For this weekend’s reading list, we have an essay about Clarence and Ginni Thomas’ efforts to get rid of health care reform, how Democrats are making progress in rural America, why political media coverage is broken, the growing wealth gap between whites, blacks, and Latinos, and a debunking of yet another misguided conservative talking point on taxes.
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The Thomases v. Obama’s Health Care Plan – an in-depth essay about how Justice Clarence Thomas has spent the past decades building a judicial theory that may allow for health care reform to be declared unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Thomas’ spouse Ginni spends her days working with conservative activists to try to deny health care to tens of millions of Americans by repealing health care reform.
The Democrats’ Rural Rebellions – how Democrats are getting political traction in rural areas of Wisconsin, Ohio, Maine, and other states by making a stark contrast between progressive efforts to fight for public schools and services, and the Republican platform of fighting almost exclusively for the wealthiest Americans.
Why Political Coverage is Broken – a longtime journalism expert discusses how the media’s obsession with the savviness of political figures, appearing detached from the story, and focusing on politics as an insider game is destroying the quality of political coverage
Wealth Gap Rises to Record Highs Between Blacks, Whites, Hispanics – the ratio between median household wealth for white and black families is up to 19 to 1, the highest it has been since the statistic started being measured in 1984. Overall, the Bush Recession led to a 66% drop in median wealth for Hispanics, 53% for African Americans, and 16% for whites.
The WSJ Editorial Board Whiffs on Taxes – a good explanation of why the conservative argument that taxes should not be raised on the wealthy: because even 100% tax rates on the richest Americans would not, alone, eliminate the deficit.