#Occupy the trailer parks

Stimulus plan: Government-backed low-interest loans for manufactured home communities to allow homeowners to purchase the land beneath them. These people pay their rent, so they can afford the loan payments. When you own a not-so-mobile home but rent the land it sits on, you face the prospect of imminent upheaval, homelessness and the loss of [Read More…]

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Ross Douthat’s utopia exists, in Haiti

If only “the government” would get out of the way, then private charities could step in, step up, and fix all of our problems. This is not a serious suggestion, but it’s a popular one, perennially put forward by people who insist we should take them seriously. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat offers a [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: “Biblical Economic Justice: Supply and Demand Isn’t Enough“ The Bible itself provides ample examples of laws that modify the unbridled rights of property owners: we are commanded to leave the corners of our fields unharvested, and to harvest our crops but once. Any remaining produce becomes the property of the poor, [Read More…]

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Banks behaving badly

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.” — Mark Twain Reformed Broker: “Inside the Credit Card Robosigning Scandal“ Credit card accounts get charged-off when a customer falls several months behind on payment. The issuer then sends the [Read More…]

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Banks behaving badly

“Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.” — G.K. Chesterton Main Street’s Doug Foote reports that the Obama administration and banks are moving closer to a slap-on-the-wrist foreclosure-fraud settlement: There was talk over the past few months about a $25 billion settlement, which would help [Read More…]

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Dives and Abraham: Martin Luther King Jr. demolishes Mitt Romney’s talk of ‘envy’

The Rude Pundit points us to the sermon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at the National Cathedral in Washington on March 31, 1968, the final Sunday of King’s life. That sermon, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” includes an extended look at the parable of Lazarus and Dives. The character of “Dives” isn’t [Read More…]

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Mitt Romney and ‘the politics of envy’

Mitt Romney on NBC’s Today show: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you [Read More…]

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Empty seats and empty houses

“I’m not technically rich, but I do have a lot of [stuff] that I don’t need and I refuse to share with others.” — Maria Bamford I can tell you precisely when it was that I learned the true meaning of wealth. It was 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 1993. I was at Veterans [Read More…]

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