| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.
| Apr 14, 2014
| 9:00 PM
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath," we are as concerned as ever with the subject of the increasing gap between the very rich and the other 99 percent of us. Due to our current Snapchat- and Twitter-sized...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:12 PM
My Sunday column comparing private philanthropy and government social programs has revived the old debate over who is more charitably inclined, conservatives or liberals?
Skipping to the last page of the story first, the answer is neither: As two MIT...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Yet almost every time elected...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 PM
SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous." "Laughable."
Also, you concur that this bird will never fly.
Not only would the plan need to...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:30 AM
America is not yet an oligarchy, but that's where Charles and David Koch and a few other billionaires are taking us.
American democracy used to depend on political parties that more or less represented most of us. Political scientists of the 1950s and...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." -- Rep. Paul Ryan
"You're facilitating the problem if...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:58 PM
I figured that teachers wouldn't let me off easy — even though my Saturday column took their side.
I wrote about the recent classroom scuffle between a teacher and student at Santa Monica High, defending the teacher and listing the forces that...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 8:21 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown, once perceived as a paragon of California liberalism, finds himself accused of disregarding California's impoverished at a time when President Obama is warning of the expanding inequality between rich and poor in...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 8:00 AM
MOSCOW — It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats...