Shortly before the Republican National Convention gathered last year to nominate a man who could have become one of the richest presidents in U.S. history, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey on American attitudes toward the wealthy. The chronic ambivalence was there: Forty-three percent of respondents said rich people are more likely than the average American to be intelligent, and 42 percent believed that the rich worked harder than everyone else. The good rich! But 55 percent said wealthy people were more likely to be greedy, and 34 percent thought they were less likely to be honest. The bad rich. The deal with rich people ☀
Many fast-food workers across America are striking today for better pay and working conditions. They also need a higher minimum wage. Most are no longer teenagers but major breadwinners for their families. Yet, along with retail sales, fast-food and restaurant workers constitute the fastest-growing categories of job in America — and one of the lowest paid. McDonalds, Wendy’s, and other giant franchises say they can’t afford to pay more, and that their franchisees make these decisions anyway. Baloney. The big fast-food chains are among the most profitable of all American corporations, and they control almost every aspect of what their franchises do. Please support the strikers.
Poor people don’t live in gated communities. Poor people don’t have security systems installed to keep people away. Poor people don’t join exclusive clubs. And if you study mission history you will notice that most people group movements towards God happen among the poor, precisely because they network. Except the poor never use that word. For them, socialising and being friends is just part of their struggle and their joy. 10 Things Some Poor People Do Every Day ☀
It’s beyond time that we stop vilifying government and perpetuating a corporatized healthcare system that has abandoned so many. We can, with a system of Medicare for all, we can cut healthcare costs and promote a much more humane society. The Real Fix for Obamacare’s Flaws: Medicare for All ☀
The Bible is not an argument, it is a record of human experience. The point is not to prove that it’s the word of God or it’s inspired or it’s whatever-is-the-current-word-people-are-using, the point is to enter in to its stories with such intention and vitality that you find what it is that inspired people to write these books. What is the Bible? Part 17: Assumptions and AA Meetings ☀
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