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Friday, December 14, 2018

Why Paul Ryan Lied About Food Stamps To GOP Colleagues

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Speaker Paul Ryan will go down in history as one of the weakest and most inconsequential House speakers ever to wield the gavel.

So it seems fitting that in what is likely the final piece of significant legislation to pass the House under Ryan’s leadership, Ryan himself stooped to lying about the content of the bill in order to beg his fellow Republicans to support it.

In an attempt to gin up support for a compromise farm bill, Ryan told Republican colleagues that the bill included his long-desired goal of imposing stricter work requirements on people who receive food stamps.…

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A Winner’s Take On ‘Winners Take All’

Last summer, at a social dinner in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to meet Anand Giridharadas, the former New York Times columnist and author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. As he explained the message of his book, I became intrigued. For years, I have viewed the staggering economic inequality in the U.S. with fear and anxiety. I have watched the widening gap turn into a chasm, serving to illustrate just how broken the U.S. system has become.

Anand seemed curiously eager for me to read the book, but I didn’t fully grasp why until I picked up a copy and read to page 205 – where there is a single mention of my name.…

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Against Trump’s Elitism, Try Do-It-Yourself Populism

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

If you despair that a mysterious plague of incurable political knuckleheadism has swept our country, turning previously progressive white working-class people into mindless Trump worshippers, check out “The Promise of a Progressive Populist Movement” (PeoplesAction.org/the-promise-of-a-progressive-populist-movement). This report is the work of People’s Action, a multiracial, grassroots coalition. This year, its volunteers knocked on more than 5,000 doors, had nearly 2,500 phone conversations and visited scores of local events and churches in “Trump Country” — dozens of rural counties in 10 swing states including Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin that went for the yellow-haired corporatist in 2016. The door-knockers simply had open conversations asking folks in economically distressed rural communities what mattered to them politically.

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