Yearly Archives: 2017

Pro-soda group’s “concern” for poor is bull-doo

So now, are we to believe that the pro-soda, pro-diabetes, pro-obesity lobby is coming to the defense of the poor in the United States? If the anti-soda tax people cared, they'd get behind a Universal Basic Income.

FDR’s Freedom from Want: Time to Remember

- Photo by John Simoes (jsfotographic.tumblr.com) - FDR despised soup kitchens and bread lines and thought them to be shameful evidence of our failure to create income distribution policies for our people.

By |2018-01-06T13:04:05+00:00December 27th, 2017|Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|0 Comments

The Christmas Basket (A conversation starter for your post-holiday hangover)

To say the chosen families needed the help more than the others was to advertise that they were particularly destitute, since everyone in room was poor, including by the way the teachers, who made about $12 an hour.

By |2018-02-11T13:59:39+00:00November 19th, 2017|Poverty and income, Universal Basic Income, Women|0 Comments

Marco Rubio’s pre-Thanksgiving hypocrisy on helping “working families.”

In Rubio's Florida, for example, the maximum monthly welfare payment for a family is $303, even though a federal poverty line income is about $1500 a month for a family of three. That's some lifestyle.

By |2018-10-11T20:14:27+00:00November 12th, 2017|Politicians, all types, Poverty and income|0 Comments

All Tricks, No Treats: A Nation (Un)Committed to Children

It may seem anti-social to smother the baby you birthed, but for a teenager schooled in the values of American society, maybe not so much. Tiona Rodriguez, who was 17 at the time, may have needed some more adult direction to keep from going shopping and shoplifting right after birthing a baby and killing it. [...]

By |2017-11-12T12:40:04+00:00November 7th, 2017|Poverty and income, Stupid politicians|0 Comments

Creation vs. Consumption

There is something very satisfying about saving a piece of old furniture. I think of the people who have sat on it, or at it, maybe talking out a problem not different from the problems I have; or maybe they planned a birthday party, or a trip, or how they'd make the rent on a [...]