While on the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump made it clear what he plans to do to regulations. “I would say 70% of regulations can go,” he was quoted as saying at a town hall meeting. According to his website, his vision for regulations is to ask all department heads to submit a list of “every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs” — and then to eliminate them.The site indicates an exception for regulations regarding “public safety.” But the tricky thing is, the public, businesses, and the government don’t always agree which regulations are necessary for public safety. Image via iStock. History shows us that many necessary regulations that we take for granted today were initially opposed by corporations that said they’d hurt jobs and destroy the industry. Fortunately, in these cases, regulation won the day.Here are three prominent times that public safety regulations won out and we all benefitted — and not at the expense of business either. 1. Food and drug labelling laws Image via iStock. At the turn of the 20th century, the food and drug industries were virtually uncontrolled.Chemical preservatives weren’t tested for safety; toxic colors were frequently used; milk cows weren’t tested for tuberculosis; and opium, morphine, heroin, and cocaine were often ingredients in popular medicines — and there were no labels to warn consumers of their presence. Image via Library of Congress. According to the FDA, Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief of the Division of Chemistry, was one of the first to crusade for safety laws in regards to food and medicine. He started volunteer “hygiene table studies” where young men would eat food containing chemical preservatives (these trials became popularly known as “poison squads”) to demonstrate that the ingredients were harmful. He wanted to show the public that these preservatives should only be used when necessary and that none should be used without informing the consumer on the label.But it wasn’t an eas
Kansas has been the site of a massive live experiment — and we can learn a lot from its results, especially in Trump’s America.
In 2010, Sam Brownback became the governor of Kansas with the goal of creating a conservative utopia out of Kansas. The state would become the grand example of how to create prosperity and opportunity through ultra conservative principles, and there was one way Governor Brownback was going to get it there: a trickle-down economy. Through tax cuts, money would trickle down to the middle and lower classes, creating jobs and expanding business. So, in 2012, Brownback cut income taxes, largely benefiting the wealthiest Kansans, and eliminated taxes entirely for the owners of 330,000 businesses and farms. It would be “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” he wrote in an op-ed. Only it wasn’t. Gov. Sam Brownback. Image via Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images. It’s been four years since Kansas’ economic experiment began. The state is financially unrecognizable.By the end of 2015, Kansas had dropped to 39th in the country for worst job growth. The state has been downgraded in its credit rating. And researchers currently project budget shortfalls in the state totaling $1.1 billion through June 2019. The tax cuts that were supposed to jumpstart the economy and create jobs have actually done the opposite.To help close the widening deficit gap, Brownback has dipped into the funding pool of public services and programs. Over and over again. Health care, Medicaid, infrastructure, mental health services, and welfare have all been severely hit. And one of the places where you can see the most impact of these funding cuts? In the classroom. Since 2009, classrooms have gained more than 19,000 students, with 665 fewer teachers. Crowded classrooms mean full-time teachers are no longer able to give as much individual attention to their students, and yet the students keep pouring in. The day begins at Plum Creek Elementary. Image v
These companies are great places to work — and that doesn’t hurt their bottomline.
We’ve heard this idea many times: industries must pay workers a minimum wage to keep their prices low and profits high. The argument goes that if companies are required to pay employees more, there will be fewer jobs available or prices will have to go up. Image via iStock. But is that true?A 2016 National Employment Law Project study looked at job growth trends every time the federal minimum wage increased (since it was first established in 1938). It found no correlation between federal minimum wage increases and lower employment levels. Instead, the data suggests that employment actually increased about 68% of the time in the year after a minimum wage increase.This is because when companies increase wages, workers spend their additional earnings, increasing demand. This, in turn increases business, creating jobs and innovation. Image via iStock. Luckily, many companies are choosing to do better by their employees — not only becoming great places to work but also proving this “trickle-down” theory of business wrong:1. In-N-Out Image via iStock. In-N-Out has been named one of Glassdoor’s 2017 Best Places to Work, which is determined by employee ratings. This isn’t the first time the chain has been praised for being a great place to work; year after year, it ranks high on Glassdoor’s rankings. The average In-N-Out associate makes around $12 an hour according to Glassdoor, which is above the national minimum wage of $7.25. The company is also known for promoting managers from within, creating job growth opportunities for its employees, and according to the OC Register, managers are paid well above the national average for restaurants.The company’s benefits include retirement accounts, health plans, and three weeks’ vacation a year for those who have worked for the company more than six years. This fast food organization is also renowned for prioritizing work-life balance and
Concerned about income inequality? Meet one of the causes.
