Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Another day, another boycott

All of which is to say I haven’t eaten at Chick-fil-A in all that time because of the company’s continued financial support of organizations that blatantly discriminate against the LGBTQ community. It’s not the only store I boycott, of course, but the Hobby Lobby (“You can’t make us pay for your birth control, harlot!”) boycott was easy. Don’t craft. Don’t care. Don’t need (another) faux wooden sign to remind me that if I’m lucky enough to live at the beach; I’m lucky enough.

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After the hurricane, let us all be Puerto Ricans

My two older brothers, Miguel and José, and I were born in Puerto Rico. We moved to North Carolina in the early 1980s, a difficult plane ride for 4-year-old me. We were moving too far from my grandparents. And Miguel told me that if I did not remain still and quiet, a flight attendant would put a lifejacket on me and throw me out the window. Growing up though, my brothers and I were always there for each other. Our other friends understood that we were kind of a package deal. Our parents inculcated being there for each other. We learned it. In much the same way, we can all learn to be there for each other. I focus on Puerto Rico here, but we should be there for the U.S. Virgin Islands and for anyone marginalized, disenfranchised, and reduced to stereotypes.

Op-Ed

Our elites still don’t get it

Freedom without covenant becomes selfishness. And that’s what we see at the top of society, in our politics and the financial crisis. Freedom without connection becomes alienation. And that’s what we see at the bottom of society – frayed communities, broken families, opiate addiction. Freedom without a unifying national narrative becomes distrust, polarization and permanent political war.

Op-Ed

Tax plan makes church and state less separate

How do we know the foregoing facts about the Establishment Clause? We know because it originated, along with Thomas Jefferson’s great Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in his collaboration with James Madison. Madison noticed that some earnest Virginia Baptists were being jailed, even in chains, for refusing to pay tax assessments in support of educational establishments offensive to their beliefs – indeed, regarded in some instances as blasphemous.

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And the biggest loser in the GOP’s tax plan is … humans

Both the House tax bill – which passed handily Thursday – and the Senate version are heavily weighted toward business. Both bills would slash rates on regular corporate profits, “pass-through” business income (currently taxed at regular individual rates) and overseas profits that get repatriated. They also provide other tax breaks for companies, such as allowing full and immediate expensing for qualified investments.

Opinion

American companies are funding the Kremlin’s info war against us

Consumers have power. Companies know it. Just look at how quickly Keurig pulled its ads from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show over his coverage of Roy Moore’s alleged child molestation. Indeed, strategically spent big media money can take down talk show hosts, cut into the bank accounts of pro athletes and even elect an American president.

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Murdoch’s Teflon coat is wearing thin

Back in 1983, then-Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., was fixing eggs for her kids when she looked down and got an idea about President Ronald Reagan. She called him “Teflon-coated” because nothing bad stuck to him. The same could be said about Rupert Murdoch. He’s the Teflon mogul.

Op-Ed

Repeal and replace the tax code

The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed on purpose? Today’s bill, which is 429 pages and is apt to grow, is an implausible instrument of simplification. And it would worsen the tax code’s already substantial contribution to “moral hazard.”

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Graham tees up for Trump loyalty

When questioned about this global warming of relations, Graham admitted to “Politico” he is less likely to publicly slam the president now that they’ve made a concerted effort to set aside the time to be rich white guys together. OK, he didn’t say it exactly that way but that was the gist of it.