Poverty Is Not A Result Of Absence Of Religious Belief

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

I read Dispatches from the Culture Wars regularly. Ed Brayton is a witty and perceptive commentator with an excellent grasp of America’s constitutional foundations–but his greatest appeal (for me) comes from the fact that he monitors behaviors that I wouldn’t have the stomach to follow. He keeps tabs on the kooks of the far, far right (and sometimes the far, far […]

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San Antonio Mayor Calls Atheists “Broken” People

San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor

During a candidate forum earlier this month, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor explained to a crowd of people that poverty in her city was due in large part to people being “broken” because they had no “relationship with their Creator.” Following national outrage over her comments, Taylor doubled down on Facebook proclaiming her comments were edited. After posting the full 90 minute […]

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Trump May Mark 100 Days By Shutting Down the Government

government shutdown

The Trump administration will reach its much-discussed 100 day mark this Friday. The following day, the government may shut down. The reality of the situation serves as a microcosm for Trump’s entire administration thus far. At the center of the debate isn’t bitter partisan warfare threatening to shut down the government (as Republicans repeatedly used to undermine the basic operation of government to threaten the Obama […]

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Markets and Inequality: Capitalism Versus Corporatism

Capitalism Versus Corporatism

Those of us who believe in the efficacy of markets (a fundamental tenet of capitalism) must be prepared to accept a certain degree of inequality. Your invention of a better mousetrap will cause my older model to lose market share; your admirable work ethic will earn you a higher wage than my preference for taking long weekends. Theoretically, in a […]

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Road to Dystopia: And How About That Budget?

Donald Trump

Once upon a time, when self-righteous folks made speeches about their deep levels of concern about this or that issue, skeptical listeners would respond by telling the speaker to “put your money where your mouth is.” That rejoinder reflected a widely-held recognition that talk is cheap—that a person’s real priorities could only be determined by examining the level at which […]

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Republican Uses the Bible to Justify Denying Food Assistance

Jodey Arrington discussing SNAP

Offering a salient argument in favor of protecting separation of church and state, Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) argued during a House hearing this week that unemployed low-income citizens should not have access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). He used a cherry-picked Bible verse to support that argument saying, “The Scripture tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3-10, he says, ‘For even when we were with you […]

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Infrastructure: Getting From Here to There and Back

public transit

The age of driverless cars and trucks is rapidly approaching. Literally millions of Americans make their livings driving vehicles–trucks, Ubers, taxis, school buses…the list is long, and the consequences of those massive job losses will be severe and unprecedented. I have no policy prescriptions to offer that might mitigate that job loss disaster. But I do have a response to […]

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The GOP Budget: This Isn’t Who We Are – Is It?

The GOP Budget: This Isn’t Who We Are – Is It?

I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but America is in the midst of an identity crisis, and the identity that emerges will shape the future our children and grandchildren inhabit. Are we the people who inscribed “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on the Statue of Liberty? Or are we self-absorbed climbers seeking […]

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