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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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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‘Pro-life’ groups still not speaking up for pregnant workers

If you claim to be “pro-life” and yet you don’t support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, I have to conclude you are, at best, a sanctimonious hypocrite and not someone whose proclamations on “morality” are deserving of any attention or respect. And, also too, that you’re kind of a jerk. [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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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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