Three reasons why Trump tax cut plan won’t reduce poverty

Thomas Hirschl, co-developer of the poverty risk calculator, an expert in income insecurity and professor of development sociology at Cornell University, says that President Trump’s proposed tax cuts will not reduce poverty. Bio: https://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/people/thomas-hirschl Hirschl says: “On April 25 President Trump set forth a proposal to cut taxes on corporations, individuals, and families. While the […]

Trump wall with Mexico provides illusion of a solution

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University says that the archaeological record is clear: President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexico-U.S. border offers only the illusion of security – just as similar walls have throughout history. Bio:   http://anthropology.cornell.edu/adam-smith Smith says: “Large-scale barrier walls established in antiquity were created in order to guard boundaries, […]

Trump-era shutdown surreal repeat of Carter-era standoff

David Bateman, an expert on Congress and the legislative process and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, explains how the possibility of a Trump-era government shutdown harkens back to the days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency – the last time a significant funding gap appeared under one party’s control. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/david-alexander-bateman Bateman says: “That we’re […]

Cornell faculty experts join March for Science April 22

Cornell faculty members will join thousands of their counterparts April 22 as they sound a call for supporting scientific research and evidence-based policies during an historic March for Science in Washington, D.C. The following Cornell experts are attending the march and are available for comment: Sarah Davidson Evanega: Science is the great giver Evanega is […]

Trump out of his league in meeting with Xi

The heads of the world’s two largest economies are scheduled to meet this weekend to face-off on a range of issues – from trade to North Korea’s provocations. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says Trump’s glaring inconsistent approach to China coupled with his lack of vision and […]

Sessions’ deception on Russia echoes Bill Clinton’s lies on Lewinsky

Richard Bensel, professor of government at Cornell University is an expert in American politics, parties and elections, says that Jeff Sessions’ dissimulation on Russia is akin to Bill Clinton’s lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky – and Congress should be mindful of that in its response.   Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/richard-f-bensel Bensel says: “Jeff Sessions stated in […]

Trump’s immigration ‘compromise’ ignores basic economics

Maria Lorena Cook, a professor of comparative labor at Cornell University’s ILR school and author of several books on labor movements in Latin America and unauthorized migration, argues the Trump administration’s immigration policy must include a legal pathway for millions of workers whose labor has become central to agriculture, construction, hospitality and services sectors. Cook […]

Consequences of destroying NAFTA

Gustavo Flores-Macias, professor of government at Cornell University and former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, is available to comment on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s trip to Mexico City to meet government officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto. This week, Flores-Macias penned this op-ed about […]

National Endowment for the Humanities: minute investment with massive impact

Timothy Murray is director of Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities and sits on the board of the National Humanities Alliance, as well as other national institutes for the advancement of humanities education. Murray says that cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities – currently under consideration by the Trump administration – will have a massive […]

Puzder’s withdrawal shows power of progressive advocates

Dania Rajendra, extension faculty at the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, says Puzder’s poor record as an employer and lobbyist alienated the vast majority of people in the U.S., including Trump voters. Rajendra says: “Puzder’s withdrawal shows the power of progressive advocates working together across issues – women’s rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, among others – in […]