David Rohde in Reuters on how Sandy exposed inequality The storm brought inequality to the surface in New York. Better-off residents could seek out hotels, drive away, and take work off. Others—the waiters, cashiers, service workers—remained in place until last minute. "There were residents like me who could invest all of their time and energy into protecting their families. And there were New Yorkers who could not."
Yonah Freemark and Lawrence J. Vale in The New York Times on the mortgage tax deduction Neither party wants to touch the tax deduction for mortgage interest, but "in truth, the mortgage interest tax deduction benefits the rich far more than middle-income families." Nearly $35 billion in housing aid goes to families with more than $200,000 in income. "Progressive politicians would do better to redirect the benefits we currently provide to America’s wealthiest homeowners to supporting housing for struggling and moderate-income families."
David Weigel in Slate on newspaper endorsements that glamorize the flip-flop At least 21 newspapers that endorsed Obama in '08 went Romney this year, and "half of these endorsements are couched in the hope that Romney hornswaggled Republican primary voters and will govern as a moderate." Flip-flopping accusations have cursed Romney his entire political career, but now, "these newspapers are convinced: The Real Mitt Romney is a moderate who got one over on conservative primary voters."