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Professor @McCourtSchool @Georgetown, Immigrant. Views my own. Administrative burdens guy. Substack https://t.co/In2RnWWWst
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Jan 17
People laughed about the Stephen Douglas/Frederick Douglas mistake, but this bill is really bad. The key goal is to silence, discredit, and put a bounty on teachers, while further undermining the attack on public schools. 1/ The bill has the standard blocking of "divisive concepts." In other words, you can't suggest structural racism is a real and persistent force in America, despite evidence of this point. Doesn't matter if it's true as long as it's "divisive." 2/
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Jan 16
Bit more on the judge who outlawed drop boxes in Wisconsin, overturning the state election commission Full story the quote is from here. The broader picture is bleak. In swing states there is a deliberate effort to control and restrict voting. If conservative judges go along with it & legislature is gerrymandered, no real options w/o federal reform.
nytimes.com/2022/01/14/us/…
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Jan 14
A judge in Wisconsin declared drop boxes to be illegal *today.*
State legislature won't put them back b/c they believe its in their interests to limit voting and they can do so because of gerrymandering. Thats why federal election reforms is the only way to fix these issues. If your only concern is avoiding another coup attempt, that's fine but a) that's a pretty limited perspective on defending democracy, and b) there is no legislative reform that can guarantee that won't happen again.
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Jan 13
New, from me: there is a concerted effort to deny and obscure the meaning of January 6th. In this piece, I examine the different flavors of January 6th revisionism and explain why it matters. 🧵 donmoynihan.substack.com/p/little-big-l… January 6th revisionist flavor #1. Tone policing: it wasn’t an “insurrection” or a coup, or a mob, or terrorists, or a riot etc… Image
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Jan 12
Weird how "we just want to block obscure legal theories about race" morphed into "we want to exclude Black authors" and now "we want fewer Black teachers" FWIW the best evidence we have is that diversifying the teaching pool generates positive outcomes, especially when it comes to reducing gaps in student performance nber.org/system/files/w…
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Jan 12
Resulting headline something like: “Two-thirds of people oppose Critical Race Theory in Schools” Went looking for more context...and yeah, that's not great
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Jan 10
The nice thing about Rufo is that he is upfront about methods of the con game. “Anti-CRT” has gotten a little tarnished, so now it’s “transparency.” If pundits or reporters are posting about a new school transparency movement, be aware that this is who they are working for. Image This is what “transparency” mean in practice: another mechanism to undermine educators and put an ideologically-driven minority in charge of education
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Jan 6
I wrote about how the people who encouraged the Jan 6th insurrection are succeeding with a different strategy a year on: taking control of the machinery of elections. 🧵
donmoynihan.substack.com/p/a-year-on-th… I've been studying election administration on and off for almost two decades. The concerted attack we are seeing now on local election officials is new. 2/
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Jan 5
Interesting piece: I think the most obvious answer is that the expanded CTC is relatively new, most people have not benefited from it, and people don't really see it as a distinct post-pandemic program. Those things will change if the becomes permanent.
nytimes.com/2022/01/05/ups… There is a risk among the policy wonk community that we overestimate people's knowledge of the ins-and-outs of unfamiliar programs. As a result, the way questions are framed and demand effects (where subjects are providing an answer they think the poller is seeking) matter a lot
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Jan 4
New open-access from @pamela_herd, Julie Gerinza and I: we track the use of administrative burdens in the Trump era to make legal processes of immigration more onerous. 🧵@pmmg2018 @PMRA1991
academic.oup.com/ppmg/advance-a… Image We use the metaphor of Kafka's bureaucracy to reflect what immigration processes morphed into under Trump: confusing, arbitrary, and illogical. This anecdote we culled from @crampell's reporting demonstrates the impossible situations immigrants found themselves in. 2/ Image
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Jan 4
This is an example of what @victorerikray @pamela_herd & I describe as radicalized burdens.
When you understand that Wisconsin has the highest racial prison disparities in the country the effect of imposing financial barriers for former felons to vote becomes clear. In Wisconsin
*Black people constitute 6% of the population and 42% of the prison population
*Blacks are incarcerated 12 times the rate of whites, compared to a ratio of 5:1 for the rest of the US
*1 in 36 Black adults are in prison, highest rate in the US wpr.org/wisconsin-impr… Image
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Jan 3
The new smart contrarian take is telling people to shut up about the decline of US democracy, no-one cares bro. FWIW the US gets uniquely generous treatment from the rest of the world not just because it's powerful, but also because it's seen as a stable democracy. As that perception declines, so will a lot of other material benefits in the US.
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Dec 28, 2021
This is an incredible story of how a tax break aimed at small businesses is converted into a tax-free intergenerational wealth accumulation machine for Silicon Valley investors. Via @JesseDrucker @maureenmfarrell
nytimes.com/2021/12/28/bus… One takeaway here is that Congress passes tax laws without really understanding the long term costs b/c they do not anticipate how the tax avoidance industry will weaponize it Image
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Dec 26, 2021
Respectfully, I don't think liberals were the ones who made this choice. The idea that something is a "cultural identity marker" means that people attribute some non-instrumental symbolic value to it. Seems like the people who are willing to risk illness, death and the infection of others to do something are the ones more driven by cultural values.
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Dec 26, 2021
Dr. Oz has made his medical credentials the center of his political campaign for Senate. But he has trafficked in misinformation about COVID and other public health issues for years. Very damning review of his record. nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/… Oz knows that "Dr. Oz" is central to whatever political appeal he has. He flips out if he is not being called Dr.
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Dec 24, 2021
Heckman gives the impression that Denmark's welfare state does not reduce inequality, then in a casual aside at the end, acknowledges that it does but via solutions (wealth redistribution) he seems to dislike rather than his preferred approach of education. ImageImageImage Heckman is a great scholar, and I buy his underlying research that the more advantaged can benefit more from more generous public services. But this seems to argue for inequality-reducing policies that can't be gamed, rather than assuming there is nothing to learn from Denmark.
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Dec 23, 2021
Meghan McCain is blaming political ideology for her failures as View presenter, but her political ideology and famous name helped get her invited to the party in the first place, she can't have it both ways. ImageImage If I was Meghan McCain I would simply not write stories alleging that someone's career was based on favoritism.
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Dec 23, 2021
Started a substack this year (I know, I'm sorry) on the overarching theme of threats to governance.

Here were the three stories that drew the most interest and some reflections.

#1 discusses the bullshit/branding combo fueling educational gag orders: donmoynihan.substack.com/p/bullshit-bra… First observation: my most popular piece was about the culture wars! But my interest is how culture war politics affect governance, so I followed this up with a series of stories about how the anti-CRT movement is affecting school officials and leading to book bans. 2/
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Dec 19, 2021
This sounds remarkably definitive but also a much more radical position than the past where he raised concerns about specific pieces of BBB, but not the whole thing. Going from "we need a 10 year costs for the bill" or "work requirements for the CTC" to "no, I can't support anything" - on Fox - doesn't seem like a good-faith negotiation process.
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Dec 15, 2021
Biden just signed a new executive order aimed at improving people's experience of government. It includes a lot of significant changes for different agencies and programs.
@pamela_herd and I break it all down. 🧵 donmoynihan.substack.com/p/understandin… There are some big themes, and some specific policy changes. The most obvious starting point is that this is the most substantive governmentwide effort that is centrally focused on administrative burdens for members of the public. 2/ donmoynihan.substack.com/p/understandin…
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Dec 14, 2021
Thread of threads on the new Biden EO to share some different perspectives 1/ My colleague @SebJilke who has been working directly with the federal government looking for these kinds of solutions 🧵2/
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