"The trickle-down economic principles still in vogue since they were promoted in the 1980s by President Ronald Reagan were misguided. They didn’t work then and they’re not working now.
"We must recognize this growing disparity and rethink policies that shield the higher earners from a fair share of taxes. Failing to do so will land us in another Gilded Age, in which the middle isn’t sharing in the prosperity and the struggling poor are even worse off."
Quelques aumônes que l’on fait à un homme nu dans les rues, ne remplissent point les obligations de l’État, qui doit à tous les citoyens une subsistance assurée, la nourriture, un vêtement convenable, et un genre de vie qui ne soit point contraire à la santé.
Montesquieu, De l’esprit des lois (1748), XXIII, 29. (via montagnarde1793)
(A few alms given to a naked man in the street do not fulfill the obligations of the state, which owes to all citizens a sure subsistence, food, decent clothing, and a manner of living not contrary to good health.)
A state judge in Louisiana has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Judge Edward Rubin of the 15th Judicial District Court in Louisiana ruled that state law prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, violating the due process and equal protection clauses of 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the full faith and credit clause.
The news comes weeks after District Judge Martin Feldman upheld the Louisiana Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage in an error-riddled decision. Feldman’s decision was a sudden monkey wrench following 21 consecutive federal rulings against banning gay marriage, a previously unbroken streak since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.
HELL YEAH, Louisiana.