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More Punishing the Poor

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On June 1, 2015
Above: Receiver of almost endless government benefits The Massachusetts House passed an amendment last week ordering the state welfare office to conduct a study about using biometrics in order to crack down on welfare fraud. Now I have no theoretical problem with governments attempting to run programs efficiently, but once again, this is something intended […]
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On February 13, 1845, the Lowell Female Labor Reform Association forced the state of Massachusetts to hold hearings on reducing the work day in the state’s textile mills to 10 hours a day. The LFLRA had collected 2000 signatures to put pressure on the textile mill owners and state to improve the conditions in the […]
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On September 9, 1919, the police force in Boston went on strike, the most aggressive action to date by American public sector workers. The harsh response from the government of Massachusetts both set back public sector unionism and changed American political history. The police had basic demands. They wanted union recognition, a pay raise, and […]

Busing

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On March 14, 2013

The end of an era in Boston, as school busing is officially ended. It’s true that busing didn’t really work very well. It was a clunky approach to a horrible problem of school inequality.

Markey

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On December 27, 2012
Some of you Massachusetts experts will have to inform me of Ed Markey’s capabilities to defeat Scott Brown. I don’t think any of us directly addressed the Kerry nomination. One of Obama’s many weaknesses is his belief that leading elected politicians are the primary proving ground for leading administration jobs. He’s gone to this well […]
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