Weekend Reading List

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For this weekend’s reading list, we have reports on how immigration does not reduce wages for US-born workers, increasing the minimum wages does not reduce jobs, charter schools cherry-pick their students, the CIA used extraordinary rendition to torture terrorism suspects, and why we are charged so much for medical care in the US.


Immigration and Wages – an overview of studies regarding the impact of immigration on wages, finding that immigration modestly increases wages for US-born workers while mildly decreasing the wages of other foreign-born workers.

Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect of Employment? – an overview of the vast array of research on the minimum wage, which shows that modest increases have essentially no net effect on employment, contrary to conservative claims that raising the minimum wage will cost jobs.

Class Struggle – a report on how many charter schools use entrance exams, a refusal to provide subsidized lunches, writing requirements, lengthy parent questionnaires, and other significant barriers to cherry-pick the students they allow in.

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition – a comprehensive report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 program of extraordinary rendition, which sent at least 136 people to foreign governments to be interrogated through torture.

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us – an in-depth investigation of why we are charged so much for medical care in the US.  For a take on how the article misses the boat when it comes to discussing solutions, see this article.

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