3/13/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “SEN. JONI ERNST INTRODUCES PLANS FOR PAID FAMILY LEAVE THROUGH RETIREMENT DEFERRAL” ROBIN OPSAHL, THE DES MOINES REGISTER

From the article: “Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst proposed new parental leave legislation Tuesday, which would let new parents take paid time off to care for their children by delaying retirement.

Ernst and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a fellow Republican, announced what they are calling the ‘Cradle Act.’ It would provide family leave letting new parents draw from their Social Security funds to take time off from work.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “ECONOMIC DIGNITY” GENE SPERLING, DEMOCRACY JOURNAL

From the article: “For all the things we find time for in the ongoing economic policy debates I have seen or been part of over the last 30 years, battles over policy, there seems to me too little reflection on the most basic economic question of all: What exactly is our ultimate economic goal in terms of increasing human happiness and well-being?

Indeed, in the absence of that more clear focus on an economic fixed star, it becomes too easy to start to see the economic targets, political strategies, and specific policy postures as if they were the end goals in themselves—as opposed to means to arrive at a higher end goal for lifting up human fulfillment. 

Over the years, I have found myself stepping outside of the normal metrics that define our national economic dialogue to ask myself: What would a person on his or her death bed say mattered most in his or her economic life? That is the question that guides this essay. It seeks neither to explore highly technical issues of economic measurement nor sort out competing theories of social justice. It is rather one policymakers’ attempt to go out of the comfort zone of numbers to delve into this larger question.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “O’ROURKE AND BIDEN, SIGNALING PRESIDENTIAL BIDS, WOULD INFUSE CENTRISM INTO A LEFT-LEANING DEMOCRATIC FIELD” MATT VISER, THE WASHINGTON POST

From the article: “In targeting many of the same voters, O’Rourke and Biden could be on something of a collision course. They would present the party with the sharpest test yet of whether it wants an exciting but untested face or a more traditional, experienced standard-bearer to take on President Trump. And both would be trying to lay claim to the Obama legacy, with Biden touting his eight-year partnership in the White House and O’Rourke attempting to tap into the cultural and generational zeitgeist as Barack Obama did more than a decade ago.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “EDITORIAL: SENATE SHOULD REBUFF TRUMP ON BORDER EMERGENCY NATIONAL REVIEW

From the article: “It’s not going to be easy for Senate Republicans to vote to disapprove of President Trump’s declaration of emergency at the border. They should do it, nonetheless, on principle and out of institutional self-respect.”