Cathy Published on Thought Catalog on Urban Poverty

Young Voices Advocate Cathy Reisenwitz has been published on Thought Catalog. In her opinion piece This Is White Privilege, Cathy writes about how the state creates and exacerbates urban poverty:

Jesus said the poor would always be among us. But you know what doesn’t need to be among us? Licensure laws whose purpose is to prevent new employment in protected industries. Laws which require government-issued identification for legal employment. Housing policies which make housing artificially expensive. Laws against feeding hungry people without a permit. Minimum wage laws which increase unemployment. A war on drugs which incentivizes police to raid homes, confiscate cars and cash and shoot dogs while ignoring property and violent crime. A regressive payroll tax which takes 15% of every American’s income no matter how low it is, but excludes income over $113,700. Farm subsidies which benefit big agribusiness while subsidizing the food most likely to sicken us. Laws requiring Americans put food in our gas tanks, raising the cost of feeding ourselves. Trade tariffs which increase the price of imported goods. Monetary inflation which erodes wealth and savings. And “solutions” like government housing, which concentrate crime and poverty, exacerbating intergeneration destitution.

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Cathy Published on on Millennials’ Failure To Launch

Young Voices Advocate Cathy Reisenwitz has been published on In her opinion piece Millennials’ Failure To Launch Is A Function Of Poor U.S. Housing Policy‘ Cathy writes about the impact getting and keeping home prices high has on the ability of young people to move out:

Economic difficulty and artificially expensive rents and home prices keeps at least a third of Millennials from being able to afford moving out of their parents’ homes. Both the astronomical increase in housing prices and the continually delayed price reset are directly attributable to U.S. housing policy, as are the associated increased rents. Keeping home prices high helps mortgage lenders, real estate professionals, and people who already own their homes. But it hurts the Millennials who need help to be able to afford housing.

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Steve Forbes Tweeted Axel’s Chile Post

Well this is fun. Steve Forbes himself Tweeted out Young Voices Advocate Axel Kaiser’s first-ever post for Forbes, Is This The End Of The Chilean Economic Miracle?

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No doubt helped by that endorsement, the post has been shared on Facebook more than 15,000 times and Tweeted over 781 times just from the article. It’s also been reposted several times, including in the Chicago Tribune and PanAmerican Post.

As a result of this free market revolution, the Chilean economy boomed. In the last 35 years poverty has fallen from 50 percent to 11 percent, per-capita income has increased from 4.000 dollars to almost 20.000 dollars and inflation was reduced from over 250 percent per year to less than 7 percent per year. This remarkable record has been known as Chile’s ‘economic miracle’.

Key to the entire free-market transformation were the political institutions established in the Constitution of 1980, which despite several reforms in the last two decades continues to be the highest law of the country. Like the American Constitution, the Constitution of 1980 established a limited democracy. Its central aim was to secure economic liberty and private property so that the country would not fall prey again to collectivist tendencies that could threaten to destroy both the economy and the democratic institutions.

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