What I’m Reading

I’ve been distracted lately from local blogging by questions of macroeconomic policy, the odds of a double dip and the latest developments in the class war.

The Panic of 1873 and the Causes which Produced It

GAO audit of emergency assistance authorized by the Federal Reserve

Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

The Profession and the Crisis

What are you reading? Feel free to add your own links in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading”

  1. That registering the poor to vote comment is disgusting. Before you know it, only land owning white men will be allowed at the polls. These links are all great. Right now I’m reading about the biggest polluter in the US…wanna take a guess who it is? The Department of Defense!

    http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/responses/the-military-enterprise-as-global-polluter.html

    http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/2-us-department-of-defense-is-the-worst-polluter-on-the-planet/

    http://www.alternet.org/health/85186

    for the sake of brevity I only added three links. I was honestly surprised to read the DoD was the US’ biggest polluter, but I probably shouldn’t be. Keep up the great links!

  2. Also, after reading the link about the poor voting, I wanted to point out a little gem in the comment section:

    Wayward Son 1 week ago
    I’ve said all along we need LESS people voting. The conservatives should push for poll taxes (if you’re not willing or able to pay, then you probably are not willing or able to be informed enough to vote), increase the voting age to 21, no voting for anyone who has received government assistance in the past year, and no sufferage for anyone who cannot read. One person one vote is a recipe for political suicide and the Communist’s dream.

    …I’m literally at a loss for words.

  3. Thanks for the links!

    Yes, it’s amazing some people think that qualifying for unemployment benefits and/or food stamps means you should be disenfranchised just like a convicted felon.

    Now that I’ve approved your first comments, hollyhouse, you should be able to submit most comments instantaneously (more than a couple links will put them into moderation though).

  4. Nice! I myself have been on foodstamps. I was making less than 800 a month working at an elementary school in the special education room. Wiping butts, getting slapped, peed on, etc. I had a handful of hair ripped out of my head, my old boss was nearly stabbed with a screwdriver by a kid having a mental breakdown. We worked really hard and I still needed help, it’s not a crime to have a SNAP card. I was working three jobs at once (7 days a week) and when I was getting sick all the time from lack of sleep and overall stress, I had to cut back. People on assistance aren’t lazy. Some of the poorest folks are the hardest working ones I know.

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