Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class

Meet the kingpins, the enforcers, the illusionists, the con men, and the hitmen that are all working together to eradicate the middle class. Their unspoken goal is a two-class nation, with a heavily armed security force to quell resistance from the more outspoken members of the lower class. It may be somewhat of an unwitting…

The Scourge of Neoliberalism: Why the Democratic Party Is Failing the Poor

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Democrats began their rightward lurch in the late 1960’s, they were not content to merely broaden their coalition in order to quell the rise of the ultra-reactionary right; they have been concerned, also, with preventing left-wing insurgencies that could spook their patrons and push the party left. After Ronald Reagan’s decisive victories — first in 1980 against an incumbent…

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

Embed from Getty Images   In August, Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points. It was widely seen as a counter-argument to claims that poor people are “to blame” for bad decisions and a…

Why Do Poor People ‘Waste’ Money On Luxury Goods?

We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer belts and $2500 luxury handbags. I totally get that it’s horrible and illegal to profile people. But still #SMFH over a not-filthy-rich person spending $2,500 on a…

The Clintons Destroyed the Democratic Party

It all started in early 1993.  Recently elected President Bill Clinton rammed the North American Free Trade Agreement which the first President Bush had negotiated through the Senate ratification process and held Democrats feet to the fire to get enabling legislation passed in BOTH Democratically controlled houses of Congress. This was the first major “accomplishment”…

I dare you to read this and still feel good about tipping

  Three years ago, Jay Porter, a former restaurant owner who abolished tipping at his restaurant, made a powerful case against the practice, an industry standard in the United States. Everything at his establishment, he wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed for Slate, improved after he enforced a mandatory 18 percent service charge—the food, the service, the…

Hillary Clinton: The Neocon in Democrat’s Clothing

Chances are, the next Republican president will be a woman, and yes, her name will be Hillary Clinton. The next president of the United States will almost certainly be a Republican. No, not the one everyone in the media rejects, the buffoon named Donald Trump who stands no chance of shaking the hands of world…