BBC - This World: America’s Poor Kids (720p HD) (6/3/13) (by outis101)
Connecticut Senate Candidate Linda McMahon: “47% Of The People Today Don’t Pay Any Taxes” (by toyotabedzrock)
Congressman Bill Young (R-FL) Tells Constituent to “Get a Job” in Response to Minimum Wage Question (by FCANactivists)
Libertarian: Accept That Poor People Will Die Because They’re Poor! (by SamSeder)
Child Poverty in Rich Countries: Report Card 10 (by UNICEFInnocenti)
The political debate — the broader debate between the two parties, not just the campaign between President Obama and Mitt Romney — has largely hinged on inequality. Republicans have defended high (and growing) levels of inequality as the just rewards accruing to hard work and genius, while Democrats have argued for a role for government in limiting inequality. For weeks, Romney has fused his party’s defense of inequality with a defense of his own personal wealth — any suggestion that Romney’s regressive policies are tinged by self-interest, he has charged, is an attack on success itself.
Yesterday, Romney took that argument in a different direction. He moved from defending inequality to defending inequality of opportunity. The occasion was Obama noting that he had not been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. This is a standard rhetorical gambit, evoking log cabins and hard cider, and one Obama (as Alec MacGillis points out) has been using since long before Romney emerged as his opponent. Romney took it as a personal affront, and issued this sharp rejoinder:
Limbaugh: Poor People “Have Only Themselves to Blame” (by MediaMattersMinute)
Listen to that hissing: The fuse is rapidly burning, warning us. Wake up before the rage explodes in your face. This firestorm is endangering America’s future. From forces outside, yes. But far more deadly, from deep within our collective psyche. We have lost our moral compass. We are self-destructing.