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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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Scenes from the class war

“The unemployment rate is still at a level which should cause politicians to panic. No one is panicking.” “If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth [since 1968], it would be over $16.50 an hour today. That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.” [Read More…]

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To truly be ‘pro-family,’ you have to be pro-worker

We have surrendered the necessary task of advocating on behalf of families to “pro-family” clerics and lobbyists who are more anti-modern than actually pro-family, meaning families do not now have any effective advocates for their interests. Even worse, these “pro-family” clerics and lobbyists have been pushing an anti-feminist, anti-woman agenda that winds up doing real harm to real families. [Read more…]

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