Category Archives: poverty

Louisiana’s fiscal woes distract us and obscure what really ails us

By Robert Mann No reasonable, informed person would question the need for the current special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The consequences of losing vital state services — the result of $1 billion in expiring, temporary taxes — would be … Continue reading

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Why stop at Trump’s food-in-a-box plan? Here are some other horrible ideas the White House might consider

By Robert Mann Politico reported the other day: The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps. White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney … Continue reading

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Why do so many fearful Christians put more faith in guns than God?

By Robert Mann Why do many fearful Christians put more faith in guns than God? We all have fears. We fear failure, debilitating illness or death. We’re afraid of violence. We fear the unknown, the other and, sometimes, the truth. … Continue reading

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Was anyone really surprised when Amazon snubbed Louisiana for its new HQ2?

By Robert Mann Few, if any, at the state Capitol should have been shocked that no Louisiana city was among the 20 finalists for the massive, new second Amazon.com headquarters, also known as HQ2. The $6.56 billion in tax incentives … Continue reading

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Why stop at work requirements for food stamps and health care? Let’s go all the way.

By Robert Mann I’m fed up with lazy, poor families who mooch off industrious citizens and waste our hard-earned tax dollars. I agree with Sen. John Kennedy: They aren’t entitled to health care through the state’s Medicaid system. Unemployment and … Continue reading

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My resolutions for 2017 (or, How I plan to survive another year of Donald Trump)

By Robert Mann Although I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, 2018 feels different: I’ll turn 60 this year. Our son and daughter will graduate high school in May and head off to college in the fall. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics, 2017

By Robert Mann “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”  — Jonathan Swift It was a year that shame forgot. Sure, that might describe most years in Louisiana politics, but events … Continue reading

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