Free New York Times articles
If you've ever been to the NY Times web site, the Op-Ed articles by Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, etc., require the payment of an annual subscription fee.
I had paid the fee but decided not to renew this year, and so I was missing the articles.
But woo hoo! Here they all are, reprinted every week for free!
April 28th, 2007 9:07am
Krugman reads like a literate version of sharky:
"But that makes him a mere piker by modern standards. Last year, according to Institutional Investor's Alpha magazine, James Simons, a hedge fund manager, took home $1.7 billion, more than 38,000 times the average income. Two other hedge fund managers also made more than $1 billion, and the top 25 combined made $14 billion.
How much is $14 billion? It's more than it would cost to provide health care for a year to eight million children — the number of children in America who, unlike children in any other advanced country, don't have health insurance.
The hedge fund billionaires are simply extreme examples of a much bigger phenomenon: every available measure of income concentration shows that we've gone back to levels of inequality not seen since the 1920s.
The New Gilded Age doesn't feel quite as harsh and unjust as the old Gilded Age — not yet, anyway. But that's because the effects of inequality are still moderated by progressive income taxes, which fall more heavily on the rich than on the middle class; by estate taxation, which limits the inheritance of great wealth; and by social insurance programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which provide a safety net for the less fortunate.
You might have thought that in the face of growing inequality, there would have been a move to reinforce these moderating institutions - to raise taxes on the rich and use the money to strengthen the safety net. That's why comparing the incomes of hedge fund managers with the cost of children's health care isn't an idle exercise: there's a real trade-off involved. But for the past three decades, such trade-offs have been consistently settled in favor of the haves and have-mores."
April 28th, 2007 9:37am
It's great to see they cover such a WIDE variety of topics.
Bush sucks big time.
Bush sucks fetid donkey dildos.
April 28th, 2007 11:17am
So, the site is biased. Big whup. There are just as many sites devoted to the viewpoints of the other side.
April 28th, 2007 12:05pm
"Krugman reads like a literate version of sharky:
"Krugman reads like a literate version of sharky: "
Are you saying I'm illiterate?
No. Maybe I should have said academic or something. He's sharky with footnotes. It's cool. You're on the level with one of the world's best economists.
April 28th, 2007 10:53pm