On Coulter, quiet desperation, and child tax credits

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Mary Stanik In 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Since a large mass of American men and women at that time were either enslaved, unable to vote or own property, and/or working all day just to meagerly feed and shabbily clothe themselves, quiet desperation was an almost gentle way to describe their lives.Mary StanikSome 163 years later, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, in reference to a proposal made by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to expand child tax credits, said that single people such as herself “live empty lives of quiet desperation and will die alone.” She added that “now Rubio is demanding that we also fund happy families with children who fill their days with joy.”As one...

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On Coulter, quiet desperation, and child tax credits

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