April 30, 2021 I just wrapped up delivering three undergrad courses in social welfare policy and programs. We covered a lot of detailed ground over the term, to be sure, but the main purpose of these courses is not to master detail, but to sharpen thinking about both the process and content of social welfare … Continue reading “Short course” in thinking about social welfare policy making in the U.S. today
April 24, 2021 Mississippi Secretary of State Watson poked a hornet's nest when he criticized H.R. 1 for inducing so-called "woke"-but-ignorant college students to vote - a rather curious position for the state's top voting official, whose job is generally considered to include increasing citizen participation in the democratic electoral process. You can a read … Continue reading My response to Secretary of State Watson’s charge that “far left” professors teach students to hate America
April 21, 2021 It's no surprise that the guilty-on-all-counts verdict in the George Floyd/Derek Chauvin case has been burning up the media since it was announced yesterday afternoon. From what I've seen so far, the most common reaction is relief, an "exhalation" after a long stretch of nail-biting, hold-your-breath fear that yet another black-man-murdering cop … Continue reading Social workers know that Derek Chauvin’s conviction is just the tip of a deep and dangerous iceberg
April 8, 2021 President Biden, now in the seventy-some-odd day of his presidency, is decidedly not turning out to be the austerity-minded corporate-leaning centrist many progressives feared he would be. On the other hand, though a picture of Franklin Roosevelt now occupies a prominent place over the mantle of the Oval Office, Biden is surely … Continue reading Uncle Joe inches to the left on social welfare, but takes too long to get where we need to go
March 28, 2021 How long do we stand still and watch the carnage roll on, incident after incident, bloodbath after bloodbath? How long do we settle for speculation on 'causes,' splitting hairs over the contributions of multiple factors - mental illness vs. racist 'hate' vs. frayed social relations vs. ideological fanaticism - to the slaughter … Continue reading Social workers: It’s long past time to challenge the pathology of mass shootings and political stagnation
March 14, 2021 An extraordinary number of messages suggesting, in effect, that "COVID is over!," are suddenly saturating popular culture. Inducements to celebration seems to be coming from all sides - news stories along the lines of "looking back on the year of the pandemic," advertisements touting all the opportunities to "break out of seclusion," … Continue reading Social workers, please note: the pandemic is NOT over!
February 26, 2021 Mississippi legislators are in process of eliminating the state's income tax, a "bold proposal" recently touted by Governor Reeves in his state of the state address, while at once substantially raising the regressive sales tax. House Bill 1439 has already passed the House, and is under consideration by the Senate. The case … Continue reading Social workers should strongly oppose elimination of the Mississippi income tax
February 13, 2021 On the eve of Valentine's Day, Senate Republicans today sent former president Donald Trump the biggest bouquet of flowers you can imagine. Trump was, for the second time now, acquitted of "high crimes of misdemeanors" in his failure to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It's surely tempting for social workers, … Continue reading Social workers should reject bad ideas on both sides of Trump 2nd impeachment trial
February 10, 2021 Given former President Trump's total disregard for issues of social and economic justice, I have a hard time understanding how any social worker could have ever supported him, let alone support him now, in face of Trump's evidence-free insistence that the Biden victory was fraudulent and the related January 6 assault on … Continue reading What should social workers make of Trump’s (second) impeachment trial?
January 27, 2001 Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves delivered his "state of the state" address yesterday to a Covid-emptied legislative chamber in Jackson. It's been a rough year for both Reeves and the state - a bumper crop of natural disasters, a racial justice crisis, a collapsing economy, and, of course, the never-ending pandemic. Against a … Continue reading Social workers don’t care for Gov. Reeves’ brand of “boldness”