Politicians love to extol the virtues and the values of hard work--in their stump speeches, press releases, and in debates. But how many of them are going to bat legislatively for those who work hard for a living?
Research indicates that if we want the so-called "47 percent" to succeed or fail on its merits -- a requirement from which Mr. Romney believes they are currently spared -- then the solution is more government assistance, not less.
Redistribution is an everyday occurrence and it is at the heart of the American political and capitalistic system.
I'm disgusted by loud, rich white men complaining about the meager "entitlements" received by the silent poor. Who exactly is "entitled" here?
The extreme polarization of the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue is a symptom of the failure to recognize that healthy dependency and healthy independence are inextricably intertwined.
From the start, Bain Capital had support from the government. We all built that. Just don't ever mention that in public.
Romney's numbers may be slipping, but Romney's people are still confident. There's just one thing he needs to get right back in it... ...
The version of personal responsibility which Romney espouses in these comments is one that is isolated, fearful and lacking in empathy. The version of personal responsibility that come from seeing interdependence is inclusive, courageous and deeply empathetic
Unlike the middle-class students disappointed in Clegg, or the undocumented workers disappointed in Obama, the super-rich get what they are promised from Republicans.
Kaapcke's self-excavation throws us into contact with this deep wellspring of art. That's why the work jumps to life.
He was eight-years-old, and the oldest of five little children when his father died of cancer. It was the Depression. With no other means of support, his mother baked bread and sold it to her neighbors in Buffalo.
After Romney's now infamous 47 Percent dinner party revelation, it's hard to believe that parts of the 47 Percent will still vote for him, and it's likely many of those individuals consider themselves to be 53 Percenters.
I have some thoughts about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's secretly recorded video. They are important thoughts. My thoughts are, I'll admit, eerily similar to some other people's thoughts you may have encountered -- but only up until a point.
It's this kind of thinking that allows Romney and Ryan to initiate such a reckless attack on Medicaid. If the people you're hurting with your policies are blameworthy -- irresponsible loafers and swindlers who think they're entitled to health care, food, housing -- then it's ok to punish them, right?
There is this myth of rugged individualism that comes from our nation's founding, except when our nation was founded it was made up of 99 percent poor, illiterate, desperate peasants, and one percent Founding Fathers.
The 47 percent is a myth. Due to arbitrary sanctions, agency errors, onerous application requirements, long waits to apply, failed communication systems, arduous work requirements and punishment within the system, low-income people do not receive much needed services.