Smart people saying smart things (8.14)

Richard Rohr explains his hermeneutic, which is about Jesus, not literalism; Kiese Laymon on “The Worst of White Folks;” Helaine Olen on the victim-blaming “tyranny of personal finance;” Erik Loomis on outsourcing slave-wages and poison; and Cheryl Overs on how dehumanizing sex workers dehumanizes us all. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (8.14)

House Republicans plan to double cuts to nutrition aid to $40 billion. Every year, 700,000 Americans go bankrupt due to medical bills. GOP plans to fight Obamacare by convincing everyone not to buy health insurance. Student loans as a Ponzi scheme. Walmart vs. jobs. The disease of viewing colleagues as nothing more than “costs” to be minimized. Two companies thriving by disproving the Walmart/McDonald’s model based on that disease. [Read more…]

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Raising minimum wage would create jobs

Felix Salmon: “A higher minimum wage would be good for employment. A $450 billion stimulus, delivered directly into the hands of the Americans most likely to spend it, can’t help but create jobs across the economy.” [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (7.30)

CEOs pay themselves 273 times what they pay their average workers. Teaching your kids how to fight slumlords. The invisible poor. Kicking seniors out of their homes. Steal from the boss, go to jail; steal from your workers and you won’t even have to pay them back. Does it matter if Paul Ryan hurts poor people because he hates them or if he hurts poor people because he doesn’t know any better? What happens to an 18-ton wall of used clothing? Cuts to SNAP asks every food bank to supply an additional 4 million meals every year. [Read more…]

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It’s corporations, not killer robots

The singularity has already happened. We’ve been slow to notice because we were worried about a technological singularity and what we got instead was a legal singularity. It wasn’t the rise of artificially intelligent machines, but of artificially intelligent legal entities. The corporations were created by humans. They were granted personhood by their human servants. They rebelled. They evolved. There are many copies. And they have a plan. [Read more…]

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McDonald’s own McBudget shows workers underpaid

Remember, this budget was designed for McDonald’s employees — designed by people who ought to know some such employees, or at least know where to find them. So the fact that McPay isn’t enough to cover the rent anywhere in America shouldn’t have been a mystery. [Read more…]

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When you meet someone who’s been told they don’t matter, give them a chance to matter

To be honest, in my case, it’s not always accurate. I often look for any chance I can find to escape from people like those Beck describes, to avoid having to listen to their stories, which tend to be frustratingly long and time-consuming, and I haven’t got a lot of time to spare. I have other things I have to do — important things, things that matter, and … Uh-oh. [Read more…]

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Why we know Walmart isn’t paying $12.40/hour

If those 74 million Americans were to get a raise of another $2.25/hour, they would spend that money. And they wouldn’t spend it at Macy’s. They would spend it at Walmart. A minimum-wage increase would be a huge revenue windfall, a sales bonanza for Walmart. [Read more…]

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