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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Onion: Open Relationship Gives Couple Freedom to Emotionally Drain Other People

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Sure, why take your frustrations out on your spouse when you can take them out on your mistress. Instead, you could just say, "Honey, look, I don't want to argue this with you," and go meet your mistress and have it out with her instead and then if there's anything you didn't cover with her, your wife will be there at home for you to finish off your critical arguments about whose turn it was to wash the dishes or pick up the kids from school or pay the monthly porno bill. Marriage is just to valuable of an institution to waste badgering your own spouse. Especially when you have so many women who are free (and need money) and you just meet them instead and take out your frustrations on them. And leave the important discussions about who should pick up Johnny and Sally from their soccer practice. Who should cook dinner, who should answer the phone and really go at each other on such life and death important issues like that. And leave the real arguments about who is spending too much money on the credit card with your mistress. And go off on her about spending so much money on fur coats, jewelry, weekend getaways, etc. 
The Onion: Open Relationship Gives Couple Freedom To Emotionally Drain Other People

The New Republic: Opinion: Sean Mcelwee: "Republicans Focus on Social Mobility Has a Major Flaw": How Social Mobility Leads to Income Equality

The New Republic: Opinion: Sean Mcelwee: Republicans Focus on Mobility Has a Major Flaw

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Economic mobility is the ability of people to move up in the economic system, to see their income increase, allowing them to live in freedom without the government benefits that Sean Mcelwee talks about in his column in The New Republic today.  They can pay for those things themselves and decide where they get those services because they have the resources and the options to choose how to get the services that they need to live well.

I agree that it is a good thing that Republicans, especially House Republicans and a few Senate Republicans, are talking about social mobility and are finally putting some serious proposals on the table as they relate to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Even though I wouldn't say this is the cure-all to solving the income gap problem, a term I prefer over income inequality, I wouldn't just throw out everything they are talking about and put it in the garbage either.

When you talk about the income gap and, more broadly, poverty in America, you must first decide whether you believe in social mobility, because you can't be in favor of creating more public benefits and telling people in poverty that the taxpayers will take care of them and on the other hand believe in social mobility and empowering people to be able to take care of themselves so they can move up the economic ladder on their own. That means providing education, job training, and work experience so people at the bottom can acquire the skills needed to become socially mobile.

For people to become socially mobile, they need additional skills to get themselves another good job, perhaps in a different field. They need job training and education, and people on welfare who aren't working and have paper-thin resumes, if that, also need job experience, even at a entry level job, so they can gain the experience they need to move up in that field.

If you are not interested in social mobility and would like to see a grand welfare state where government provides most of the benefits for people, especially on the lower end of the economic ladder, then you aren't talking about social mobility and the ability of people to move up on their own without public assistance. You are talking about an expansive welfare state social democracy, which is very different.