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No-tax ultrawealthy megachurch Rick Warren writes: the Poor pay too little in taxes!

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.


July 2011 Donations: The Vietnam Project and the Green Party USA

For every made-in-the-USA shirt we sell through Skreened, we writers for Irregular Times set aside a dollar to donate to a liberal domestic political cause and another dollar to donate to charitable projects in poverty alleviation and economic development outside the United States.

This time around, we’ve sent a domestic political donation to the Green […]

Irregular Times Microgrant: Village Enterprise Fund

Nicholas Kristoff says the best thing Americans can do for poor people living in the Third World is to buy crap made in sweatshop factories where people don’t make enough money to support their families, because even though they’re exploitative jobs, they’re better than the alternative — no jobs at all or sex slavery — […]

Plant a Row for the Hungry

If you garden, you’ve been there: delighted at the success of your zucchini patch, you enjoy a zucchini salad, a nice loaf of zucchini bread, another loaf of zucchini bread, a pot of zucchini-cheese soup…. It’s after the second pot of zucchini soup that you might throw in the towel, but that doesn’t mean your […]

Poverty in Ohio University Towns: Is it the Students?

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 […]

Who Is The Creature Creator?

Who are you going to let be the creature creator? Will it be you doing the creating, or will you need to hire the software super geniuses over at Electronic Arts to give you a paint-by-numbers canvas? […]