Ishmael Hossein-Zadeh writes about "The Age of Finance Capital and the Irrelevance of Mainstream Economics." Sadly, you'll find this a familiar story: the finance sector used to "grease() the wheels of the economy" when they got stuck, but now "buying and selling of ownership titles, instead of producing real values, has become the primary field of investment," and "(n)ot only has this slowed down the traditional flow of national savings (through the banking system) into productive investment in the real sector of the economy, it has, indeed, reversed that flow of funds into productive investment." All is not hopeless, of course -- Henry Ford used to complain about banksters, too.
"After 25 Years," says Patricia Schaefer at Nonprofit Quarterly, "Teach for America Results Are Consistently Underwhelming." Long story short: the organization that finds teachers for distressed urban and rural areas makes a lot of money, but can't argue persuasively that it really does any good for the students there, or that it delivers teachers who'll stay in the profession. One of the drawbacks of taking school reform efforts out of our public schools is that you, the public, can't extract very much accountability from private concerns.
Ho hum, Jeb Bush has a tax "reform" plan that cuts taxes for rich folks, cuts taxes for corporations, and "limits loopholes" in such a way that rich folks benefit while working families don't, plus it does some new, just-as-harmful things. But you remember how this went last time: deficits shot up, and corporations didn't use their largesse to create jobs. Still, he's got some cojones talking about getting government off your back and then using government to put corporations even more on your back. Be sure to visit Jeb Bush's campaign website at nochance2016.org.
A Mennonite discusses what a "religious objection" might really look like, versus what Kim Davis's "religious objection" to issuing marriage licenses for gays looks like. "Living out your faith doesn’t mean always getting your way without consequence," she says. "And, subsequently, it isn’t always easy or comfortable." Also notable is this quotation from a right-winger at the Washington Examiner: "a death penalty opponent doesn’t have the right to a job as an executioner, and a conscientious objector has no right to a career in the military."
Finally, Radley Balko again reminds us that there is no "war on cops,", as police deaths from firearms remain very, very low, and felonious killings of police per 100,000 officers is at its lowest level in 25 years. Mr. Balko also debunks some scare numbers and reminds us that some folks say there's a "war on cops" merely because cops get criticized, which Mr. Balko rightly notes is tantamount to "saying that exercising constitutional rights and participating in democracy are in and of themselves acts of violence." But please, right-wing rage heads, don't listen to an actual conservative like Mr. Balko; just keep hopping from one rage to another. The "liberal" media will still enable you.