Elizabeth Warren has introduced a new bill called the “Accountable Capitalism Act.”  Writing at Vox, Matthew Yglesias calls it “a plan to save capitalism” and says that it would redistribute trillions of dollars from rich executives and shareholders to the middle class — without costing a dime. Kevin Williamson, writing at National Review, calls it a plan to nationalize every major business in the United States of America and writes that Senator Warren’s proposal entails the wholesale expropriation of private… Read more

Last week, I wrote about Cardinal Cupich’s letter, which was woefully incomplete in addressing the issues at hand.  Today I’m taking it a step further, with a letter addressed to the Cardinal.  (Readers will recall that I live in the Chicago area, which is the reason for addressing him, not any particular reason to identify him as a culprit.) Dear Cardinal Cupich, Growing numbers of bishops are publishing their attempt at a letter to Catholics in the wake of the… Read more

At last!  Cardinal Cupich has released a statement:  “Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.” Here’s what it contains: A statement that the bishops as a whole will investigate McCarrick’s misdeeds, and add to their reporting system methods of reporting misconduct by bishops. A list of actions undertaken by the Catholic Church in America as a whole, starting in 2002, and by the Archdiocese of… Read more

They’ve issued a statement now.  It’s as trite and useless as you’d expect from a corporation, from bureaucrats, from a Hollywood celebrity hoping that some minor scandal will blow over soon enough and they’ll be able to resume business as usual.  But it’s not from any of these groups; it’s from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and it reads, in part: As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by… Read more

That’s the question, isn’t it? In the wake of the McCarrick scandal comes the grand jury’s report on sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, as summarized, for instance, by Bethany Mandel at Ricochet, and at the Catholic News Agency.  The report is devastating, with multiple instances of stomach-churning levels of abuse, and with bishops more interested in protecting the abusers than the abused.  Most notably, this is not all a matter of the past, and some long-dead bishop, but rather the current… Read more

There ought to be a metaphor here somewhere . . . but let’s start with the literal lice, which I had made it through nearly 18 years of parenting without encountering, until this past spring, when my middle son, who had just entered public high school and was eager to leave Catholic school hair length requirements behind and started growing out his hair, got lice from his friends at school. Yikes! We followed the instructions on the bottle.  We did… Read more

Here’s an AP report in the Sunday Chicago Tribune:  “Palestinian-American candidate is source of West Bank pride.”  The article features Rashida Tlaib, a progressive candidate who just won an open primary in Detroit. The story would be an interesting one without the immigration angle, as Tlaib, a 42 year old former state representative generated excitement and cash (over one million in donations, far outraising her five opponents) to defeat the favored, and establishment/union-endorsed Brenda Jones, Detroit city council president, in… Read more

Regular readers will know that I have more ideas than I do patience for digging out the relevant links to document my claim. But here is my complaint: I dislike the idea of “institutional sin” – that is, the concept that sinfulness can reside in bureaucratic structures. And I dislike it because it exempts those who ought to bear responsibility, from genuinely taking responsibility. And we’re seeing it again with the U.S. bishops, with respect to the twin scandals of… Read more

The White House is, reportedly, based on the usual anonymous sources, about to publish, via the usual measures of such, a re-definition of what it means to be a “public charge” in such a way as to prevent immigrants who meet the new, more encompassing definition, from being able to move from temporary to permanent residency or from permanent residency to citizenship.  Here’s NBC News’ reporting: The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would… Read more

Financial literacy — that’s the new watchword.  How can we expect people to save — for retirement, for a rainy day — if they don’t understand, fundamentally, how finances work.  How does interest work?  What’s inflation all about?  How would one even begin to start investing?  With respect to the first two of these items, I’ve generally had the sense that people might know how these terms are defined but don’t have a feel for what they really mean in… Read more

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