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May 26, 1998
I grew up . . . in southern Georgia, during a time that is now a source of embarrassment . . . a time when racial discrimination was accepted not only by the bar association and the Supreme Court, but also by the Congress and the people of the United States. We bore a millstone of racial prejudice around our necks, both the white people and those of African descent. My wife and I, on this last trip, visited our 125th nation since I left the White House, and we've been able to judge the problems that exist in many parts of the world.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
It's the rich versus the handicapped. Guess who's winning. Bingo. I read it in the paper. The first incident I read about took place in Newport, R.I., where there are stately mansions owned by families like the Vanderbilts, who got here a long time before the Scottolines. The Vanderbilts came over on the Mayflower, in contrast to my ancestors, who took the bus. With about 10 transfers. Anyway, according to the news story, lots of tourists go see the mansions in Newport, so many that somebody proposed to build a visitor center with handicapped-accessible ramps and bathrooms.
NEWS
July 24, 2007
HOMELAND Security chief Chertoff says his gut feeling is that an al Qaeda attack may be imminent - yet says he has no direct evidence. Recently, they've been so incompetent that a gang of doctors who couldn't shoot straight failed to even kill themselves. Let's give Western ingenuity some credit and treat these miscreants as the hooligans they are. The more we make them larger than life, the more they're going to believe it. The more they believe it, the more they'll persist.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF YOU FOUND Thomas Piketty's inequality best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century a bit too wonky, consider seeing "The Purge: Anarchy. " In this quickie sequel to the offbeat 2013 horror hit, a 1 percenter resembling Ann Romney presides over a gathering of rich people who watch fellow swells hunting unarmed members of the middle and lower classes. The rich people carry fancy fowling pieces and wear Wellington boots as they try to flush a covey of middle-class people, sort of like Dick Cheney going after pet quail on a game preserve that's more of a free-range zoo for the doomed.
NEWS
March 26, 1996 | BY DONALD KAUL
Good news arrived the other day. A new survey, conducted by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service, found that the richest Americans have stopped getting richer. Yes, the top one-half of one percent of us - multimillionaires all - after having made out like bandits throughout the Reagan years, have paused for breath and, indeed, may even be slipping. The study estimated that in 1989 the wealthiest half-percent controlled nearly 29 percent of U.S. private wealth.
NEWS
July 29, 1993 | BY DONALD KAUL
Rich people have gotten the wrong impression. They think I hate them. They couldn't be more wrong. Why, some of my best acquaintances are rich people. Salt of the earth. Don't know how we'd know our places without them. I merely think they should be taxed, like everybody else. I wrote a column to that effect a couple of weeks ago and the mail has been coming in ever since. One writer, an architect in California, wrote: "I have seldom read such a contempt-filled article with such a misrepresentative and selective recollection of history.
NEWS
October 8, 1989 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
I'm relieved that Prince Frederick Von Anhalt has come along to explain the rationale behind the recent vote in the House of Representatives in favor of cutting the tax on capital gains. I've been trying to explain the theory of federal tax policy for years without much success. Who would have thought that all we needed to clear this up was a prince who lives in Beverly Hills? A long time ago, I tried to explain that one way to look at tax policy was as a statement of the government's values.
NEWS
September 30, 1997 | By Molly Ivins
Update from the cosmetic counter: I went to get some skin cream the other day, and the saleslady solemnly informed me that the cream I had selected contained "a mnemonic component" that would cause my skin cells to remember how they used to function. I was amazed. But will it work on the brain? The current issue of Vanity Fair contains a priceless interview with Fran Leibowitz, one of our clearest thinkers, not to mention funnier citizens. For some reason, she was being interviewed about race in America; asked if education was not the real solution to the problems of black children, she replied: "Absolutely - look how well it's working for white children.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | By Kay Raftery, Special to The Inquirer
The dining room of the stately Overbrook Golf Club seemed the proper setting for Ludington Library's fifth annual book and author brunch on Sunday. Guest speaker Stephen Birmingham has made a career writing about the lives of the aristocracy in more than 22 books. These include works of nonfiction - Real Lace, Certain People, The Grandes Dames and Our Crowd - and novels - The Auerbach Will, Shades of Fortune and the one he was promoting, The Rothman Scandal, about the New York publishing industry.
NEWS
September 19, 2004 | By Mark Weisbrot
"When you hear them say, 'Tax the rich,' be careful," warned George W. Bush in a speech on Thursday. "The rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason, because they don't want to pay. And you get stuck with the tab. But we're not going to let him stick you with the tab. " Well, he ought to know about hiring lawyers and accountants. But the rest is pure deception. In fact, the problem is the opposite of what Bush asserts. It is that his tax cuts that are shifting more of the burden of taxes to middle-class and working-class households.
