What if all the taxpayer money that’s used arresting, processing, probably public defending, possibly trying, and maybe jailing women like Taylor and Lucious were instead used toward social programs that would have supported them in the first place? The people who claim to never have had any help from anyone are the same people who tend to criticize “government hand-outs” and talk about the social safety net like it’s a giant waste of taxpayer money—a “wealth redistribution program” to steal rich folks’ money and give it to the poor. (They’re also the most likely to say shit like, “Don’t have kids if you can’t take care of them,” while they simultaneously support policy that seeks to deny women control over our reproduction.) But people need help. Everyone needs help. And not everyone is fortunate enough to have the kind of help that is so reliable it’s possible to dismiss it out of hand as not even having been help at all. This is what really having no help looks like. We don’t actually reward not having help in this country; we criminalize it. And that’s not a solution. It’s the problem.
Posted March 26, 2014 at 10:52am
The big thing about deciding to run is pretty simple. Are you ready, and do you have a plan? John Jay Hooker said on his 80th birthday, when he was honored on the floor of the Senate, that one thing to know about him is that he wasn’t afraid to lose. And he didn’t win the two times he ran for governor (1966 and 1970) for a variety of reasons, but his subsequent advice is quite valuable for anyone running for office: You don’t always have to win to make a contribution.
Posted March 13, 2014 at 9:54am
Posted March 4, 2014 at 2:43pm