There’s one thing we learned for sure this election year: If you want to get people excited, promise to fix the economy.Every economist and politician worth their salt have different ideas about how we can close the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and there’s one tried-and-true solution that lots of them keep coming back to: trickle-down economics. But aside from being named after something that conjures up images of faucets clogged with who-knows-what, what exactly are they? And, more importantly, do they work?To answer that question, we need to go back a few decades. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan became president after promising to reinvigorate the economy by cutting taxes on wealthy Americans. Their wealth, he promised, would inspire them to spend more on their businesses, creating jobs and wealth for the people in income brackets below them. Those people would do the same, albeit with less cash to spend, and their spent wealth would “trickle down” to the poorest of the poor. The rich would benefit, and the poor would benefit from the rich. Everyone wins! Reagan introduces his tax plan, which he never referred to as trickle-down economics, calling it “Reaganomics” or “supply-side economics” instead. Image via Reagan Library/Wikimedia Commons. Trickle-down economics sounds like an idea that might work. Except its benefits are, to put it mildly, not exactly as advertised. Here are a few important reasons why:1. Trickle down really trickles right back up. Image by Heather Libby/Upworthy. According to smart folks who studied the impact of Reagan’s tax cuts, the wealth he promised would “trickle down” ended up “trickling mostly up,” making income inequality worse. Between 1979 and 2005, after-tax household income rose 6% for the bottom fifth. That sounds great until you see what happened for the top fifth — an 80% increase in income. That split has become even worse since then. Income inequ
Five days after Americans celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr., Donald Trump will be inaugurated as our 45th president.It’s been nearly 50 years since King was assassinated for his role as a leader in the fight for civil rights and racial equality. As we enter this new era — one in which, for many, it feels like King’s dream of America is far out of reach — it’s more important than ever to reflect on what King truly stood for. Here are 27 quotes from the man himself that show us his actual ideal vision of America — and how far we still have to go before we get there. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington, D.C. Photo by AFP/Getty Images. 1. King reminded us to stand up and speak out against the injustices we see in our world.”To accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system; thereby the oppressed become as evil as the oppressor,” King wrote in his essay “Three Ways of Meeting Oppression.” “Noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. … To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right.”2. It’s better to be frustrated with an unjust world than to just accept it.In his sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood, King said, “There are some things in our nation to which I’m proud to be maladjusted, to which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. … I never intend to adjust myself to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.”3. Just because something is legal, that doesn’t make it right, and not everything that is illegal is wrong.”One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. C
It all started with a congressional art contest. The winner would get to display their painting in the long hallway that connects House office buildings to the U.S. Capitol. It would be seen by thousands of people, including some of the most powerful in the country — members of Congress, staffers, lobbyists, and visitors. David Pulphus, an 18-year-old student in the Missouri district represented by Rep. Lacy Clay, won the contest with his striking painting of a violent and tense clash between police and protestors — a nod to the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, that garnered national attention in 2014 after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. If you want a better look at the painting: pic.twitter.com/QOnPSj6Dik— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 10, 2017 As promised, Pulphus’ painting was displayed in the hallway of the U.S. Capitol complex, where it hung for seven months. Then things got interesting. For better or worse, the painting has become the centerpiece of a complicated conversation about race, power, and the role of art in politics. The painting depicts police officers as pigs. Literally. (Actually, they’re more warthog-ish, but that’s just my interpretation.) Some police organizations took issue with this depiction and asked, in a strongly worded letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, that the painting be taken down. Shortly after, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) took it down himself. Then Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri) put it back up. A few hours later, two other Republican representatives — Dana Rohrabacher and Brian Babin — took it down again. Dana Rohrabacher and Brian Babin are taking the painting down again and bringing it to Clays office pic.twitter.com/d83Mj858bG— Alex Gangitano (@AlexGangitano) January 10, 2017 If the point of art is to get people talking, here are three big questions we should be talking about:1. First, what really is “offensive”? And what should you do when yo
“It’s time for our young girls to have a new standard.”
