If work is a responsibility, then work is also a right

Stephen Fincher seems to be confused about several things. He’s confused about how food stamps work, who they help, and why that help is needed. And he’s terribly, terribly confused about the context and the meaning of this passage from 2 Thessalonians and how it has been understood by centuries of Christian teaching. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war

The same old story from two more manufactured-home neighborhoods; lecturing the poor while cutting food stamps and Meals on Wheels; “deficit reduction” turns out to be job-reduction for 1.5 million Americans; taxpayers subsidize low wages at Walmart; Ben Bernanke reminds lucky rich kids that they’re lucky. [Read more…]

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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…]

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

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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

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…]

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