Category Archives: Income inequality

The GOP’s opposition to red tape does not seem to apply to their drive to make it more difficult for the young and the poor to vote

Andrew Sprung makes such a good point: The New York Times’ front-page review of efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to prevent “voter fraud” — i.e., voting by people who in the good old days would have failed to meet property … Continue reading

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Give this Wall Street protester a microphone !!!

Actually, Fox News did give him a microphone. But they didn’t air the interview. Can’t imagine why. (The New York Observer via Balloon Juice)

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The cost to a low-income family of having one child in high school band

According to my once-per-week housekeeper, Gloria — the single mother of one bright and hard-working kid who loves the clarinet and plays one in his high school marching band — during her son’s first year in the band she incurred these … Continue reading

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A famous Democrat once said . . . FDR on why widespread unemployment is a matter of highest national urgency

In his Fireside Chat of September 30, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: Those who say that our expenditures for Public Works and other means for recovery are a waste that we cannot afford, I answer that no country, however rich, … Continue reading

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Photo: Scary Wall Street protester — no wonder the NYPD needs mace and pepper spray

Apart from the fact that she’s allegedly 13 years old, who could arrest someone wearing that adorable hat?

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Working man to Wall Street protesters: Get off my bridge!

The Occupy Wall Street group — which portrays itself as representing 99% of Americans against the 1% who are wealthiest — closed down the Brooklyn Bridge for 2 1/2 hours yesterday, stranding 100 cars and leading to the arrest of … Continue reading

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Citizen videos: both cause and potential remedy for NYPD misconduct in pepper-spraying Wall Street protesters

James Fallows follows up on the NYPD officer who recently pepper-sprayed a peaceful Wall Street protester: To me it’s obvious that the abuse stories would have disappeared if not for the videos. Very much like the original Rodney King police-beating video, … Continue reading

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