Opinion

15 years after welfare “deform”

Aided by a Republican Congress and bitterly divided Democratic Party, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.

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Third World Mississippi shows failure of conservative policies

Mississippi, dominated by conservative politicians, has health care, income and economic disparities that embody the worst of the nation's ills.

A modest essay on extraordinary paychecks

Every fourteen minutes in 2009, hedge fund manager David Tepper made President Obama's annual salary.

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Save the children: Tax the rich

The way out of this crisis is to stop blaming the victims and to make the wealthy culprits pay. It is irresponsible and immoral not to do so.

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What happened to the War on Poverty?

With the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and the passing of Sargent Shriver, a foot soldier in the War on Poverty, recently, I have been reading about the early 1960s and listening to speeches by King and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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"The Company Men": It's tough for bosses

The story of a laid-off worker would have made a much better movie than this one,  about three executives dealing with unemployment.

Does money buy happiness?

Money does NOT buy happiness, according to a recent scientific study. Well, you could have fooled me.

Recession slams Black and Latino families

Newly released data reveals that racially-based economic inequalities may be at their worst levels since the 1990s.

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Germans take note of wealth gap in America

The days when Europeans believed that in America the streets are paved with gold are long over.

How capitalist health care lets women die

The United States ranks 41st in maternal mortality. Between 1987 and 2006, the U.S. rate doubled, from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 births to 13.3 deaths.

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