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Conservative Freak Out (Update)

It was this itty-bitty little graph that caused conservatives to absolutely lose their minds last week. Basically, a study from the Pew Research Center revealed that there are a lot of women who are the sole breadwinner or the major breadwinner in their households. For those of us who live in the reality-based world, we’ve recognized for some time that the “Leave It to Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” male-dominated models of the household simply don’t exist to the extent that they did back in the 1950s in the United States. This changed for a variety of reasons. Yet, conservatives simply

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Taxing the Rich And Helping the Middle Class

Nick Hanauer, a rich venture capitalist, gave a simple TED talk, which has become an Internet sensation. To be honest, he really didn’t say anything that was earthshaking. But the fact that somebody who’s rich stood up and stated that the rich do not create jobs – Wow! It is not often that we see someone who simply speaks the truth. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the United States made investments in the middle class and the lower class and we all benefited from an unprecedented economic boom. We had prolonged prosperity from the 1950s throughout the 1970s. Then, we decided

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How did the racial divide get worse during the 1950s?

Here is a nice article by Ira Katznelson. From WP: Hurricane Katrina’s violent winds and waters tore away the shrouds that ordinarily mask the country’s racial pattern of poverty and neglect. Understandably, most commentators have focused on the woeful federal response. Others, taking a longer view, yearn for a burst of activism patterned on the New Deal. But that nostalgia requires a heavy dose of historical amnesia. It also misses the chance to come to terms with how the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s contributed to the persistence of two Americas. It was during the administrations of Franklin Roosevelt

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