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Forget Not the Poor


Recently, Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies partnered with the American Jewish Committee to sponsor a symposium on poverty. I linked previously to Melinda Henneberger's column in the Washington Post that discusses the event, and NCR's own Jerry Filteau will have a fuller report on the symposium in the near future. But, IPRCS, where I am a visiting fellow, has now posted some videos of the symposium.

Lilies That Fester


A friend sent me this commentary from Rebecca Hamilton, a state representative in Oklahoma. Get this woman a platform, raise some money for her, and let's find a way to put her on the national stage! How refreshing to find a partisan - and a state representative is by definition a partisan - who is so willing to challenge her own party! Not that Hamilton is merely "all mavericky" a la Sarah Palin.

The Last Debate


Boca Raton has not been kind to Governor Romney. First, there was the videotape of his remarks to donors about the 47% at a fundraiser in the Florida city. Then, whatever President Obama had for dinner before the first debate in Denver must have been on Governor Romney’s plate before last night’s final debate, also in Boca Raton. Romney seemed flat all night and seemed to forget that in a debate, it is one thing to be agreeable, and something different to consistently be in agreement with your debating partner.

Election 2012: Taxes


One of the principal differences between the two presidential candidates is their approach to tax policy. Mr. Romney has signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes and Mr. Obama has consistently supported allowing the Bush tax cuts on those making more than $250,000 per year to expire. Tonight’s debate will focus on foreign policy, and there are not very many differences between the two candidates on actual policies abroad, so I do not expect any questions on tax policy. It is a shame: The solvency of the government is part of the foundation of our standing in the world.

Good Days & Great Days


When I was growing up in New England, at this time of year, a good day was when the Yankees lost and a great day was a day when the Yankees lost and the Red Sox won. I am not a huge baseball fan. I have fond memories of going to Fenway Park, but it was as much about time with the family as the game. I recall, too, my father's unrestrained joy when the Red Sox finally won a World Series in 2004. This year, the Red Sox were not very good, so I was not anticipating any great days during the playoffs.

Clark on Economics 101


Charles Michael Andres Clark, writing at Commonweal, delivers a fine economic critique of the Ryan budget. I would only add that Ryan and his Catholic champions need to ask themselves why those countries which erected their social welfare policies under the governance of Christian Democratic parties always spend about twice as much on programs designed to effect greater equality and guarantee all people a living wage than we ever have in the U.S.? Our country is not going bankrupt. We are not spending money we don't have.

The D'Souza Scandal


Amy Sullivan, at The New Republic, details the story behind the scandal that engulfed King's College President Dinesh D'Souza, known as well for his vile anti-Obama rantings and film-making. At the heart of the story is a rivalry between D'Souza and Marvin Olasky. Truly no one would want to spend too much time with either man.

Sometimes, the personal politics within the Catholic Church can get petty. But, rarely does it get as ugly as this.


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June 16-29, 2017