The Values Divide

The Values Divide

There’s a lot of talk about how polarized the country is today. Sometimes that polarization is more than about partisan politics — it’s about real differences in values. Take the House Republicans’ recent votes to deny food and health care to...
Bossing the Poor Around

Bossing the Poor Around

I spent a few months on food stamps this year. As a single woman in San Diego, I qualified for $70 a month — less than a dollar per meal. But I’m lucky and I’m unusual because many of my friends are farmers and gardeners and I know how to forage wild...
The Food Stamp Fracas

The Food Stamp Fracas

“Stop the moochers!” shouted a flock of GOP budget whackers in the House of Representatives. It was back in July, before they flapped away for their five-week long summer break. This was the battle cry of conservative House lawmakers as they ripped all...
Putting Government Waste on Auto-Pilot

Putting Government Waste on Auto-Pilot

Remember when the House rejected a trillion-dollar version of the Farm Bill nearly a month ago? I predicted the subsidy apologists would be back. Unfortunately, I was right. They struck with a stealth attack at about 8 p.m. one week after July Fourth. House Republican...
The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

The Tradeoff Between Apple and Apples

In May, Americans watched as Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company’s tax avoidance strategies before a Senate investigative panel. Prior to the hearing, Senate investigators released a report documenting Apple’s use of accounting gimmicks to shift $74...
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