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Celebrating Thank$giving

by Ariel Robinson | December 1 2014

Will you be celebrating Thank$giving this year? Thanksgiving Day: A national holiday to celebrate our good fortune in being Americans, the Pilgrims’ good fortunate in meeting the ever-so-generous “Indians,” and the Indians’… well… never mind about that part. Regardless, at Thanksgiving, we sit ‘round the table, thankful for family and…


Congressional Republicans and the Myth of the “Mandate”

by Jessica Biggs | November 22 2014

Clinton pin from In 1994, after Republicans gained control in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, then House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich called the night the beginning of the “Republican revolution”. When Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency in…


There Are No Welfare Queens, There Are Only Welfare Addicts

by Max Hammerfeld | November 4 2014

For three decades now, many conservatives have been propagating—both overtly and subtextually—the myth of the Welfare Queens. In everyday conversations with my fellow conservatives, I see an unmistakable bitterness toward the people who receive our tax money through various government programs, which include cash benefits, food stamps, and now the…


West Virginia’s Water Crisis Shows How Red Tape Regulation Discourages Self-Regulation

by Max Hammerfeld | November 4 2014

Among two good friends of mine from college, each has a neurological condition that makes driving dangerous. One has epilepsy, which makes it hard for him to get a driver’s license because government regulations on epilepsy and driving are strict. In his state, a person with epilepsy must go six…


New Hampshire, Smarm, Stakeholder Activism, and the Upper Crust of the Yuppie Quiche

by Max Hammerfeld | November 4 2014

Former Senator Scott Brown (R) is calling the “People’s Pledge” being pushed on him by his opponent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire “self-serving and hypocritical.” This pledge would penalize the two candidates for outside spending in the New Hampshire race and is similar…


Actually, Yes, a George Washington Bridge Corporation Would Have Been Better

by Max Hammerfeld | November 4 2014

ThinkProgress—known here at Zero Warehouse as “the crumb dumpster of the Center for American Progress”—wrote this piece about sociopaths and politics early in the timeline of the Christie scandal. Zack Beauchamp, the suspendered avenger*, saw the bridge scandal as an opportunity to string together some comments by various…


The problem with the minimum wage (and voted increases)

by Matthew Thomas | October 28 2014

As we roll forward toward the midterm election, the topic of minimum wage comes up and is even featured on some ballots as an issue, if not just a talking point for those running. The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010/S. 460) and the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.1737) would…


Life is a (Structurally Deficient) Highway: Replenishing the Highway Trust Fund

by Jessica Biggs | October 26 2014

Photo by Randy Heinitz. License here. On July 15, 2014, Congress passed an emergency funding measure for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), ensuring that current summer construction projects can continue past the August deadline. This short-term solution will sustain the HTF for now, but Congress and the White House will…


X,Y,&Z–Generations of the Damned?

by Cara N | August 13 2014

I’ll never forget my shock when I discovered that people used to buy their homes before moving into them.   Mortgages didn’t exist before the 1930s.   Imagine your financial prospects if you owned your home outright as opposed to the common 20 year mortgage.   Oh my, how things…


Why Be Poor in Florida When You Can Be Rich in Ecuador?

by Erin Ann McBride | August 16 2014

Two interesting facts have come about recently. The first is that the unemployment situation in the United States has started to reset itself. The U.S. economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The second fact…

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