That the country faces a crisis of scarcity, and that this means we should take more from those who are struggling, seems to silently undergird much mainstream media discourse.
William Rivers Pitt of Truthout: Paul Ryan could offer up a recipe for bean dip and get it passed, and it still would be dead on arrival in the Senate.
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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of a number of books including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.