GOP Candidate Refers To Whites As ‘Traditional’ Voters, Wants to ‘Divide and Conquer’ the Poor

Political candidates, especially some of our friends over on the far right, still haven’t received the memo that in this day and age, cameras are everywhere. No matter what you say, where you say it, or when you said it, chances are very good that someone will send footage of anything slightly dumb that comes […]

Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’

A Republican in Indiana has once again proven just how much disdain the GOP has for the poor by saying one of the most disgusting things about them that I’ve ever heard. During an online discussion about poverty, Republican John Johnston said of the poor, “no one has the guts to just let them wither and […]

The State of the Low Wage Workers

Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would not only help those who work minimum wage jobs, but will raise the standard of living for all low wage workers as compensation adjusts at the lower end of the pool. Which is probably why Fox News complains that fairer compensation is just soooo unpopular […]

Paul Ryan Wants Bagged Lunches of Republican Ideas

You may want to sit down for this one: I agree with Paul Ryan. If given the options and the means to make bagged lunches for my child every day or have her eat school cafeteria food, I would choose to bag them. Whoa! I can hear the booing and the hissing through my cheap […]

Republicans Love To Interfere With Business When They Can Screw Workers

When it comes to business relationships, Republicans like to trump out the rule of Non-Interference. Government shall not regulate nor involve itself in the affairs of private businesses because government is wasteful and toxic while businesses are efficient and profitable. But this rule is always trumped by the ultimate Republican rule: Never miss an opportunity […]

Fifty Years on the So-Called War on Poverty

Having just completed fifty years in the Lyndon B. Johnson War on Poverty, I do not see a lot of fanfare for this particular war. No country songs. No gripping 24/7 wall-to-wall patriot bombs. No graphs by CNN displaying the wonders of the Poverty Bomb on leveling economic inequality bunkers. This may be partly because […]

It’s Our Responsibility to End Psychological Warfare on the Poor

If human equality is to be forever averted—if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently—then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity. – 1984, George Orwell Let’s be frank: The Elite classes (The 1%) use any number of tools to remain the 1%. There are probably as many […]

In Defense of Heckling, But Not All Hecklers

Heckling-as-protest, like all forms of protest to an extent, is a very confrontational and bold call to change. Of all methods of non-violent protest*, it is one of the most confrontational. That is it’s power, it’s energy and for whatever it’s worth, it’s draw. When one uses heckling for such social reasons, one demands attention […]

A Pertinent Reminder: The Rich Are Neither Our Lords nor Saviors

A resurfacing meme on the interwebz from the Right Wing Culture is that poor people deserve to be poor. There are a lot of levels implicit in such a charge, including xenophobia, adopted self-hatred, unfamiliarity due to structural removal, propaganda, and an underlying belief that the Rich are worthy of not just being rich, but […]

Religious Right Politicians Don’t Take Jesus Seriously

When the House Agriculture Committee decided that they gradually need to cut costs to the farm bill by $40 billion, they decided that more than half of that should come out of the mouths of poor families. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) would be cut by over twenty billion dollars […]