McCormack Speaks

December 21, 2016
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The Lasting Legacy of John McCormack

by David W. Cash, Dean

John W. McCormackJohn W. McCormack, a Massachusetts congressman for four decades and speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1962 to 1971, was born 125 years ago today. And while his long life ended 36 years ago, we are all still beneficiaries of its fruits.

Modest and soft-spoken, McCormack never sought the limelight. No biography has yet been published, though one is expected next year. But it is fair to say that no member of Congress in the 20th century accomplished more that affects the everyday lives of nearly every American today.

McCormack would doubtless take pride in the continuing effectiveness of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to provide people with a real safety net. He would have reveled in the fact that Barack Obama, a beneficiary of civil and voting rights legislation of the 1960s, became president; he would have supported the many education, housing and aid programs that continue to promote economic opportunity and social justice.

All these policies owe a debt to McCormack — a doer if there ever was one. McCormack was the seventh of eight U.S. House speakers to come from Massachusetts—no other state has sent more than four (Kentucky and Virginia). Continue Reading →

November 1, 2016
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Unpacking Clinton’s Workforce Development and Employment Policies

by Susan Crandall
Center for Social Policy

hiring signDuring the presidential debates, Candidate Clinton promoted a number of workforce development and employment policies aimed at building the middle class. In general, Clinton’s proposals are a step in the right direction, but they need to be fleshed out further to avoid unintended consequences and to ensure that that low paid workers advance. Here I dive deeper into several of these policies, and suggest additional modification to her proposals:

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