Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

THAT OLD HOUSE.

THAT OLD HOUSE. Home ownership creates wealth, and long-term renting is akin to flushing money down the toilet. Right? Well, think again. A study by The New York Times 's David Leonhardt finds that the benefits of renting aren't exclusive to the sub-prime exurban buyers who can't afford their mortgages. In every major metropolitan area, including New York and D.C., home prices would have to make an unlikely rise of between 4 and 5 percent annually for a buyer to break even after five years, which is the average length of time recent homeowners have stayed put. Over the same five-year period, renters were projected to spend far less on overall housing costs. There are other economic benefits to renting. Research shows that across the United States and Europe, regions with high homeownership rates also have higher unemployment. It makes perfect sense when you think about it: Tying yourself down to a home means you're less likely to accept a new job in another city. You're also more...

FAMILY VALUES.

FAMILY VALUES. A current plot line on ABC's hit show "Ugly Betty" (the most progressive show on network television ) involves the travails of Ignacio Suarez , a Queens retiree with heart problems and no health insurance who is at risk of deportation even though his two daughters and grandson are all American citizens. Pegged to the recent up tick in workplace raids, today The Washington Post reports on some of the real-life families facing this dilemma. A few dozen brave kids are even lobbying on Capitol Hill for their parents' rights to remain in the country in which they've worked, paid taxes, bought real estate, and raised children. But it's curious that reporter N.C. Aizenman writes, "Until recently, their parents' illegal status had limited impact on these children's lives." Although a number of private companies are willing to provide more financially secure illegal immigrants with services ranging from mortgages to health insurance, non-pregnant illegal immigrants and...

FLIP-FLOPPER.

FLIP-FLOPPER. In 2001, John McCain talked to John Edwards, Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy , and other Democrats about leaving the Republican Party, The Hill reports this morning, but abandoned the idea when Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords left the GOP and declared himself an Independent. The story is confirmed by former Rep. Tom Downey (D-NY), Daschle, and �a source close to Edwards.� To some swing voters, this news will likely help to harden the ridiculous myth of �maverick� McCain. But this is a great weapon for McCain�s GOP rivals. What grassroots conservative wants to vote for an almost-Democrat? --Dana Goldstein

�MAKE HISTORY WITH HILLARY.�

�MAKE HISTORY WITH HILLARY.� That�s the tagline for NOW�s new campaign to elect Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States. The august feminist organization joined Emily�s List today in making an unusually early formal endorsement of HRC. It demonstrates the limit, I think, of single-issue politics. In her statement, NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy says: At this time in our history, this country needs strong, experienced and principled leadership to restore faith in our government and repair its credibility at home and abroad, and to end the destructive policies that have eroded our civil liberties and increased injustice and inequality in our society. But no word on how Hillary will do that, only assertions that �the time is NOW for a woman president.� No matter how attractive that message is -- and it�s damn time, I agree -- without a wider debate on HRC�s merits as a progressive with a policy agenda beyond reproductive justice and women�s equality, most committed movement...

ANOTHER YEAR OF THE WOMAN?

ANOTHER YEAR OF THE WOMAN? Senators Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer and representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler will reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress today, and will announce hearings on women�s equality in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Conservative online media is already up in arms , lamenting the funding the ERA would likely provide, for the first time, to poor women on Medicaid who need to access abortion. Yes, the ERA would help progressives fight for women�s bodily rights. But it is also a crucial legal protection -- one first introduced in Congress in 1923 -- necessary to end workplace discrimination against women, fight wage inequality, and stop obviously sexist corporate practices, such as insurance companies covering the cost of Viagra, but not birth control pills . I remember Maloney speaking at a young women�s leadership event last summer and lamenting the Democratic Party�s...

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