First, the Dropbox links:
The Extemp Files were just updated, late last night, through Wednesday’s/yesterday’s articles. I’m also starting to get the Extemp Backfiles folder populated. I tend to put infrastructure articles in the Economic Crisis – US folder. Check the Poverty folder for means-tested programs, though some may be in both folders. I’ve also posted my Economics folder, which goes back years and covers a broader range of economic topics than do the Extemp subfolders.
This is the best Pro article I’ve found; it argues that there are simply too many workers – and that the solution is a massive infrastructure program. First, the article, and then a link to the report on which it’s based (really long and detailed).
For those taking a Con position in favor of means-tested programs: First, a good overview article with a lot of key information every Con side should have, then two on the SNAP program changes.
Housing costs, and a good chart with some interesting income numbers that should benefit the Con side.
From the last four articles, would anything other than direct welfare programs really help those at the bottom? How would infrastructure spending benefit them?
One of the major uses of wealth (assets) is to produce income. This can be through financial investments (stocks, bonds, whatever), real estate (rental, to produce revenue, or sold for prices higher than originally paid), or other methods. To the extent that income inequality is an extension of wealth inequality, the following report is relevant.
What do the numbers in this report tell us about the resolution?