. This article beautifully displays how the U.S. has a history of social change which follows a distinct pattern:
A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event — often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity — triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

Washington Post – Matt O’Brien

For every problem, Republicans have a solution: tax cuts! “Republicans have run on the same platform…no matter how the economy is doing. The only innovation this time is trying to make prodigious tax cuts for the rich look populist by cloaking them in the language of tax simplicity and fairness.”

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.