The far right’s latest ill-informed complaint about human services spending
–Raleigh’s News & Observer ran a “Point of View” column this past week by a staffer over at the state Republican Party annex known as the J.W. Pope Civitas Institute. According to the author, North Carolina social “safety net” spending is out of control. Here’s the gist of his flawed reasoning:
Consider the following basic difference between modern progressives and the market fundamentalist right.
For most progressives, the world is a complex and imperfect place in which humans struggle to address the problems that confront them – both individually and collectively. In this worldview, society makes use of public and private structures (government and the market) as part of an ongoing effort to build a better, freer, healthier, and fairer world.
State Ag Commissioner helps block real protections for farmworkers
As a general political rule, thereâ€™s nothing inherently wrong with compromise and incremental change. Compromise, after all, is embedded in the very DNA of the American system of checks and balances and incremental change is often the best that advocates for the poor and the marginalized can realistically expect â€“ especially when battling powerful vested interests.
Tuesday in Raleigh brought a scene that has become all too familiar. Television cameras trained on a defiant politician facing a scandal who refuses to talk openly with the media, instead repeating claims that appear to have little basis in reality. [Continue Reading...]