Category Archives: Republican War on the Poor

Addressing Poverty

Government exists to perpetuate itself, by establishing and maintaining a certain kind of orderliness, and defending that orderliness against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That’s about it, for monarchies and dictatorships and theocracies and democracies and any other possible arrangement … Continue reading

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The Mercy Rule

“It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.” ~ George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London “You say you care about the poor? Tell me their names.” ~ Craig Greenfield Any midterm election … Continue reading

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Moral Backfilling

The political world stops a few days before Christmas. The House called it a year, having blocked as much legislation as possible and having passed next to nothing at all, and went home. The Senate, which had actually passed both … Continue reading

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A Long Time Coming

Some things just creep up on you, and then, suddenly, what you never expected has already happened, even if you should have expected it, because it – whatever has happened – was going to happen anyway. Suddenly you’re an old … Continue reading

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