Not a game

The 2018 supplemental poverty measure found that Social Security benefits kept more than 27 million people out of poverty last year and that refundable tax credits did the same for almost 8 million people. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, known as food stamps, also kept an estimated three million people from becoming poor. https://www.npr.org/2019/09/10/759512938/u-s-census-bureau-reports-poverty-rate-down-but-millions-still-poor

Pete.

Buttigeig invoked the man upstairs: “’If you believe that God is watching’ as humanity spews pollutants, ‘what do you think God thinks of that?’ he asked. ‘This is less and less about the planet as an abstract thing and more about specific people suffering specific harm because of what we’re doing right now. At least […]

Bad faith

A senior policy advisor in the Labor Department has resigned after he got a lot of pressure from the media over an antisemitic remark on Facebook. He said he was being sarcastic. “It was sarcastic criticism of the alt-right’s conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic positions,” Olson said in an interview. He declined to respond to other […]

No safe space in the middle

I’m taking Constitutional Law 2 this semester. The first week covered equal protection. As an introduction to equal protection questions based on race, we were assigned the Dred Scott decision. I hadn’t read it before, which is kind of surprising because I’m such a Civil War psycho. The holding in the case struck me hard. […]

I’m not the only one troubled by the Walsh crusade. “In that sense, Mr. Walsh is a cautionary tale. We live in a time of acute bitterness and acrimony, where people’s first (and second and third) impulse is to brutalize, insult, embarrass and demean those who hold different views. The purpose of language, as they […]

Gillibrand

She’s out. “Trump reacted to the news with sarcasm. ‘A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary,’ Trump tweeted. ‘I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!’” See what I mean? Trump is EXACTLY the same sense of humor as […]

It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t matter.

Deutsche Bank has the Chosen One’s tax returns and loan documents. Deutsche Bank told a federal appeals court on Tuesday that it was in possession of some tax returns sought by congressional subpoenas issued earlier this year to President Trump, his family and his businesses.In a letter to the United States Court of Appeals for […]