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.
Earlier this week while in East Harlem, New York, I stopped into a lunch spot around the time the kids were getting out of school. Four young women sat down near me to have a bite, too. On my way out, I stopped by their table and introduced myself. Then I asked them if they [...]
Alton Sterling has a child, and that child's life will never be the same. But if he is a child, especially a black child in the U.S. chances are violence was everywhere before his father was murdered.
There was something stirring in me as I saw the story of the Obama "selfie" at a state funeral. I try to put my finger on it, but it is evasive. I did not like it. Perhaps it's the joking quality of it. For a moment, before I knew where it had been taken, I [...]
Some say the problem with poverty is that too much money is given to the poor. Some say that too little is. Neither group is right. If the number the NY Post gives this week is correct, a half a million dollars does sound like a lot of money. The Post wanted to make the [...]
We spent a good deal of time with the news media yesterday, catching up on what the President, Romney, and our fellow New Yorkers and other public figures are doing. The prevailing stories of the day were whether or not Mitt Romney lied about how long he was at Bain Capital; whether the reputation of [...]
I've watched the GOP debates, including the latest, South Carolina. The practical and intellectual content is about as hot as a wet pickle. The content is smoke and mirrors: nothing about banking systems, foreclosures, justice, the dismantling of free speech via the National Defense Reauthorization Act, or the poverty that creates the need for the [...]
Yesterday my trainer made a comment that we the attendees are trying to better ourselves, as opposed to those "sitting home on welfare." It is interesting that so many people who consider themselves very egalitarian, who would never dream of insulting someone because of their skin color, will regularly bash the poor. I spoke to [...]
I've seen so much in the past year as a caseworker in rural New York to confirm my belief: the government and the banks seek to cement the poor into perpetual poverty. The sacrifice of 20% or so of the population is necessary so as to preserve the fear that motivates most of the rest [...]
Americans like believing that the solution to every social and economic problem is job training. Outsourcing? Job training. Economically depressed neighborhoods? Job training. Impoverished single mothers? You guessed it. We’re job training ourselves silly. We even have a bill in Congress called the Seniors Offering Quality Child Care Act, HR 335. Why should all those [...]