Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin

Tim Koechlin holds a PhD in economics. He is the Director of the International Studies Program at Vassar College, where he has an appointment in International Studies and Urban Studies. Professor Koechlin has taught and written about a variety of subjects including economic, political and racial inequality; globalization; macroeconomic policy, and urban political economy.

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"Racism has been an essential part of the Republican playbook for decades. Elected over and over as defenders of white working people’s “way of life,” the GOP has reliably used its political power to make its rich donors richer."(Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, August 03, 2018
Unholy Trinity: Trumpism, Racism and Profits
The Trump administration has been guided and energized by two defining projects: (1) the further enrichment of the 1% and (2) the vilification, disempowerment and dehumanization of people of color. Indeed, these are among the Trump Administration’s most important “accomplishments.” These two...
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Friday, July 20, 2018
"Hey! That's Not What I Didn't Mean": On What Trump Said in Helsinki
Like many of you, I was surprised to learn that President Trump's disastrous press conference in Helsinki earlier this week was all a misunderstanding! It turns out that the President left out one, single (albeit crucial) word: "not." What a close call! Actually, it turns out that this happens all...
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"The US economy doesn’t serve most of us because it is not designed to."(Photo: Common Dreams) Views
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Imagining an Economy That Serves the 99%
The United States is among the richest societies ever. But despite all of its productivity, all of its abundance, and all of its potential, the US economy does not adequately meet the needs of the human beings who give it life, rely on it, and live and die by it. We can do way, way better. To get...
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"If you defend appalling behavior (your own or that of others) in a “polite” tone of voice, you aren’t “civil.” You’re complicit. You’re an enabler. You’re full of sh-t." (Photo: @BusinessInsider/Twitter) Views
Friday, June 29, 2018
Uncivil Disobedience and the GOP’s Racist, Rapacious Agenda
A few thoughts on the “civility” of our political discourse. First off, if Donald Trump is the leader of your party, your accusations of incivility are as laughable as can be – like Sarah Palin accusing someone of being stupid, or Matthew McConaughey accusing someone of being vain. Secondly, if you...
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"Tax Policy Center (TPC) estimates that by 2027, when the changes to the tax code are fully phased, 53% of US households will pay higher taxes than they would have under current law."(J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Friday, December 22, 2017
Will Plunder Never Cease?
The GOP tax bill is an appalling piece of legislation, and just about everyone seems to know it. And yet 51 US Senators and 227 Representatives have voted for a bill that will hurt the majority of residents in every state, and virtually every congressional district. This tax bill will make the rich...
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Trump's Stock Market and Un-Shared American Prosperity
The right-wing spin machine lately has been making much of the “booming” stock market. Stuart Varney, a long-time Fox News and Fox Business bombasticator, declared recently that there has been a $5 trillion increase in “the nation’s wealth” since Trump’s election. Varney's audience—the idiotic...
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Rich Get Richer Still
The Trump tax proposal is appalling (if utterly unsurprising). It is immoral and it is bad economic policy. It will make the rich richer, and it will not promote economic growth. This tax plan is, in its essence, a further redistribution of income from the middle class and the poor to the very rich...
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
From Bad to Worse: The GOP Assault on the Nation's Health and Wellbeing
The US health care system is complicated, for sure. But in some essential and profoundly consequential ways, it’s not complicated at all. A few related truths about health care in the US: The US health care system is (and has long been) wildly inefficient, inequitable and ineffective. The depth of...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Donald Trump... Leaker-in-Chief?
Donald Trump and his associates have spent much of the past year deflecting questions about Trump’s stubborn refusal to release his taxes. What is Trump hiding? Embarrassing business relationships in Russia or elsewhere? Debts that might indicate conflicts of interest? Or maybe this billionaire’s...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
The Extremist Steve Bannon Must Resign
Senator Cory Booker Newark Office One Gateway Center 23rd Floor Newark, NJ 07102 Dear Senator Booker, I am resident of New Jersey, a progressive, and I vote. I am writing to express my alarm and dismay that Stephen Bannon occupies the role of President Trump’s “Chief Strategist.” Bannon is a racist...
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