The Defining Issue: Not Government’s Size, But Who It’s For

  • In a recent Pew Foundation poll, 77 percent of respondents said too much power is in the hands of a few rich people and corporations.

  • Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall?

Robert Reich, Huffington Post

The defining political issue of 2012 won’t be the government’s size. It will be who government is for.

Americans have never much liked government. After all, the nation was conceived in a revolution against government.

But the surge of cynicism now engulfing America isn’t about government’s size. It’s the growing perception that government isn’t working for average people. It’s for big business, Wall Street, and the very rich instead.

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Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall? Marian Wang, ProPublica
We asked experts, and most told us that while there is relatively little scholarship on the issue, the evidence so far is that the overall effect on jobs is minimal. Regulations do destroy some jobs, but they also create others. Mostly, they just shift jobs within the economy.

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