Smart people saying smart things

Mary Elizabeth Williams wonders if the Catholic bishops are “even trying to make sense on marriage equality;” the Woz says either tax corporations on income, like we do people, or tax people on profits, like we do corporations; Karl Smith calls for a helicopter drop; Lynne Stuart Parramore on the epidemic of wage theft — $19 billion a year; and Amy Davidson on Amanda Berry and Charles Ramsey. [Read more...]

Dives will always be with us — and so will selfish rich jackwagons who misquote the Bible

This is Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee. Or maybe it's the Sheriff of Nottingham. It's hard to tell them apart sometimes, what with their shared agenda of taking from the poor so they can plunder the public treasury.

Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought … and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the Lord against you, and you would incur guilt. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


Workers want to be treated as “human;” restaurants screw women of color on wages even more than they screw over white women, whom they screw over even more than they screw over their male workers; the ghetto is working as it was designed to work; anti-SNAP congressman collects huge farm subsidy from same legislation; companies refusing to hire the poor; no dessert until you finish your poison; and more. [Read more...]

Jubilee: Why Old Man Potter is bad for business in Bedford Falls


Old Man Potter collects that $3.3 billion in interest every year and only spends part of it on his household staff, limousine maintenance, imported cigars, etc. The rest of it just sits there in giant piles that Potter sometimes swims through Scrooge-McDuck-style, but otherwise doesn’t put to any productive use. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Warren Buffett on the shortcomings of gold; Adam Smith on the importance of paying high wages; Alisa Harris on the hatchet jobs written falsely accusing Kathryn Joyce of writing a hatchet job; the Rev. Phil Jackson on gun violence; and Steve Benen on Meals on Wheels, cancer treatment, Head Start and other things Congress doesn’t care about at all. [Read more...]

Money can’t buy happiness, but it does buy protection from certain forms of unhappiness

"The Worship of Mammon," by Evelyn De Morgan.

Here’s what we humans already knew and have known since before we started writing things down: Money is not sufficient for happiness. Money is necessary to avoid certain forms of unhappiness. It’s really not that complicated. It only appears complicated to those who: A) have enough money; and B) don’t have enough happiness. [Read more...]

Steal someone’s house, then write bad checks

Unless you're a bank.

An American story in three parts: 1) Four million families lose their homes due to improper foreclosures; 2) The banks get to keep the houses they improperly took, but they have to pay the families $300 to $500 each; 3) The banks’ checks bounce. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war


The class war continues and most people are not on the side that’s winning. Lots o’ links, including: Adorable child chimneysweeps for the plutocrat who has everything; $59 in 45 years; permanent inequality; ho-hum, another five years of mass unemployment; reverse incentives; lucky duckies on disability; lucky duckies on food stamps; and capitalist theories of atonement. [Read more...]