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Under Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says
Bernie Sanders' economic plan would create nearly 26 million jobs and increase median income by more than $22,000, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.
By Tami Luhby

Median income would soar by more than $22,000. Nearly 26 million jobs would be created. The unemployment rate would fall to 3.8%.

Those are just a few of the things that would happen if Bernie Sanders became president and his ambitious economic program were put into effect, according to an analysis given exclusively to CNNMoney. The first comprehensive look at the impact of all of Sanders’ spending and tax proposals on the economy was done by Gerald Friedman, a University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor.

Friedman found that if Sanders became president – and was able to push his plan through Congress – median household income would be $82,200 by 2026, far higher than the $59,300 projected by the Congressional Budget Office.

In addition, poverty would plummet to a record low 6%, as opposed to the CBO’s forecast of 13.9%. The U.S. economy would grow by 5.3% per year, instead of 2.1%, and the nation’s $1.3 trillion deficit would turn into a large surplus by Sanders’ second term.

This more sweeping analysis was not commissioned by the candidate, though Sanders’ policy director called it “outstanding work.” Friedman previously scored the Vermont senator’s Medicare for all plan.

Sanders’ plan to pour $14.5 trillion into the economy – including spending on infrastructure and youth employment, increasing Social Security benefits, making college free and expanding health care and family leave – would juice GDP and productivity. Also, he would raise the minimum wage, as well as shift income from the rich to the middle and working class through tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations. 

“Like the New Deal of the 1930s, Senator Sanders’ program is designed to do more than merely increase economic activity,” Friedman writes. It will “promote a more just prosperity, broadly-based with a narrowing of economy inequality.”

Many presidential hopefuls say their economic programs would boost growth. Donald Trump and Jeb Bush justify their big tax cuts by saying GDP would grow at a 4% rate. But their plans have been panned by experts as overly optimistic.

Friedman, however, argues that Sanders’ plan would be more stimulative because it is pouring money into the economy, as opposed to cutting taxes. Several of Sanders’ proposals – such as spending $1 trillion on infrastructure – will happen in the first few years of his administration.

The thinking goes: This enhanced government spending would increase demand on businesses, who would then hire more workers to meet their needs. The increase in employment will prompt people to buy more, leading other businesses to hire.

“If there is more spending, people will have more to do,” Friedman said, noting that the share of the population with jobs could be restored to its 1999 level of more than 64%, up from its current 59.6% rate.

Sanders’ policy director, Warren Gunnels, also defended the estimates, noting the candidate is thinking big.

“We haven’t had such an ambitious agenda to rebuild the middle class since Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson,” he said.

Surprise! Data shows job markets grinding to a halt in cities with recent minimum wage hikes

People who don’t understand economics will be thoroughly baffled by this new data. As it turns out, when salaries are based on anything but fair market value, job markets take a dive. Government bureaucrats and labor union lobbyists fail to understand this time and time again, and the people who stand in the picket lines demanding a higher wage don’t realize that they’re really killing their own chances of getting a job at all.

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Transgender pilots will now be free to fly in the US
Jessica Taylor, a pilot for a Denver regional airline, was victorious after a battle with the Federal Aviation Administration to prove she was just as qualified to fly an aircraft as any trained person who has not transitioned.

I found that gender can mean the difference between captains believing you are qualified or not to fly the aircraft,’ she said, according to MPR News. ‘Over the past few years, many transgender individuals have lost their medical certification due to these outdated practices and policies, while also facing discrimination by the FAA.’

The FAA would previously require pilots to submit results of psychological testing every year in order to be considered to fly in the US. If you failed, you couldn’t fly. But now being transgender is no longer considered a mental illness, the FAA will allow trans pilots to fly planes without undergoing a time-consuming and expensive appeal process to prove they’re fit and able.

While this is a huge step forward for aviation, it has a caveat. The new policy will require additional paperwork and testing if a pilot has been treated with hormone therapy or had gender reassignment surgery less than five years ago.

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A User’s Guide to This Year’s Transphobic Legislation 

February is upon us, and the picture for anti-transgender legislation has begun to emerge. In 2015 there were 20 state-level bills intended to target transgender people. All of them were either defeated or carried over to the next legislative session. This year has seen the number grow to at least 28 pieces of legislation, and we’ll likely see more before the sessions are over. […]

You have to put yourself in their shoes. Taking a really good salesman out of sales is a bad idea. That’s true of any job. If your best roofer can shingle a house in half the time as everyone else takes, what do you benefit by pulling him off of that job? Can he teach everyone else how he does it? If so, why hasn’t he taught them already? Have you taught the other salesmen how to close like you do, or are you just in this for yourself? Doing the work and managing the work are two completely different skillsets, and unless they can see you demonstrating their definition of “leadership material” for long stretches of time, promoting you to that position is a huge, huge risk.

