"Despite several years of modest economic recovery and some budgetary successes for kids in previous decades, our elected officials—Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals alike—have decided that kids must take it on the chin for the foreseeable future.”
Photo: The iPhone 6 is displayed on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
"Much has already been said about Ray Rice’s assault against his then-fiancé, Janay Rice; the NFL’s repeated fumbling in reaction to the case; and the league’s recent handling of domestic violence and child abuse allegations against other players. NFL sponsors have now joined in the outrage, putting greater pressure on the NFL to deal with the issues of violence in their players’ homes.
"When Rice’s story first unfolded several months ago, I thought it would be a blip on our 24-hour news cycle. But I was wrong. This story has persisted and grown, leading to long overdue conversations about violence against women. The sustained focus and coverage in the national media and elsewhere are new. Also new is the unprecedented pressure to address the issue.
"This frenzy, ironically coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, has reinforced a few things for me.”
Photo: Janet and Ray Rice. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
The Federal government garnishes Social Security benefits to recover delinquent student loan debt. It shouldn’t.
In 2013, 156,000 individuals had their Social Security benefits garnished to collect $150 million in defaulted federal student loans. This is a tiny fraction of the 63.7 million Social Security recipients, but that average of about $1,000 a year could make a real difference for affected senior citizens or disabled adults surviving on Social Security.