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

MIND THE GAP

MIND THE GAP. Kay is skeptical about Hillary Clinton�s motivations for reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and also expresses doubt about expending energy on a legislative approach to solving the gender gap in wages. She cites social conditions that leave women out-of-the-loop when it comes to salaries and disproportionate domestic responsibilities as major problems. But if we take a close look at the proposed legislation, we see it is designed to address exactly these issues.

SHOULD WE BE IMITATING TERRORIST LABOR PRACTICES?

SHOULD WE BE IMITATING TERRORIST LABOR PRACTICES? Yesterday the Senate voted 51-46 to give 40,000 airport baggage screeners the right to unionize. The House supports a similar bill, but President Bush has threatened a veto, which there doesn�t appear to be enough votes in either the House or Senate to override. The New York Times reports that Sen. Richard M. Burr (R-NC), called the bill �absolutely absurd. Terrorists don�t go on strike. Terrorists don�t call their union to negotiate before they attack.�

FEMINIST LABOR POLITICS

FEMINIST LABOR POLITICS. This weekend, The New York Times Magazine chimed in to a growing conversation about women�s work-family balance with a piece arguing that increasing government support for childcare and health care will encourage women to have more babies and start younger, thus staving off a �baby drought.� I�m unconvinced by the argument that Americans need to be repopulating the world with gas guzzlers any faster than we already are.

TAKE THAT, GROVER NORQUIST

TAKE THAT, GROVER NORQUIST. Good news from a New York Times/CBS News poll this morning. Sixty percent of Americans -- including 62 percent of independents -- would be willing to pay more taxes to guarantee universal health coverage. But according to the poll, only 36 percent of Americans have confidence in Hillary Clinton�s ability to deliver health care reform this time around, and about half are unsure about John Edwards� idea to require employers to either pay for health insurance or pay into a general fund to provide government coverage.

EQUAL TO THE POPULATION OF SOUTH DAKOTA.

EQUAL TO THE POPULATION OF SOUTH DAKOTA. For the first time in 23 years, the Department of Housing and Urban Development presented a report to Congress yesterday documenting the scope of the United States� homelessness epidemic. The survey used a new approach, collecting data on the number of Americans sleeping on the street or seeking temporary shelter over a three-month period from January to April 2005, instead of just counting street-dwellers on one specific night, as past surveys have done. The results? 754,000 Americans were homeless for at least part of 2005, meaning they slept on the street or sought beds in shelters or transitional housing.

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