This week in OtherWords, Jo Comerford and Donald Kaul weigh in on the government’s reversal of sequester-driven cuts that inconvenienced air travelers as other budget woes hurt children, the elderly, and the unemployed.
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- The Internet Racket / Timothy Karr
Phone and cable providers are reaping obscene profit margins from their dominance of the Internet market.
- The Path We Should Follow after Syria Crosses the Red Line / Don Kraus
Working closely with the United Nations could help Obama avoid the horrendous mistakes Bush and Clinton made.
- Banking on the Poor / Andrew Korfhage
Payday borrowers are trapped in a spiral of revolving loans and compounding penalties.
- Useless Baggage / Jo Comerford
With their big fuss over aviation punctuality, lawmakers make it clear that they’re not feeling the pain felt by the majority of Americans.
- Flying Over an Act of Monumental Stupidity / Donald Kaul
The great victims of this sequester will be our children, the unemployed, the poor and the elderly — all groups with feeble lobbies or no lobbies at all.
- Austerity Will Leave Us Crying ’96 Tears’ / Sam Pizzigati
But America’s wealthy don’t seem to mind.
- A Parenting Priority / Jill Richardson
Even when the kids complain, you’re doing right by them when you cook dinner and eat together.
- Narco-State Building / Jim Hightower
After 11 years of U.S. military operations, Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s poppies and 75 percent of the planet’s heroin.
- The War on Sex / William A. Collins
Despite declines in teen pregnancy and abortion rates, some conservatives aren’t ready to celebrate.
- Obama and the Red Line / Khalil Bendib Cartoon
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