Tag Archives: the concentration of wealth

Paul Ryan justifies lower taxes on America’s most wealthy by reminding us that, contrary to what we might think, the Bangles are no longer culturally relevant

This week, the Republicans are supposed to be sharing the long-awaited details of their tax reform plan, which, according to those in the know, will likely be ‘a massive windfall’ for Americans most wealthy. And, in advance of the announcement, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has apparently been given the task of convincing us […]

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City Manager Ralph Lange indicates that Ypsilanti is moving toward a hybrid police/fire scheme in which public safety officers will be expected to fight fires, save lives, pursue suspects and dispense lethal force

It would seem that Ralph Lange, our new city manager, has made up his mind that we should merge Ypsilanti’s Police and Fire departments in hopes of further delaying landfall of the category-five fiscal storm gathering on the horizon. He’s admittedly in a tough spot, and I’m sympathetic. He’s trying to radically cut spending, in […]

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I’d love to see Bernie Sanders in the next Presidential debates

Every few days, I come across a quote from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders that I feel compelled to share. For the most part, I’m able to restrain myself. But, every once in a while, there’s something that I just can’t hold back. Today, it’s footage from the Daily Show, where Sanders appeared yesterday, promoting his […]

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Plutocracy in America

The Nation just ran a good piece on American Plutocracy. Plutocracy, for those of you who don’t know, is a political system in which those with wealth rule. Under such a system, opportunities for social mobility are limited, and there’s an enormous disparity between those with money (and power) and those without it. Of particular […]

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Tina Fey unveils the Sarah Palin Network on SNL

I was planning to write something really ambitious tonight, deftly weaving together the growing threat of Plutocracy, the push to see Elizabeth Warren on the Supreme Court, and Andrew WK’s juvenile record for stocking via the arts, but I stumbled across this footage of the adorable Tina Fey pretending to be Sarah Palin, and decided […]

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