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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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…]

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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act tests the integrity of the pro-life movement

This legislation matters first of all because it would protect the rights of pregnant workers. But it also matters because it tests the integrity of the pro-life movement. So far, that movement is failing that test. [Read more…]

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