The Elmira Star-Gazette has recently run opinion pieces by George Will, John Stossel, and Kathleen Parker promoting some bizarre ideas:
- Government can do no good.
- Public spending for social justice is wrong.
- Poverty is inevitable and not a public concern.
- Laissez-faire solves all social problems.
It seemed like a coordinated effort to sell the public on these ideas, which after Citizens United is entirely possible. Today we see some blowback — the rest of the story.
Joe Conason’s column is titled “Fear leads rich Catholics to threaten Pope Francis.” Conason asks “would a person of true faith stiff the church and the poor? A person of true faith might not, but according to Conason some big funders might do that. Conason discusses:
- excesses and cruelty of unleashed capitalism
- gross and growing economic inequity
- self-serving greed of Wall Street’s elite
- outlandish grasping of the super-rich
There’s more, but this gives the flavor. Conason concludes that the “Pope’s wish for a church that is poor and for the poor might not be a bad thing for those, Catholic or not, who love justice.”
In a second article, Dana Milbank chides Chief Justice Roberts for his doubtless reasonable complaint about inadequate funding for Federal Courts. Noting that Roberts and his fellow conservatives have done much to give business interests clout and voice for small government, Milbank observes that “the bulk of super-PAC cash goes to electing candidates devoted to shrinking the federal government,” and part of that government is the Federal Courts.
Milbank notes that those who “bankrolled the Tea Party may be beginning to have buyer’s remorse.” That may include Tom Reed who, sincere or not, has professed a renewed interest in the plight of those finding it difficult to pay for fuel for heat.
© William Hungerford – January 2014