For every sweatshop-free t-shirt we sell at Skreened, we set aside a dollar to donate to some form of economic development for the poor people living overseas. Initially, we participated in microloans under the Kiva system, thinking that the non-profit’s loans must be generously giving people a hand up to a better life. But then [...]
When conservative preacher Rick Warren raked in $2.4 million last December for his “Saddleback Church” (an archipelago of high-tech churches, gymnasium courts, restaurants and even a music school sitting on nine campuses of prime California real estate), the church didn’t pay a penny of tax on that income. Saddleback Church is tax-exempt despite its wealth.
Earlier this week, WOSU radio reported on new Census figures for poverty in the Ohio towns of Oxford and Athens. The angle at WOSU was to express surprise that the two communities had such high poverty rates (49.3% and 52.3% of individuals respectively), even though they were built around large, stable universities. If even these [...]
While we’re struggling to heat our homes and feed our families, the rich are fretting about whether their automobile collections might be rusting as they sit, unused, in garages as big as a house. [...]