Weekend Reading List

For this weekend’s reading list we have a primer on the upcoming health care reform arguments at the Supreme Court, an article on improving public schools, an economics paper on the government revenue benefits of stimulus spending, an interview regarding removing urban freeways as a method for increasing urban redevelopment, and how GOP Rep. Ryan’s proposed budget socks it to the poor and working class.

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The Health Law and the Supreme Court: A Primer For the Upcoming Oral Arguments – an overview of the questions at issue in this week’s Supreme Court hearing on challenges to President Obama’s health care reform law. For Winning Progressive’s take on how decisions by noted conservative appellate court judges upholding health care reform bode well for health care reform being upheld by the Supreme Court, click here.

How, and How Not, To Improve the Schools – an essay about how Teach for America is no substitute for the fundamental changes in teacher recruitment, support, and retention that are needed to achieve lasting and widespread improvement in our educational system.

Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy – Economists J. Bradford DeLong and Lawrence Summers make the case that in economic recessions, government stimulus spending can not only help the economy recover, but can also more than pay for itself by generating increased revenues as a result of economic growth.

John Norquist and Our Congestion Obsession – an interview with Congress for the New Urbanism CEO John Norquist about the benefits for urban renewal from removing highways in urban areas, as has successfully occurred with the removal of the Embarcadero highway in San Francisco, the Park East Highway in Milwaukee, and the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

Chairman Ryan Gets 62 Percent of His Huge Budget Cuts From Programs for Lower-Income Americans – an analysis showing how GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent budget proposal – which would provide more than $3 trillion in tax breaks for the wealthy and an additional $200 billion in military spending – would achieve 62% of its proposed $5.3 trillion in spending cuts on programs that provide aid to the poor and working class.