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December 6, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to a Drexel University professor, Matthew Broderick is helping out Philly-area dogs without even coming to the region. Broderick is the star of Sylvia , playing on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, about the intense bond between a man and his dog (who happens to be played by a woman). Since its opening in October, the show has worked with animal welfare organizations, holding benefit performances and donating proceeds. On Dec. 8, proceeds will go to People + Animals = Companions Together (PACT)
NEWS
August 20, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING Soaking the poor Has no one noticed that city leaders' proposed cigarette tax to finance the schools is a tax on the working-class and poor people of Philadelphia? Even if the rich smoked at the same rate as the poor, there are a lot fewer rich people. Also, the rich can more easily buy cigarettes outside the city. Therefore, the cigarette-tax burden falls disproportionately on the poor. If the city wanted to finance the schools with a sin levy that taxes the rich more fairly, it could do so with a by-the-drink tax on alcoholic beverages.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF YOU FOUND Thomas Piketty's inequality best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century a bit too wonky, consider seeing "The Purge: Anarchy. " In this quickie sequel to the offbeat 2013 horror hit, a 1 percenter resembling Ann Romney presides over a gathering of rich people who watch fellow swells hunting unarmed members of the middle and lower classes. The rich people carry fancy fowling pieces and wear Wellington boots as they try to flush a covey of middle-class people, sort of like Dick Cheney going after pet quail on a game preserve that's more of a free-range zoo for the doomed.
SPORTS
July 15, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS SO obvious that it does not need to be said. But the nature of the job requires that we say something about this team, so let's get on with it. In wrapping up the unofficial first half of the season with a 10-3 loss to the Nationals, the Phillies offered a tidy summation of their year to date. They are not particularly good at scoring runs, nor are they particularly good at preventing them. In baseball, that is a bad combination. After it was over, a dejected Ryne Sandberg tried to focus on the positive things that he sees from his team heading into the All-Star Break.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
It's the rich versus the handicapped. Guess who's winning. Bingo. I read it in the paper. The first incident I read about took place in Newport, R.I., where there are stately mansions owned by families like the Vanderbilts, who got here a long time before the Scottolines. The Vanderbilts came over on the Mayflower, in contrast to my ancestors, who took the bus. With about 10 transfers. Anyway, according to the news story, lots of tourists go see the mansions in Newport, so many that somebody proposed to build a visitor center with handicapped-accessible ramps and bathrooms.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
ATTENTION, Philadelphia-area school kids: Forget all the things you have learned in school about the First Amendment. This past week in Philadelphia we have learned some new ways of understanding freedom of speech. Mayor Nutter, labor union leaders and other public figures gave you some great examples to follow. Kids, the labor leaders and their followers have a dispute with the mayor over how much they should be paid for their jobs. Because of this, they feel that the First Amendment allows them to shout and use whistles to drown out the mayor's annual budget speech to all the citizens of Philadelphia from the chambers of Philadelphia City Council.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WAR HAS AGAIN broken out on Twitter. In a battle that could send Bieber Fever spreading through the Little Monsters, the fans of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are at odds as to who now has the most Twitter followers. Entertainmentwise.com, who counted each follower by hand, reported Monday that Bieber had pulled 1,000 ahead of Gaga. The latest count had Bieber at 33,307,144, Gaga at 33,306,429 and the possibility that there's any real hope for society at zero. * Speaking of the Beebs, and we are oh-so-proud to be part of the 33 million who are, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Justin is not too happy about the involvement of his mom, Pattie Mallette, in the anti-abortion film "Crescendo.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
I HAND THE newsstand guy $10 for a pack of gum a couple of weeks ago, and he says, "Want to play the Powerball? It's over $500 million. " I never buy lottery tickets. I don't understand what "box it" means, let alone the side games. I don't have a series of "lucky numbers," except the nine numbers on my Social Security check. That's my personal lottery, and I "win" every month. When friends play the Powerball, I tell them, "My chances of winning are the same as yours, and I didn't even buy a ticket.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
Government needs to do less President Obama wants to rescind the Bush tax cuts, arguing that the wealthy ought to contribute more ("Obama: End tax cuts for wealthy," Tuesday). Republicans counter that increasing taxes on the rich will drain resources that would have been used to create jobs. These economic arguments overlook the fundamental moral issue at stake. Government is force: We are legally obligated to pay taxes. I suspect that very few Americans would be prepared to knock on a rich man's door, put a gun to his head, and demand that he provide for their needs.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | By Dick Polman, For The Inquirer
Pop quiz! Identify these political heavy hitters: Edward Conrad, Robert Mercer, John Paulson, Bob Perry, Julian Robertson, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson. Give up? They're very rich people who have inaugurated a brand new era of politics in America, the Daddy Warbucks era. Their lavish donations have been directly responsible for the unprecedented glut of toxic TV attack ads that have debased the Republican presidential race, most recently in Florida. The first six donors (all of whom are investment bankers and hedge fund executives, with the exception of home builder Perry)
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