Economic Issues

Hollow Populism

Hollow Populism

McKean County, Pennsylvania: I’ve been visiting this place since I was a kid. It’s quiet, with good hunting. Next to the Allegheny River, near the northern border of the state, it’s removed from pretty much everything. There’s a college town about 25 miles away, but in the winter, the mountain roads are often impassable. As a young boy, I found

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Women are equal. Period.

Women are equal. Period.

You’ve heard the statistics: 40% of women are the primary breadwinners of their home, if women got paid equally as men the US economy would double, etc. These statistics are irrelevant. Women don’t deserve equal opportunity because “it’s good for our economy” or “good for their children” or “good for their family.” A woman’s value isn’t dependent on her relationship

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Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Many explanations have been offered for the current political situation. How do Republicans control Congress when more votes are cast for Democratic congresspersons? Gerrymandering and vote suppression. How did Trump win so much support despite disadvantages that would have disqualified any previous candidate? White, working-class, tribalist anger over minority progress, stoked by Russian fake news. But how do the rich,

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Not Fair

Not Fair

When I was about six years old, I was visiting with my grandmother.  She was driving one of her out of proportionally large Cadillacs.  Miles away, in the front passenger seat, sinking in the overly plush leather upholstery, I gazed out the window.  I don't recall whether a conversation or something I saw outside prompted me, but I was protesting,

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Black Eye Economics

Black Eye Economics

Black Friday…that wonderful American tradition when we show the rest of the world how prosperous our nation is by diving down shopping aisles, rioting in malls, and fighting over one available television to save money. When the Soviets did it for bread in the 70s and 80s, our nation ridiculed them, but since we do it for consumer electronics it

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The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

As the GOP tax bill vote looms ahead in the Senate—they could vote as early as Thursday or Friday—it’s imperative to understand which groups the proposed plan protects and which ones it would hurt, and how. In short, the tax plan would benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while devastating our most vulnerable populations: low-income families, women, children, the disabled

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A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 5

A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 5

Chapter 5 Christmas Renewed Although Scrooge had not slept a wink and had traveled great distances since the ringing of one bell, he found himself possessed of a vigor he had not experienced since his childhood. Bright light streamed through the window, and he grabbed for his telephone, quite uncaring of the hour or the past. “Quickly,” he tweeted, “what

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A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 4

A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 4

Chapter Four The Final Spirit   Ebenezer Trump had no sooner returned to his bedchamber, cap snugged tightly over his irreverent hair, under which thoughts of Tiny Mike Pence Sanders whirled a-gog, as though dancing to a fiddler filled with frenzy when a single skeletal hand penetrated the curtain surrounding its bed. So unexpected this was, and so terrifying, the

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Toto, We’re All Going to Kansas: Trump and Ryan’s Dangerous Tax Folly

Toto, We’re All Going to Kansas: Trump and Ryan’s Dangerous Tax Folly

In 2012, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback started a grand experiment designed to forever prove the supremacy of Conservative “trickle-down” economics.  Huge tax cuts, especially for large businesses and rich people were supposed to spur growth and wealth was supposed to flow downhill.  Well, as we all know it’s not wealth that flows downhill. In 2016, years after Kansas had been

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Define Homelessness

Define Homelessness

Imagine you get a call. Your mom had a heart attack and she's on the way to the hospital. You get in your car but your thoughts are racing. The spells. She's been saying she was having spells. For months. Dizzy spells. You asked her to see a doctor. She promised she would. But did she? You never thought she

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Make the Economy Great Again

Make the Economy Great Again

#MAGA - We all know the hashtag. Depending on your ideological leanings, it's either a clarion call to a silent majority of true American patriots, or a dog whistle designed to prick up the ears of those who never quite left our country's racist past. It's divisive for sure, but believe it or not, it can be used to discuss

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While We’re All Busy Watching The Trump Show, Wall Street Is Quietly Robbing Our Country Blind

While We’re All Busy Watching The Trump Show, Wall Street Is Quietly Robbing Our Country Blind

   Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to Wall Street in twenty years. …This is because since the moment he took the oath of office, no one has so much as uttered a word about Wall Street. And much like Tyler Durden in Fight Club, Wall Street LOVES when no one is talking about it. (Also much like Tyler Durden Wall Street has an army of automatons wreaking mayhem throughout the land while those tasked with policing them are either incompetent,

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