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[This guest post on income inequality is by new Cowgirl contributor Bud White, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org A discussion on this topic is long overdue.]
As the recognition grows regarding the issue of economic inequality in America, the discussion invariably comes around to upward mobility. In an attempt to describe the current situation, many observers and experts turn to an analogy of a ladder with ever lengthening rungs to paint a picture of why it is difficult to advance. The idea being the opportunity to move up the ladder is there, but it is just harder to reach the next step.
These experts then go on to offer a variety of factors to explain why. They mention inadequate worker preparedness, globalization, education, etc. All these imply that the opportunity to advance is hindered by something lacking in the individual that prevents him or her from reaching the next rung. It’s possible, one just has to improve and work harder to reach it. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading →
The Carbon County Republicans have mailed out a treatise which claims that it is the Republican Party which fights racism and that the TEA Party movement is not indeed packed with racists–but also that President Obama is being allowed to “get away with giving the American people the finger” because: “He is black.”
Carbon County Republicans said they purposefully chose Black History Month to distribute their racist diatribe, because Continue reading →
In the United States of America today, it is illegal to allow only wealthy property owners to vote. But in 2011, the Republican Flathead County Commissioners did the next best thing, and the case is going to the Montana Supreme Court on April 11.
Small Businessman and Former State Manager Files for Lewis & Clark County Commission
If you’ve been following what’s going on in Ravalli and Lincoln Counties lately I don’t have to tell you how important it is to vote for responsible, intelligent and competent county leaders instead of angry ideologues.
So it’s good news that longtime resident, community activist and former State Fund manager Dennis Small is running for Lewis & Clark County Commission. Small, a democrat, is running to improve the level of communications between county agencies and residents. He says he’ll also make responsible growth planning and wise use water policy priorities.
Lincoln County TEA-GOP Commissioners Overtax Citizens by $2.2 Million
No one will argue that TEA party excels at conspiracy mongering and angry rallies, but when it comes to actual governing, not so much. If you thought the disaster that continues to unfold in Ravalli County was an anomaly, think again.
The Western News reported this week that Lincoln County officials have been overtaxing residents to the tune of $2.2 million. The county is home to less than 20,000 people. Continue reading →
Shaela Evenson, in her 8th month of pregnancy, was fired from her job as a Catholic middle school teacher for being an unwed pregnant woman. Yes, you read that correctly. In 2014, this 8-year veteran educator was fired from a job at which she excelled (according to her peers and supervisors) for carrying a child out of wedlock. Continue reading →