I was recently reminded of the passing of Joe Bageant. Joe was an unusual sort, best known for a book called Deer Hunting with Jesus. Joe was raised poor, a working class southerner. At some point in his life he developed leftist leanings, went off and received a good education and became a magnificent writer. [...]
There are those among us who view virtually any sort of charitable activity as borderline socialism, slowly but surely destroying the fabric of our country by creating a dependent class. That this heartless, inhuman world view is almost too absurd for words almost goes without saying. The cruelty inherent in such a cold, black view [...]
Like most of my generation, I grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. It was drilled into my pointy little skull, so much so that I can still recite it if pressed to do so (and no, you can’t ask).
Then I went to the former Yugoslavia during the war there and learned [...]
Loomis: “No doubt the real solution for struggling school districts in New Jersey is to deny them money.”
Who could possibly have imagined that having parents who couldn’t afford vastly inflated college bills would adversely affect education outcomes in a radical way? If you’re wondering why the U.S. has far greater income inequality thatn other civilized nations – all of which grant greater aid to poorer college students – then start here.
Mother Jones, By Andy Kroll
Not even two weeks have passed since Democrat Elizabeth Warren rode a wave of grassroots support to victory in the US Senate race in Massachusetts, ousting Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Senator-elect Warren has not yet hired her staff. She has not yet moved into her Senate office. But the banking [...]
Huffington Post (Sun Sentinel), By Scott Travis, October 25
If you want to save money at Florida’s universities, you may soon have to choose biology over ballet or engineering over English.
A state task force created by Gov. Rick Scott has released its preliminary recommendations on how to revamp higher education. The proposals end the [...]
McClatchy, By Paula Horton
Four of Washington state’s Benton County’s top law enforcers joked and laughed while taking time Wednesday to read a book about police officers to preschoolers at Benton Franklin Head Start in Richland, but their visit was about a serious subject.The longtime cops and prosecutor spoke out about the lack of funding [...]
History teaches us many things and yet teaches us nothing:
Economists point out that the woes of the middle class are in large part a consequence of globalization and technological change. Culture may also play a role. In his recent book on the white working class, the libertarian writer Charles Murray blames the hollowed-out [...]
Why PBS cuts will hurt Republicans more than Democrats, but they hurt us all.