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Confirmed: War against Ridesharing is War against Poor

uber_logo Ridesharing is half as expensive and twice as fast. So politicians want to steal it from us. The study was paid for by Uber, so there will be plenty of denials. But the test looks valid to me: The design could hardly have been simpler; we sent pairs of riders to call for taxi service or use an app to summon UberX for travel along pre-planned routes. The riders recorded how long it took – starting from the moment of picking up the phone or opening the app – before they were actually in a car Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Police State Campaign to Terrorize Poor People Continues

laura browder When you take their children away on a ludicrous charge we can safely deduce that you are working to terrorize poor people. Didn’t Mark Horne already post this story? Nope, that was about a woman who let her child play “hours at a time” at a popular public park with her own mobile phone while the mother worked at McDonald’s. In this new story, a woman got arrested for allowing her children to play thirty feet from her while she attempted to interview for a job. According to Raw Read more [...] Continue reading →

National Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Rules Will Impoverish Minorities

coal The National Black Chamber of Commerce wants to know how minorities will be able to afford energy after EPA regs spike prices. I realize that Liberals will probably scoff at the National Black Chamber of Commerce as a “conservative” organization. But they never care about bias when they get support from Liberal black organizations. Besides, their statement is just common sense. Poor people will be devastated when energy prices are forced upward. But another factor will be jobs. If power Read more [...] Continue reading →

To Help Black Children We Need to Help Black Families

student library Naturally, prominent black liberals insist the problems facing black children have nothing to do with family problems and are all caused by racism. One of the most obvious ways you prevent yourself from changing your bad habits and failings is by claiming that it is all someone else’s fault. Then, when someone points out that your own behavior is responsible for your bad circumstances, or the bad circumstances that have snared your children, you accuse the critic of personally attacking you Read more [...] Continue reading →

New York Times Discovers Work is Hard

korean manicurists For manicurists in major cities, work is hard, but how does abolishing the jobs help those workers? The New York Times has released a major exposé of the nail salon industry: “The Price of Nice Nails.” It shows some pretty horrible stuff. Because many of these workers are in the country illegally, they cannot sue their employer for assault when they are physically assaulted—as sometimes happens. In general, however, much of the story shows the arrogance of moralizing about market operations. Once Read more [...] Continue reading →

Sin, not Lack of Wealth Redistribution, is the Problem with Baltimore

Baltimore flames Baltimore’s problem is not poverty and lack of opportunity; it is sin in the human heart. Many politicians are so predictable. Their views are based in fantasies that more power to certain people, and more money, can allegedly solve deep problems. So the Patriot Post reports, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) pontificated on the Baltimore rioting and what she believes is contributing to poverty and, ultimately, violent behavior among minorities. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought up the city’s Read more [...] Continue reading →

No, Harry Reid, Crushing Poverty Does Not Cause Violence

poverty etc Harry Reid thinks crushing poverty explains the violence of the riots—though he is quick to say he does not condone the violence. Before I explain how wrong he is, let me first thank Harry Reid for bringing up justice reform as a bipartisan issue. The Daily Caller reports that he did so: So instead of turning a blind eye, let’s work together and take this problem seriously. There is bipartisan work being done on criminal justice reform and that is a good start. For once, Reid is absolutely Read more [...] Continue reading →

Income Inequality Is Increased by Anti-Capitalism

low income workers Market forces don’t increase income inequality; government does. Have you heard it said that “income inequality” is a failure of capitalism? Well, maybe we could say that, if what we had in America today was capitalism. But that's far from the case. Our income inequality is largely the product of a government that has vastly too much power in the marketplace, and ends up determining winners and losers—virtually always favoring the politically-connected. [See also, “Why the Tea Read more [...] Continue reading →

More, Who Can Afford To, Are Leaving Public School

School bus_02 New Report Says a Majority of Public School Students Are Poor. Why Else Would They Be There? I’m not sure I understand why anyone would be surprised at the news reported by Bloomberg: “Majority of U.S. Public-School Children Are Living in Poverty.” A majority of U.S. public-school children are living in poverty for the first time in half a century. Fifty-one percent of public-school students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in 2013, the Southern Education Foundation said in Read more [...] Continue reading →

Could President Romney Lift People out of Poverty?

091712_romney_640 Mitt Romney wants to run a campaign promising to lift people out of poverty. Could he do it? I’ve already expressed my disbelief that Mitt Romney wants to run for President again. But his attempt to change “tone” is interesting. According to the New York Times, Speaking below deck on the Midway, an aircraft carrier converted to a floating museum in the San Diego harbor, Mr. Romney criticized President Obama and sketched out a three-pronged campaign platform should he seek the presidency Read more [...] Continue reading →

I Can’t Breathe

us over cliff What makes us unable to breathe? I want to say right up front that I do not think that the cops are always right.  In fact, my involvement in on-the-street pro-life ministry has proven to me that the average cop does not even know the law.  They simply follow orders as directed by their superiors. I appreciate good cops.  We need more of them.  But merely wearing a badge does not give anyone the right to ignore or make-up the law.  We are a nation of laws.  When those who enforce Read more [...] Continue reading →

Government’s Not the Solution to the Poverty Problem

poverty etc Government can't solve it, but it can make the poverty problem worse. Here is an article I think is quite interesting: “Why Poor People Stay Poor.” An excerpt: It’s amazing what things that are absolute crises for me are simple annoyances for people with money. Anything can make you lose your apartment, because any unexpected problem that pops up, like they do, can set off that Rube Goldberg device. One time I lost an apartment because my roommate got a horrible flu that we suspected Read more [...] Continue reading →