Hunger and charity

Addressing hunger: Republicans say charity; Dems say government

If charity was the answer to our problems, then there would be no homelessness in America, no poverty in general. We would have a much better health care system and school systems that truly met the needs of children and society’s common good. But this is not the way that it is, much to the…

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Bernie Sanders is the new Teddy Roosevelt

Is Bernie Sanders channeling Teddy Roosevelt? Having recently re-watched Ken Burns’ in-depth biography, The Roosevelts, I am struck by the similarities—both in substance and in style. I started thinking about this comparison as I watched Burns’ old-time film snippets of Teddy Roosevelt—particularly those documenting him on the campaign stump. Roosevelt, known affectionately as TR, was…

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For Republicans, it may not be about being conservative

Surprise, surprise, those Republican candidates who drone on about Donald Trump not really being a conservative may be right. But the perplexing question for them becomes, “So what if Republican voters really don’t care about that?” Trump is popular, much more popular that any of the candidates pleading for conservative purity in their nominee. This…

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Survey: Who blames the poor for being poor?

In our recent poll* on how Americans feel about important political issues, we asked the question, “In your opinion, what is the primary reason why poor people in America are poor?” Given the choices, we found that only 9% of the 550 respondents said that the reason was because “They don’t work hard enough.”  …