Add this whopper to the mushrooming litany of lies, half-truths, fabulations, and "real fake news" flooding out of the Trump White House - the War on Poverty has been won! Thanks to a booming, tax-cut-fueled economy in which anyone who wants a job can have a great one, the way is wide open to scale … Continue reading Big lies target America’s poor
If you think that no matter what, tomorrow will always look pretty much like today, it's time you think again. The U.S. political right continues to rack up successes, even as fierce resistance expands, and there's even an electoral victory for progressives now and then. A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court already seems intent … Continue reading Wake up, social workers!
One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents. Hurrah! Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of. The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation
By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse." As well it should be. The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think
Recent high-profile celebrity suicides have combined with alarming new reports of rising U.S. suicide rates to unleash a virtual tsunami of concern. In the past three days, I’ve read at least a half-dozen heartfelt pleas for anyone with suicidal urges to seek professional help, and another half-dozen calls to “end the stigma” associated with getting … Continue reading Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide
Social workers know denial when they see it. One of the most common – and surely the most seductive – of psychological defense mechanisms, denial as it were cheats reality, permitting us to keep old behaviors and habits of mind intact, no matter how damaging they are in the long run. Sadly, denial is the … Continue reading Denying reality is not an option
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's "proud" to have joined a group of Republican governors supporting the nomination of President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. And the president's great contribution to peace? His "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, … Continue reading Trump nominated for a peace prize – What are these governors smoking?
It's a sad state of affairs when a Trump administration generally hellbent on deregulation has to press Mississippi to address its horrendous roads-and-bridges infrastructure situation. Yesterday, Gov. Bryant, citing inaction by local jurisdictions, declared an unprecedented state of emergency and ordered the Department of Transportation to shut down 83 dangerously deteriorated county bridges; more bridges … Continue reading Fed pressure prompts Bryant to declare state of emergency for deteriorating Mississippi bridges
The president is running scared. How better to explain the erratically raging tweet-storms on criminal immigrants, Amazon and other "stupid" businesses, NAFTA trade deficits, and, of course, the fake-news-loving, enemy-of-the-people media? A lot is riding on the outcome of the November mid-term elections. If the Senate flips to a Democratic majority, a real possibility, it … Continue reading As elections approach, expect more craziness from Trump
Clearly, my closing remarks at last month's NASW conference in Biloxi thumped some hot buttons, in fans and detractors alike. I'm told that no session has ever generated as much juice, and reactions - direct and indirect - are still rolling in. Reflecting the extraordinary political divide in the U.S. today, some would like me … Continue reading Pushing buttons