Kevin Cashman

More People Should Be on Disability If They Need to Be, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

There is a big problem with the limits of the current discourse on defending disability benefits: it invariably has the strictness of Social Security’s disability insurance program — only 4 in 10 applicants…

Why Do Passengers Expect Uber Drivers to Honestly Tell Them Whether They Enjoy Their Work or Not?

I hear it a lot. Friends will ask their Uber (or Lyft, etc.) drivers if they enjoy working for the ride hailing service. The answer is often a variation on “yes,” and might have a few…

Vox Misses the Mark on Voting Reform

Vox recently published a mealy mouthed article on voting reform that explains why election day is on Tuesday. It is interesting to hear some reasons why election day is on a certain day, but…

Robert Reich Tries to Educate a Trump Supporter, but Instead Reveals the Shortcomings of Liberal Rhetoric

This post is by David Song. Public policy wonk-person Robert Reich shared a Facebook post a few days ago about his encounter with a Trump supporter, which garnered 250,000 likes and 80,000 shares….

The “CV of Failure” Hides Structural Inequities and Also Relies on Particular Notions of Success

Johannes Haushofer, a professor at Princeton, recently created a “CV of failure,” which listed some of failures of his academic career — programs he didn’t get into, jobs he didn’t get, and grant…

Further Thoughts on How to Address the Ridiculous Cost of Diapers

I did some research on the costs of diapers back in the fall of 2015 using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.1 I found that, of those who buy…

Colbert’s Final Episode Celebrated the Wrong People

Pictured: A screenshot from the final episode of The Colbert Report, aired December 18, 2014 via Wikipedia. This post is by Daniel Ramirez. The Colbert Report is over. I regularly watched the show (and The…

Stephen Colbert Continues to Betray his Viewers and Celebrate the Wrong People

Pictured: Stephen Colbert gets a haircut from U.S. General Ray Odierno during his week-long infomercial for the military via Wikipedia. Stephen Colbert, now of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a darling…

Thomas Eric Duncan, and Deconstructing the Ebola Crisis in the U.S.

In 2014, the Ebola virus devastated western Africa. That fall, the American public panicked over the possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the United States. Americans stocked up on emergency supplies, avoided public…

East Baltimore Urban Renewal

Pictured: The corner of Washington Ave. and Ashland Ave. in August 2011 (top) and September 2015 (bottom). Via Google Street View. This was originally written in November 2014 by Daniel Ramirez. Johns Hopkins…