In my latest column for Fox News, I address attacks on President Obama’s taken-out-of-context remarks about the role of public infrastructure alongside individual effort in creating private sector success in America. I tell the story of my grandfather, a small business owner, and how he worked hard and also relied on public schools and roads and laws to build his business.
By grandfather was not rich, certainly not by today’s standards. But when Ronald Reagan was president, my grandfather paid almost 50% of his income in taxes to help make sure that good public schools and safe streets and the things we all need to succeed in America would be available for the next generation. Today, hedge fund managers and big business CEOs pay lower tax rates than middle class families. In fact, the tax rate for the very wealthy is the lowest it’s been in over 60 years.
That’s what this debate is about. Everyone agrees that hard work and entrepreneurship are key to business success. But government also plays a vital, supporting role. A generation ago, those who did well in America did their part, paying even more than the rest of us to ensure that infrastructure was available to the next generation. But today, those who are succeeding the most in our country are paying the least. It’s not right.
I hope you’ll read the rest of the essay here and share it widely.
In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, several commentators wrote artful letters to their black sons, warning of the reality of racial profiling and discrimination that still haunt us today. Subsequently, an either insanely ignorant or willfully obnoxious National Review columnist (now fired) named John Derbyshire wrote a letter to his two white children, spewing the sort of hateful stereotypes about black people that conservatives often hasten to argue are a part of America’s past, not present. As such, Mr. Derbyshire’s letter has nothing to do with actual black folks, but is a revealing warning about a certain subset of mostly white, mostly male conservatives who like to believe that racism and related injustices are merely myths concocted to disadvantage white people. I’d like to explain to my daughter, who is white, why this is a load of bullshit.
Read my full response at Colorlines and please, spread it around.
Lately, I’ve found myself having to explain why Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” is dramatically different from women themselves using the term in so-called “Slut Walks”. Somewhere between the complex answer of a dissertation on Critical Race Theory and the overly simple response of a one-fingered salute is the following:
You can download this PDF here.
On June 23, 2011, Van Jones and MoveOn.org launched a new force for change in America. I covered the launch event for the great website HyperVocal. Read my piece and share it around.
Time magazine's Richard Stengel has written a great piece asking whether the Constitution still matters in America (spoiler alert: YES!). I appeared on America's Live with Megyn Kelly (with fill-in host Shannon Bream) to defend the Constitution as a living, evolving document. Take a look and tell me your thoughts on the issue.
Upon learning that Glenn Beck will be “transitioning off” of his daily TV show on Fox News, I wrote a piece for ColorLines entitled, “5 Reasons To Miss Glenn Beck (and for Progressives To Learn From Him)”. Okay, there’s some sarcasm in there… but it’s mostly an honest assessment of what Beck does well. Yes, he’s crazy — but he may also be a crazy genius.
You’re gonna want to read this one:
Exactly how much does our federal government spend to fund National Public Radio? And how does that compare to other things we spend money on?
And how is the federal budget like a large, hairy dog?
Watch this latest video from political commentator Sally Kohn, learn something and then share it with everyone you know who either loves NPR or, for whatever reason, hates it.
In case you missed it, over 22,000 people (and counting) have “LIKED” my pro-union post on the FoxNews.com website. In fact, the piece was even on the front page of the Fox website for a few days.
Please click here to read the post and be sure to “LIKE”/Recommend the post via the link at the top and share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, good ol’ fashioned email, etc.
Also, I have just posted this link here so that all the people who keep posting negative comments about the Fox piece on my other posts on this site have a convenient repository for their eloquent critiques. So far, “You’re an idiot” is my favorite!
In case you missed it, Glenn Beck and others on the Right believe that protests for democracy in Egypt are really (a) being instigated by progressives in America and (b) aimed at creating an Islamic “caliphate” to control the planet. Seriously. No, seriously
Sally gets out her white board… er, in this case, a napkin… to correct Beck’s twisted interpretation of reality.
Please watch and please spread.
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