Christians claim to believe in a Jesus who spent a great deal of time reaching out to, speaking out for, advocating on behalf of "the least of these." And when his followers don't follow suit... who can blame the onlookers for questioning the whole enterprise?
Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.
Responding to new statistics that prove the Big Apple is the poverty capital of America, Mayor Bloomberg praised inequality: "If we could get every billionaire around the world to move here, it would be a godsend."
Trickle-down economics is the first cousin of austerity economics. Austerity is nuts when so many millions are out of work. And as we've learned before, trickle-down is a fraud. Nothing ever trickles down.
It has always been difficult to find a genuine economist, even a conservative economist, who would buy into the theory that reducing taxes on the wealthy actually increases revenue. Because it is merely a theory, though, it was difficult to disprove -- until now.
No one is forcing us to follow the dictates of our own homegrown versions of Merkel, although there are plenty of them around, including in Congress, who are as adamant, powerful and potentially obstructive as she is.
President Reagan serves as a window into what often feels like two different Americas, with two distinctly different agendas. Here are excerpts from my conversation with his youngest son Ron Reagan -- he was candid, honest, and challenged his father in ways that only a son could do.
Those unconscionable, high-income protectionists have not trickled down crumbs to the rest of the nation. Instead, they have miserly parked their wealth in safe havens and invested overseas. To call the Republican economic plan a sham is an understatement.
Do we really want a president that refuses to take responsibility for the actions of a company for which he was CEO, President, Chairman and sole stockholder? And it doesn't stop with personal responsibility.