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

When 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”…