hoop dreams

What the eagerness of college presidents to have Div I athletics has wrought: The following basketball teams comprise an actual, current college basketball conference (the Great West): Chicago State University, Houston Baptist “University”, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, University of Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley University.

class and the tax-cut debate

One of the (many) things that’s frustrating about the current debate over extending the Bush tax cuts is the meme that, well, 250 grand just isn’t what it used to be. Why, in some places it’s just enough to make ends meet! Media Matters carries an excellent take-down of an LA Times fluff story that makes that point. Useful, perhaps, as part of a class exercise on inequality in the US.

Update: Philip Cohen has an excellent breakdown of family budgets at median and “wealthy” points here.