Resenting the poor (cont'd.)

Ed Kilgore notes that a vicious resentment of the working poor is fast becoming the central organizing principle for America’s right wing: The transformation is widely observable across the conservative landscape, with Republican fiscal proposals in the states and in Washington going after a host of other key support systems for the working poor with [Read More...]

Pulpit glurge and ghost stories

“Glurge” is not unique to church, but churches tend to cultivate their own native varieties of it. Skimming through Snopes’ Glurge Gallery reacquaints me with several familiar stories that I’ve heard many times over the years in church or at youth group campfires or retreats. Stories of angelic intervention like “26 Guards” weren’t common in [Read More...]

'It's not a lie if you believe it'

So says Seinfeld’s George Costanza. But whether or not he really believed that is hard to say. It’s often hard to say whether or not the speaker really believes what they’re saying when they’re saying something that isn’t true. Yesterday we discussed a currently circulating political falsehood, trying to discern whether it was repeated as [Read More...]

Is Rick Perry a 'sucker,' or was he just lying?

Here’s a good catch by Kevin Drum, by one of his readers in Iowa, and then by the Des Moines Register: “Rick Perry Gets Suckered by an Urban Legend.” From Kevin’s reader: I was at the Iowa State Fair today and caught Rick Perry’s speech. He started talking about this stupid new regulation that would [Read More...]

Witnessing tools and resentment

In a post last week — “You might be an evangelical …” — I touched on some of the esoterica of the evangelical subculture. Much of that post was inside-baseball, jargon and references some readers (maybe the luckier ones) found a bit bewildering. Such as this, for example: If you think the phrase “a witnessing [Read More...]

The greatest degeneration

I’m a big fan of these homefront propaganda posters produced by the U.S. government during World War II. There’s a peppy, can-do spirit about them. The posters convey what folks back then might have called “moxie.” And they presumed that the people reading them would share that spirit. The assumption was that Americans were full [Read More...]

'Stop kicking people when they're down'

If we want to reduce poverty, we have to stop doing the things that make people poor and keep them that way. Stop underpaying people for the jobs they do. Stop treating working people as potential criminals and let them have the right to organize for better wages and working conditions. Stop the institutional harassment [Read More...]

The tea party just cost you $322

The Tea Party just cost you $322. That’s the latest cost of their incoherent national tantrum — $100 billion in increased financing costs for which America gets nothing in return. That works out to $322 for every man, woman and child in the United States. So the Tea Party just cost you $322. They just [Read More...]


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