The good folks over at Demos have given me an opportunity to write for their Policy Shop blog. So I will begin posting relevant things over there. Those things not relevant to their blog will of course keep coming here.
If you want to keep track of what I am writing here and there, I recommend you follow me on Twitter if you haven’t already. All of my posts here and there will go out on twitter, in addition to my various ramblings. You can also follow Demos’ twitter account, which appears to tweet out blog posts. Finally if you are like me and need an RSS link, the Demos blog has an RSS feed that is worth following. I’ve been following it for about a year now and basically all of their authors write interesting stuff.
My first post is about the manufactured hysteria over disability insurance, and is already up:
Always on the hunt for a safety net program to get rid of, the chattering classes have recently focused their sights on the country’s various disability insurance programs, the next frontier of welfare scare-mongering. Nicholas Kristof got the party started in the New York Times in December by relaying a series of second-hand anecdotes he had been fed about a mysterious underclass of rural Kentuckian welfare cheats. More recently, NPR published a long, winding report with the same basic message: disability claims are rising, it’s probably fraud of one sort or another, and it’s getting out of hand.