“We can’t afford it.” The untrue, anti-tax mantra of 21st century government

For the past 30 years, “We can’t afford it” has become the mantra of city councilmen, state legislators and even U.S. Congressional representatives. But there is something terribly wrong with that. What do lawmakers mean by “it?” There are many meanings. Sometimes, “it” is higher salaries for teachers. Sometimes, “it” is repairs to crumbling bridges.…

Talking about race

We need to have a serious discussion about race. Because believe it or not, not talking about race is not going to end racism; it is going to perpetuate complicity in a racist system. It’s not making you “colorblind” or stopping you from putting any stock in race, it’s just stopping you from being able…