WASHINGTON -- The prediction was supposed to sound ominous. But to many listeners, it just sounded delicious. “My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems,” warned Marco Gutierrez, founder of Latinos for Trump, in an MSNBC interview last week. “If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
WASHINGTON — Get ready for your tax rates to go up. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but sometime soon. Not because politicians, or their constituents, are clamoring for higher tax bills; because Congress is effectively forcing itself to raise rates soon as a direct result of two distinctly foolhardy policies: aggressively defunding the nation’s main revenue collection agency, and continuing to complicate and Swiss-cheese-ify the tax code. The spending bill passed last weekend contains a lot of terrible provisions.
WASHINGTON — Why haven’t you gotten a raise? In the past few years, corporate profits have climbed ever higher. Legions of unemployed people are now finding gainful employment, with joblessness finally falling below 6 percent. Meanwhile, if you’re anything like the average American worker, your pay has been flat, just barely keeping pace with inflation.
WASHINGTON — For-profit colleges can’t get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too. For-profit schools — ranging from monolithic online chains such as the University of Phoenix to smaller, fly-by-night operations that advertise on the subway — enroll about 12 percent of college students nationally.
WASHINGTON — Think of the children. These days, politicians — and their constituents — generally don’t. For all their baby-kissing, politicians know that it’s the elderly — not suffrage-ineligible children or their parents — who turn out to vote. This perhaps explains why a smaller and smaller share of government budgets is expected to go to children over the coming decade. This is documented in exhaustive detail in the Urban Institute’s eighth annual “Kids’ Share” report.
WASHINGTON — Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial for moving up the income ladder — or, these days, for landing any job at all — I’m inundated with emails blaming the country’s K-12 system. Today’s workers have to go to college, readers argue, because our increasingly broken public schools have ceded responsibility for educating them. Data from the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll, a survey about education, reflect similar views.
WASHINGTON — You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor’s degree for positions that didn’t used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: the minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job. The report is from Burning Glass, a labor market analytics company that mines millions of online job postings.
WASHINGTON — Customers can be so demanding. First they criticized fast-food joints over nutritional content. Now they’re getting picky about tax and labor practices. In recent weeks, consumers and commentators have savaged Burger King over its plan to merge with Tim Hortons, a move that appears at least partly motivated by tax avoidance.
WASHINGTON — Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names. I’m getting married in a few days, and — as I’m told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar. But the biggest blow-ups, in my case, were over names. Specifically, women’s names. Or lack thereof. Here’s how it began. My mother was in charge of paper products — invitations, envelopes and seating cards — mostly because she had much stronger preferences about these things than I did.
WASHINGTON — Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I’m referring instead to other tightly guarded information they once declared “trade secrets”: data about the number of women and minorities on their payrolls. After years of trying to deflect attention from the issue, Google blogged in May about the diversity, or lack thereof, of its staff, acknowledging that just 17 percent of its tech employees are female and 5 percent are black or Hispanic.