Category Archive: Opinion

Jun 28 2014

The human cost of failed border policies

The first thing I saw was a boy crying. Terrified and sobbing against the window of the holding cell, he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13. The room was full of other young boys, their curious eyes peering out at us as we walked by. These were the ones who made the trip …

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Jun 21 2014

What democrats can learn from Cantor’s loss

David Brat, the man who unexpectedly defeated Eric Cantor in a recent Republican primary, is an ideologue. That should be a source of encouragement for candidates on the populist left — but not for the reasons you might think. Brat is a professor whose college chair is endowed with libertarian money and ran a campaign …

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Jun 14 2014

Free to eat whatever you want

My neighbor just left to spend the entire summer in Europe. He’s the guy with a highly restrictive diet I recently wrote about, with countless food intolerances that his “nutritionist” detected using dubious testing methods. I haven’t had the heart to tell him she’s a total quack. I think on some level, he wanted to …

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Jun 07 2014

Putting main street in the driver’s seat

As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven’t hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their “free market” ventures. So guess who’s the major force pushing policymakers to slash federal spending and kill programs that improve opportunities for regular …

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May 28 2014

Intolerance and the rise of fascism

Tolerance of differing views and opinions is the foundation of a free society.  Throughout history, elimination of opposition through the suppression of free speech has been one of the first steps taken by fascists determined to seize power in order to control a society. People who tolerate intolerance empower these fascists.  If you remain silent …

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May 24 2014

Scrimping on women’s pay

Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on the minimum wage earlier this month — no surprise there. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee was the only Republican who stood aside. But don’t believe the issue is dead. Democrats will make sure that raising the minimum wage and reducing income inequality will be hot topics all …

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May 17 2014

Get ready for more of the same

I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. But, as I said, it was brief. That’s …

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May 10 2014

When corporations get too big to tax: The drive to scrap the corporate income tax won’t stop at zero.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the government paid you on Tax Day? I’m not referring to getting a tax refund because you overpaid the federal government or a safety-net benefit labeled as a tax refund under the “Earned Income Tax Credit” rules. I mean an actual payment from the U.S. Treasury. Done laughing? Great. This …

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