Not long ago, Angelica and Jason Sweeting were driving home when their 3-year-old daughter Sophia started crying and wouldn’t stop.When they asked her what was wrong, Sophia told them that she hated her dark hair and dark skin and wanted to look like Barbie or Elsa, with long blond hair and white skin.She told them she’d never be beautiful because she didn’t look like those dolls. Sophia’s fear hit the couple at their core. They took a hard look at the images their daughter was regularly exposed to, and they promptly saw the problem glaring back at them.The way Sophia looked wasn’t well-represented — not in the media nor in the toys she played with.They looked everywhere for a black doll that resembled Sophia but couldn’t find one.Yes, there are black dolls and Barbies on the market, but most are simply dark-skinned versions of white dolls. Few offer features that many black girls like Sophia see when they look in the mirror — like wider noses or fuller lips — and even fewer dolls come in a variety of skin tones. Meet my Co-Founders and biggest inspiration! Sophia + Sydney A photo posted by Beauty Doesn’t Come In A Box! (@naturallyperfectdolls) on Feb 8, 2015 at 6:05pm PST According to the Census Bureau, there are now more racial and ethnic minority children under 5 years old than white children under 5. While dolls have diversified significantly in recent years, it’s still a struggle for many parents to find dolls that accurately reflect their children’s specific demographic identities.Dissatisfied with the limited doll options available, Angelica and Jason decided to create their own doll. Happy Monday and first day of summer!!! We are still on track to ship out pre orders next month! Don’t miss out, we are almost sold out! Click the link in the bio! A photo posted by Beauty Doesn’t Come In A Box! (@naturallyperfectdolls) on Jun 20, 2016 at 3:39pm PDT Their first 18-inch doll, named Angel
His heartfelt open letter proves fat-shaming helps no one.
Josette Belant has never planned a protest before. Much less one that might draw thousands of people to the streets of her hometown.Belant, a scheduler at a primary care clinic, was eager to lend a hand when her friend invited 15 people to a women’s march in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, on Jan. 21, in solidarity with the larger women’s march in Washington, D.C. She joined the steering committee along with two other friends, and buzz swiftly, unexpectedly spread far beyond the tight-knit group. Photo via iStock. As of January 11, over 6,400 people have indicated they’re going to the Madison rally. “We were angry. I mean that’s what a lot of it comes down to — is being done with it. Needing to do something is a very powerful feeling,” Belant says.While thousands of Americans are marching in Washington, D.C., thousands more are planning to attend “sister marches” in their home states across America.Many of the sister marches are being helmed by first-time organizers. Women’s march organizers state that nearly 300 solidarity rallies will take place around the world on the 21st. “I’ve never really been political or an activist really up until this past year,” says Billie Mays, an organizer with Women’s March Cincinnati. When one of her fellow organizers created a Facebook event to send a local delegation to Washington, D.C., she was the first one to volunteer help. The committee, which was soon joined by half a dozen others, came up with the idea to hold a local rally in addition — which they planned over four 18-hour days between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2.The weekend was a crash course in event planning for Mays — figuring out how to secure permits, raise money, and acquire insurance, among other tasks. “So many people feel like this, and they’re fearful, and they’re scared of what’s going to happen to themselves, their families, their friends, their coworkers. And it’s just been a growing movement,” she says.Mays, an administrative assistant, explains that
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