False Positive

S. Hacker, Jacob
August 2004
New Republic;8/16/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 7/8, p14
Discusses the United States economy. Lack of support of the public for President George W. Bush's economic policies; Statement that the economy and economic security is not improving for most voters; Comments made at the Democratic National Convention regarding the economic strains on middle-class families caught between stagnant earnings and rising living costs; Transfer of financial risk from corporations and the government onto families and individuals; Report conducted by the author and by Professor Nigar Nargis of the University of Dhaka on the changes in family income; Reliance of corporations on part-time, contingent and contract workers; Discussion of the income risks that come from having both parents in the workforce; Lack of governmental spending on social programs; Shift of public spending to the private sector; Reference to the book "The Stakeholder Society," by Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott; Benefits of Bush's economic plans to the wealthiest citizens; Praise for social insurance that provides affordable insurance for the less affluent; Reference to the book "When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager," by David Moss.


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