| Mar 6, 2014
Re "Rep. Ryan calls for cuts in anti-poverty programs," March 4
So Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) proposes to reduce college Pell grants and child-care and welfare assistance programs. Odd that I didn't see any proposal to tax at ordinary income rates the...
| Mar 5, 2014
President Obama unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that's more of a Democratic Party wish list than a realistic spending blueprint for a divided government. Higher taxes on the wealthy? Check. More spending on anti-poverty programs, research,...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 8:41 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the former Republican vice presidential nominee, launched an attack Monday on the nation's poverty programs, provoking an election-year confrontation with the White House amid a growing focus on income...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:14 AM
TALLAHASSEE --Because you asked for it (not really), here's the entire text of House Speaker Will Weatherford's session-opening speech:
Opening Day Speech - 2014
House Speaker Will Weatherford
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Remarks As Prepared
Welcome back to...
| Jan 24, 2014
Those no-good, dirty, rotten poor people. They lie, and they steal, and they spend our money.
Or so I've been told by readers since my last op-ed column, where I did the math proving that government benefits aren't generous enough to make people want to...
| Jan 25, 2014
Re "The GOP discovers inequality," Opinion, Jan. 22
The usually insightful Doyle McManus describes how Republicans have begun to shift their message, if not their actual practices, toward acknowledgment of the bitter harvest of inequality. At the same...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:40 PM
WASHINGTON — California's egg law survived a congressional effort to scramble it as key lawmakers from both parties announced an agreement Monday on a multiyear farm bill.
That means beginning next year, all eggs sold in California will have...
| 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...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:26 PM
LAS VEGAS — He's a painfully private entrepreneur with very public dreams for this city's decaying downtown core.
Around Sin City, giddy officials are heralding online shoe retailer Tony Hsieh as a visionary, the latest in a line of moneyed Las...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Short answer: Yes.
The question is posed by an exchange launched by Evan Soltas at Bloomberg View, and answered by Michael Wasser of the workers rights organization Jobs for Justice. Soltas has defended himself against Wasser's response, so this could...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 1:52 PM
The long-awaited Republican tax reform plan was released today by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich). It's being hailed as a breakthrough in putting real reform on the table, but also being instantly eulogized as dead-on-arrival in...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:41 PM
"The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance," released this week by Oxford University Press, chronicles the steep increase in ADHD diagnoses in the United States over the last two decades. The new book offers provocative...