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Why are we giving corporate welfare to Amazon? (1/18/2018) - Isn't it funny that right-wing politicians across the country piously rant against giving a few bucks worth of jobless benefits to the needy, then turn around and shove billions of our tax dollars into corporate welfare for the greedy?
Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home? (1/16/2018) - Would you give your house key to a complete stranger, letting that person (whose name you don’t even know) walk right into your home when you’re not there?
What’s killing America’s middle class? (1/11/2018) - As the royal triumvirate of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell continue their perverse quest to turn our America into a gold-plated Trumplandistan for oligarchs, they keep insisting that their blatantly-elitist schemes will magically elevate the middle class and even the poor, delivering a 7-course-dinner to everyone!
How America’s middle class rose… and fell (1/9/2018) - From 1776 forward, the "common yeoman" – America's middle class – has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before the 1930s, most Americans were poor, or near poor.
AgriCULTURE outsiders tackle powerful agriBUSINESS (1/4/2018) - In the 1980s, when I was Texas Ag commissioner, my staff and I proposed a comprehensive set of state rules to protect farmworkers, public health, our water supplies, and farmers themselves from the life-threatening consequences of toxic pesticides.
Hard times (still) in the fields (1/2/2018) - Every decade or so, America's mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are still being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor. Stories run, the public is outraged (again), assorted officials pledge action, then... nothing changes.
Hard times (still) in the fields (1/2/2018) - Every decade or so, America's mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are still being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor.
Breakfast and beer (12/28/2017) - Let's talk about two daily essentials: Breakfast and, of course, beer.
Daddy’s philosophy (12/26/2017) - This special day got me to thinking about America's spirit of giving, and I don't mean this overdone business of Christmas gifts. I mean our true spirit of giving – giving of ourselves.
The essence and true value of real food (12/21/2017) - For most of us, food is not just fodder to get us through the day – it touches us emotionally, culturally... personally.
The virtues of the egalitarian internet (12/12/2017) - Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as "net neutrality," meaning the system doesn't care if you're a brand-name corporation or an unknown start-up, a billionaire or a poverty-wage laborer – you are entitled to equal treatment in sending or getting information on the worldwide web. However, corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit.
Why so many Americans hate Trump’s “Tax Reform” (12/7/2017) - The Trump tax plan is not selling well. Indeed, two-thirds of the American people oppose it, and only 16 percent believe it would reduce their tax bill.