Archive for October, 2008

The Christian Right, the Lies, and How Many Days?

October 27th, 2008

The Christian Right Killed the Republican Party is my latest piece on the Huffington Post, and I have to say that so far the responses have surprised me.  I was expecting to get at least a few hate letters — or some prayers for my unrepentant, un-Christian soul — but no.  The readers on HuffPo [...]

Poverty Series Conclusion: Lamps, Logic, & Golden Doors

October 20th, 2008

There is so much more I could write about poverty and the underclass in America, but there comes a point of saturation. It’s not my point, necessarily, but much of the public’s. I have never run out of words or passion when it comes to social issues, education, women, children, crime, class, or any of [...]

Poverty Series IV: In the Land of Plenty, A Sicker, Poorer Population

October 18th, 2008

Few would argue that there is not a health care crisis in America.  We now rank 29th in infant mortality, behind countries such as Cuba, Slovakia, and Hungary.   Since 2000, according to a study by the non-partisan Kaiser Foundation, the average worker contribution for a family health insurance policy has increased 107%.   Over 45 million [...]

Poverty Series III: The Numbers Lie & Myths Abound

October 12th, 2008

Eileen F. had an idyllic middle-class upbringing.  Reared by two loving parents, both professionals in their fields, she attended Ivy League schools and went on to become a teacher.  Now 58 years old and partially disabled, Eileen struggles to pay the $700 per month rent on her small cabin in upstate New York.  [...]