Jason Furman, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, unveils the Administration’s new proposal in the continuing War on Poverty: an expansion of the earned-income and child tax credits. These tax credits have been instrumental in fighting poverty for decades, and have consistently won bipartisan support. The time has come, Furman argues, to expand them to benefit millions more.
Next: Brian Katulis calls on progressives to reject the drift toward disengagement in global affairs. Richard Kahlenberg writes on an important American institution that rarely gets the attention it deserves: the community college system. Mike Konczal tackles the conservative belief that voluntarism can take the place of the social safety net. And Molly Ball reports on the ongoing battle between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment.
Finally, in the books section, we have The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki on economic forecasting; Molly Worthen on the postwar intellectuals and religious faith; Tom Perriello on our white-collar Congress; Vanessa Williamson on rich people’s protests against taxes, and the grassroots supporters who enable them; and Monica Potts on the challenges of poverty journalism.