Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:56 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it.

The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor people. The sense in Midtown was that if they didn’t deserve to be poor, then, well, they were sort of naturally thrust into it as immigrants, as drug users, simply because they lived in a poor part of the city and it always would be. Kind of the natural ecology of the place.

 

Hah Hah: You Are Poor

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:15 pm

Thanks for reading this. I hope it distracted you briefly from the daily hunger pangs you face. If you don’t complain, we’ll allow you 30 minutes of TV tonight. Now back to work serf.

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm

The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.

Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.

One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.

Pigs: The More Wealth One Accumulates, the More Complicated Life Can Become

By: Friday June 20, 2014 4:42 pm

Don’t we all know it? The more wealth one accumulates, the more complicated life can become.

Luckily, if you’re among the 1 percent, you are not alone. Repeat that: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are people ready to help you with the complications of owning more than 99 percent of your fellow citizens.

One such resource in your time of need is Bessemer Trust, a “Private Client Wealth Management” company.

The Hyper-Wealthy Own Us (Literally)

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 8:03 am

Last year eight Americans — the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett — made more money than 3.6 million American minimum wage workers combined

Why the Richest Americans Don’t Care about Income Inequality

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 8:00 am

The same bill in Congress that would cut food stamps pays out farm subsidies to America’s billionaires, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Charles Schwab and S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 11:02 am

More and more states have revived the debtors prison, albeit in a specific form, locking people up for failure to pay court costs and fees. Like so many other things in America, shortfalls in budgets are made up not by raising taxes (or heaven forbid, fiscal prudence) but by new arrays of costs and fees paid by people in the criminal justice system. We are not referring to fine or penalty (ex. speeding ticket=$250) here, but to that thing the judges say on TV– “Guilty, with a fine of $300 and court costs. Next case please.”

Defending the 1%, the bottom 1%

By: Monday October 7, 2013 7:15 pm

I support the 1 percent.

It is time in the United States they become a part of our “radical revolution of values.”

I am talking of course of the bottom 1 percent of Americans who live on less than $2 a day.

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