Management isn’t a solo effort. It’s a team sport. Your job as a leader is to make sure everyone is growing. If you’re constantly demonstrating that ability to spread the wealth, you are going to become their new Golden Boy. Unless one of the managers has made a friend who he wants to promote instead.

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Gillian Anderson was only paid ‘half’ Duchovny’s pay for ‘X-Files’ reunion
“I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth.”

TW: ableist language, swearing

X-Files star Gillian Anderson recently discussed the gender pay gap, claiming she was only offered “half” the pay of costar David Duchovny for the show’s six-part reunion. Anderson told The Daily Beast that when the show first premiered, she was told to literally stand behind Duchovny during scenes.

“I can only imagine that at the beginning, they wanted me to be the sidekick,” she said. “Or that, somehow, maybe it was enough of a change just to see a woman having this kind of intellectual repartee with a man on camera, and surely the audience couldn’t deal with actually seeing them walk side by side! I have such a knee-jerk reaction to that stuff, a very short tolerance for that shit… I don’t know how long it lasted or if it changed because I eventually said, ‘Fuck no! No!’ I don’t remember somebody saying, ‘OK, now you get to walk alongside him.’ But I imagine it had more to do with my intolerance and spunk than it being an allowance that was made.”

Anderson says she faced the pay gap a second time when negotiating her pay for the series revival, which is debuting this month. She claims she was offered “half” the pay of Duchovny.

“I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth,” Anderson says. “Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it. Even in interviews in the last few years, people have said to me, ‘I can’t believe that happened, how did you feel about it, that is insane.’ And my response always was, ‘That was then, this is now.’ And then it happened again! I don’t even know what to say about it. It is… sad. It is sad.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson and Duchovny were ultimately paid the same amount for the series return.

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“The large cohort of youth entering Africa’s labour force is the best educated one the continent has seen, and Africa is witnessing its best growth performance in decades”

Unemployment is considered a ‘luxury’ in Sub-Saharan Africa. So, in the absence of formal wage jobs, the youth of SSA are exploiting their talents in innovative ways in the informal sector: in agriculture and household enterprises. How should economic policy in Africa shift to reflect youth employment in the informal sector?

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How Medical Schools Are Failing the LGBTQ Community
When Tara Benesch began applying for medical school, she thought her longtime mentor would write her a recommendation.

“I was telling them, ‘Oh, I identify as queer, and I’d love to keep working with the queer community …’ and subsequently that person said they couldn’t write me are commendation anymore,” says Benesch, an M.D./M.S. student at the University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco Joint Medical Program.

Sadly, this story isn’t unusual among LGBTQ students vying for coveted spots in medical school. These students are concerned that being open about their sexual orientation and gender identity could influence –or harm – their acceptance and future.

And they’re probably right.

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Confession

I’m 20 years old working in fast food making $8.50 an hour, will be 4 years in September. My bills are extremely high. Especially my credit card bill went up $200 because of interest. I’m still living at home & no kids but I feel the struggle. I’m trying to pass this semester of school because I completely failed last semester but the bills don’t stop or try to work with you because you’re in school. I try to fill out job applications but it’s always something. It’s too far, they don’t pay enough, don’t want someone with just fast food experience or don’t work with college students. I hate asking my managers about when do W2’s come & is their a way we can file them early? I feel like I give off the impression that I’m excited to be irresponsible with my money when in all actuality I’m trying to catch up with my bills & pay at least one of my debts off. Then someone suggested to me that I “claim” my brother for taxes, I guess you get $3,000 for each kid. That would be nice to pay down on my credit card debt that seems to never go down but instead going up. I’m too embarrassed to ask my dad & what if needed that extra income? I’m so damn desperate right now. Bill collectors call me non stop, I’m already starting out bad. Then on top of that my mom & step dad said I need to be out by March if I don’t get a job that pays $10 or more. I know my credit score has to be in the 4 or 500’s by now. I’m just sinking. The only thing that kind of keeps my head up is the business I’m trying to start but with my personal financial struggle, I don’t even want to Pursue it anymore.

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