Tag Archive: middle class

Jun 07

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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Dec 07

Thou Shalt Not Tolerate Inequality: By rejecting a “deified Market,” Pope Francis is protecting our societies — and souls.

Sometimes you don’t have to say anything “new” to make news. Consider the “apostolic exhortation” the Vatican recently released. This statement from Pope Francis, observers note, didn’t really break new theological ground. But the Pope’s exhortation, his first since he stepped onto the world stage, still made front page news the world over — and …

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Aug 16

The devil is in the taxes-My foolproof plan will rescue our society from the sleazy grasp of special-interest politics.

While pretty much everybody agrees that the U.S. tax code is a mess, nobody does anything about it. Oh, politicians talk about doing something, but mainly what they do is make it worse. There’s a reason for this. You. You’re the reason. People, alas, tend to be greedy and selfish and their attitude toward taxation …

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Jul 30

Depending on the kindness of strangers:The only sure result of Detroit’s bankruptcy is that armies of lawyers will make bales of money

  The other shoe finally dropped in Detroit. The once-proud city — variously known as “Motown,” “the Arsenal of Democracy,” and “the City of Champions” — filed for bankruptcy. There’s a local effort to head off the filing, but most people don’t think it will get anywhere. Detroit’s the largest American city ever to do …

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Jun 07

None of my business: We have a cockeyed view of poverty in America.

It was late, I was grumpy, and the woman in front of me was buying cigarettes. I noticed the items in her cart: brand-name snacks, colas, and frozen foods. I looked at how she dressed, considered the carton of cigarettes she requested, and made a wager to myself that she would pay with government assistance. …

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Mar 30

The plan to turn Medicare into 'We Don't Care'

Apparently, Rep. Paul Ryan missed the outcome of last November’s presidential election. Oh, wait — wasn’t he on the ballot in that election as Mitt Romney’s running mate? Well, yes, but less than five months later, the Wisconsin Republican seems to have forgotten that he and the Mittster were soundly rejected. Maybe the trauma of …

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Mar 05

Retail injustice

The Powers That Be say the bulk of America’s middle-class manufacturing jobs are gone and aren’t coming back. High tech jobs are being outsourced, as is an increasing share of the work historically handled by our accountants, lawyers, and some other professionals. Retail jobs at brick-and-mortar shops, however, can’t be exported. But wait, those aren’t …

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