One of the problems with economics is that economists use complex words like “coefficient,” making a term like “Gini coefficient” unpopular before people even know what it means. If the term referred to some abstract number that people use to explain recessions it probably wouldn’t be worth explaining. This number, however, has been connected to fetal mortality and the likelihood that crazies will go shooting up our preschools, so it’s worth a little more than a dismissive glance.… [Read more]
The US House of Representatives voted to defund $40 billion dollars from the SNAP program of food assistance for the poorest of the poor. SNAP, better known as the food stamps assistance program, is claimed by some in the House to be a program steeped in fraud. That’s right — people are stealing a whopping $4.50 a day and some people are getting fat off food stamps, making them lazy.… [Read more]
For a while there, it looked like the culture wars had been put to bed, if not for good then for a lengthy slumber. Turns out it was for slightly longer than a cat nap. And whom do we have to thank for this latest wake-up call? None other than Ann Romney.
In a recent tweet, Mrs.… [Read more]
When Mitt Romney said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine,” I was outraged. Many other people were outraged too – poor and rich alike. There is quite obviously a gaping tear in the “safety net.”
When the politicians and talking heads began blaming President Obama for starting a “class war,” I was incensed.… [Read more]
…Open up the door, I’ll get it myself. Class warfare? Indeed… But not in the way it has been portrayed by the masters of spin. It’s about equity, equality, opportunities and a level playing field.
I don’t want nobody to give me nothing.
Open up the door…I’ll get it myself.
~ James Brown… [Read more]