Hard Times Too Pervasive for Republicans to Ignore

Hard Times Too Pervasive for Republicans to Ignore

Must formerly rich people shed all their status symbols? It’s a widely held presumption, Darlena Cunha explained. “I had so internalized the message of what poor people should or should not have that I felt ashamed to be there, with that car,” she...
Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to...
3 Freaky April Fools’ Day Stories

3 Freaky April Fools’ Day Stories

On a recent morning, after checking news reports, I thought: What a freaky news day. Freaky Story No. 1: The Governor of Texas rarely has any ideas. But apparently one unexpectedly erupted from the usually dormant cluster of low-voltage brain cells in Rick...
Congress Finds the Key to Bipartisanship

Congress Finds the Key to Bipartisanship

You think bipartisan support is rare? Not when there’s cuts to poor people in there. The Farm Bill again cuts nutrition assistance And barely got any liberal resistance. More subsidies to support the Big Farmer Gets a signature from Barack...
This Conservative Fad Stinks

This Conservative Fad Stinks

Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader — except when it’s stupid. Stupid tenacity has afflicted several right-wing governors and lawmakers who grabbed hold of a bad idea that, in practice, has proven to be even worse than expected. The bad idea was to...
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