the tax code is unfair to low-income Americans and should be made more progressive. Or about his proposal for a universal 401(k) program featuring “[g]enerous $2-to-$1 government matching contributions for initial savings of low-income families and $1-to-$1 matches for middle-income families . . . financed in a fiscally responsible manner” by avoiding estate tax repeal. Or here he is in the Washington Monthly talking about the need to go beyond Unemployment Insurance and offer a comprehensive wage insurance program. Here’s some stuff he did for the Huffington Post.
There’s a lot of economic injustice in the world, and there’s a place for high dudgeon in calling it out. That’s not really his strong suit. But there’s also a case for outlying conceptually sound proposals to improve things in a clear and concise manner. That sounds a lot like the National Economic Council chief’s job, I think he was good at it in the late Clinton administration, and I think he’ll be good at it today.
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