March 1, 2019
Samuel C. Spitale
Continued from Part 2: Declining Wages. Or, Why the Poor Get Poorer
“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.” --Adam Smith
According to the Social Security Administration as of 2014, 51% o...
January 12, 2017
Continued from Part 8: The Powell Memorandum; Or, Profits over People
“If it were true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs.” -- Nick Hanauer, TED Talk
In Who Stole...
December 21, 2016
Continued from Part 1: Our Growing Inequality. It's Worse than You Think.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
July 1, 2016
Continued from Part 15: The Psychology of Ideology
“There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice, it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you...
June 29, 2016
Continued from Part 9: Trickle-Down, Voodoo, Reaganomics; Or B.S. by Any Other Name
“Fact is merely what enough people believe, and truth lies only in how fervently they believe it.”
--Charles P. Pierce, Idiot America.
In The Man Who Sold the World, William Kleinknecht wr...
June 28, 2016
Continued from Part 6: Our National Debt: From Tax Creeps to Tax Cuts
“In war, truth is the first casualty.” - Aeschylus
William Kleinknecht writes in The Man Who Sold the World, “Reagan proposed a $41.4 billion cut in the federal budget for 1982 that would include shar...
Continued from Part 5: Credit Debt. Or, The Only Way We Get By
“Taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.” –engraved on the IRS Building in Washington, D.C.
Starting in the 1970s, Americans experienced a tax bracket creep.
Washington journalist Thomas...
December 22, 2015
Continued from Part 13: The Lyin', the Rich, and the Brand Warfare
“This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.” --Rutherford Hayes
Top Corporate donors to co...
December 21, 2015
Continued from Part 12: Whistling Dixie: How Racism Found a New Tune
"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics." --Plutarch
As Ian Haney Lopez warned in Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism...
December 18, 2015
Continued from Part 11: The Myth of the Self-Made Man
"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." --Mahatma Ghandi
In Dog Whistle Politics, law professor Ian Haney Lopez explains the popular enthusiasm for policies injuring the middle class b...