It hit me that the complaint from Conservatives about taxes is partly a complaint by them that their tax dollars are paying for the poor to live off their hard-earned money. Duh. For the longest time, I was thinking that the resistance against paying higher taxes was just because they want to hold onto more… Read More The Poor Be Damned!
What would America be like if it were run by a plain, old, middle or lower middle class president, and if the Congress wasn’t filled with millionaires? There is so much conversation about how we are a plutocracy and not a democracy at all – meaning that the wealthy are doing the controlling and the… Read More What If?
When I visited the Holy Land some years ago, I remember standing on what I guess was a plaza. In back of me was the Wailing Wall, where Jewish men (no women !!) were praying fervently; to my left was the Dome of the Rock, or the Temple Mount, built atop the earlier place where… Read More The Convenient Use and Disuse of God
Sometimes, what we want to be true and what actually is true do not intersect. What we want to believe in, in America, is that we live in a democracy – meaning, to most of us, that there is an ideal to which we adhere: that “all men are created equal,” and that they are… Read More Democracy Understood