Greg Marx

Greg Marx worked as a staff reporter for Remapping Debate in 2010-2011. A native of New Jersey, Greg started his journalism career in the Jersey suburbs, working as a reporter and editor for several community newspapers. He later studied political journalism at Columbia University and went on to work as an assistant editor for the Columbia Journalism Review. Send him tips and story suggestions by using the email address above.
Original Reporting | By Greg Marx | Markets, Regulation
In the fallout from the financial crisis, the Securities and Exchange Commission has frequently been criticized for its failure to take on some of the country’s largest commercial entities. Now, some investor advocates are raising another concern: that, even as much of the work of reforming financial regulation remains incomplete, the commission may be laying the groundwork for efforts to lift regulations and weaken investor protections that apply to smaller and more closely-held companies. More
Press Criticism | By Greg Marx | Health care
The story explored how the latest Republican proposal to privatize Medicare might affect the 2012 campaign, but failed to describe how the plan would work, or what its substantive impact would be. As such, it did not succeed even at the level of horse race analysis. It's enough to make you wonder: Who is this stuff written for, anyway? More
Original Reporting | By Greg Marx | Education
In the wake of a high-profile Harvard report, vocational education — or as it is now generally known, career and technical education — is back on the policy agenda. But much of the debate about “the new vo-tech” assumes that American students can’t be prepared to start careers at the age of 18. What’s behind the idea that post-secondary education is essential for today’s workplace? And what might a model that didn’t depend on it look like? More
Press Criticism | By Greg Marx | Economy
A front-page article in The New York Times chronicled various burdens weighing on the American economy, including debt problems in Europe, budget crises in the states, the risk of a government shutdown, a soft housing market, and, most recently, rising oil prices. But the story omitted a critical factor: the failure of past and present policy-makers to address those challenges. As a result, the story painted a picture of the economy that is grimmer than it needs to be — and let political leaders off the hook. More
Original Reporting | By Greg Marx | Economy, Education, Income inequality
As policy-makers grope for strategies to deliver broadly shared economic prosperity, calls for increased education are more insistent than ever. But a closer look at the actual experience of American workers suggests the message often implied by what might be called “the education answer” — that vast quantities of good-paying jobs are waiting to be created in new, scientific-sounding industries, and that a bachelor’s degree is the key to landing one of them — is woefully incomplete. More
Press Criticism | By Greg Marx | Budget deficit, Media, Politics
A recent Gallup survey about federal spending offered respondents a constrained set of choices — freeze or cut — and the results were promptly parsed in the press to determine who has the upper hand in the coming budget fight. But there is ample evidence that Americans support the vast majority of federal spending — and that talk while deficit worry may be consuming the Beltway, those preferences among the broader public haven’t changed. More
Original Reporting | By Greg Marx | Markets, Politics
Last week’s proposal from a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives to slash federal spending by more than $2 trillion over 10 years includes a proposal to cut back funding for applied research at the Department of Energy by $1.27 billion annually — a move that could strip away federal funds for research on an array of energy-related projects, and potentially make it harder for new technologies to reach the marketplace. More
Original Reporting | By Greg Marx | Economy
Over the last generation, American economic life has witnessed a pair of parallel transformations: on one hand, greater pressure on both parents to work full-time more in order to provide a “middle-class” life for their families; on the other, a reshaping of the rules governing the economy often justified by free market principles. So Remapping Debate recently spoke with a range of right-leaning policy thinkers to ask about the economic pressures facing families: Did they agree that the “two-income trap” was real? If so, what had caused it? And what, if anything, could be done about it? Here’s what they had to say. More