This week in OtherWords, Richard Kirsch explores the values divide contributing to the government’s shutdown while Donald Kaul blames the impasse on the Republican Party.
We also have several food-focused commentaries: Jim Hightower skewers the government’s practice of handing city slickers millions in farm subsidies, Jill Richardson and Shireen Karimi explain why genetically engineered foods should be labeled, and Martha Burk highlights what’s wrong with the chicken most Americans eat.
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- Challenging Big Chicken / Martha Burk
From dangerous new rules at slaughterhouses to the rock-bottom wages fast-food workers get paid, there are many reasons to lay off this kind of poultry.
- Engineering More Information for Consumers / Shireen Karimi
In 64 other countries, you can already find out whether what you’re eating contains genetically modified ingredients.
- The Values Divide / Richard Kirsch
The showdown in Washington isn’t just about political posturing.
- Too High a Price for Courage / Beverly Bell
The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.
- It’s All Their Fault / Donald Kaul
The shutdown as well as the looming debt ceiling crisis is entirely a Republican Party production.
- When Citizens Shocked Plutocrats / Sam Pizzigati
America’s super-rich once felt sure their incomes would never be taxed.
- Why Are We Eating in the Dark? / Jill Richardson
Big Food has made darn sure that the government doesn’t make companies mention genetically engineered foods on their labels.
- The Farm Bill’s Wasteful Welfare Program / Jim Hightower
As Congress edges toward axing the absurd direct payments program, it’s considering an even more bizarre replacement.
- The Fine Art of Milking Government / William A. Collins
Taxpayers pay through the nose for a wasteful zero-sum game that subsidizes big business.
- Shutting the Whole Thing Down / Khalil Bendib cartoonEmily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org