Monica Potts

Monica Potts is a freelance writer, and former staff member of The American Prospect. A fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program, her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.

Recent Articles

Cindy McCain Against Prop 8.

Cindy McCain apparently supports marriage equality, posing for the group NOH8, which her daughter Meghan McCain has also supported. Mrs. McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" written on one cheek in a photo posted Wednesday to the Web site of NOH8, a gay rights group opposed to Proposition 8. The ballot measure passed by California voters in 2008 bans same-sex marriage. The McCains' daughter Meghan, who has been outspoken in her support for gay rights, has also endorsed NOH8. She appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and "NOH8" on a cheek in a photo on her Twitter site. Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the Web site said. It would have been nice if they'd voiced support for marriage equality before Prop. 8 passed, but I suppose it's a welcome surprise nonetheless. And another Republican, Margaret Hoover , has recently voiced her support for marriage equality in the most unlikely of places, FoxNews.com. We...

Royal Caribbean's PR debacle.

One of the most surprising things about the Royal Caribbean cruise visit to Labadee is that company officials apparently spent a long time thinking about it, according to Advertising Age . 'This is a massive debacle and shows absolutely horrible judgment,' said a high-ranking PR executive at a global firm that has worked with travel and leisure companies in the past. 'Even if they are donating one million dollars, you can't have pictures of people sunbathing and cruising. Their judgment just boggles the mind. Royal Caribbean should have used the ship as a floating hospital or a temporary housing unit for those who lost homes.' Mr. (Paul) Gallagher said combining the commerce and humanitarian relief stories is a recipe for disaster. 'This happened way too soon,' Mr. Gallagher said. 'The marines are still coming in, and the relief effort is just getting its footing. If the ship came in with humanitarian efforts, that would have made such a strong statement. But to combine the commerce...

Haiti Should Just Stop Being Poor.

Jonah Golberg has a great idea for how best to help Haiti. So stop your measly text donations now and give Haiti some "tough love." Golberg doesn't spell out a tough love prescription, but it must have something to do with correcting the lack of work ethic he sees in Haiti's "poverty culture." Even if blame lies everywhere except among the victims themselves, it doesn’t change the fact that Haiti will never get out of grinding poverty until it abandons much of its culture. When Haitians leave Haiti for the U.S. they get richer almost overnight. This isn’t simply because wages are higher here or welfare payments more generous. Coming to America is a cultural leap of faith, physically and psychologically. Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz note in their phenomenal new book, From Poverty to Prosperity, that low-skilled Mexican laborers become 10 to 20 times more productive simply by crossing the border into the United States. William Lewis, former director of the McKinsey Global Institute,...

The Aggrieved Christian.

A Pennsylvania mom who sued after her son's school did not allow her to read a Bible passage to his class will not have her case heard by the Supreme Court. The reading was to be part of an in-class assignment in which the children were invited to present important aspects of their lives to their classmates. As part of this “All About Me” week-long assignment, (Donna Kay) Busch’s son, Wesley, made a poster displaying photographs of himself, his hamster, his brothers, his parents, his best friend, and a construction-paper likeness of his church. One part of the “All About Me” curriculum included inviting parents to “share a talent, short game, small craft, or story” with the class that would highlight something about their child. Busch said her son asked her to read the Bible to the class, an activity she and her son shared together at home. The mother selected verses 1-4 and 14 of Psalm 118 from the King James version of the Bible. She later testified that she chose those verses...

Early Thoughts on Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts election of a Republican to Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat is going to be presented as a referendum on health care, which is odd for a state that currently has the only universal health care system in the country. And one that is very similar to the national proposal. But if you look at what voters actually said, it seems more a rebuke of the way Washington has handled it than the substance of reform itself. From the New York Times story: I’m hoping that it gives a message to the country,” said Marlene Connolly , 73, of North Andover, a lifelong Democrat who said she cast her first vote for a Republican on Tuesday. I think if Massachusetts puts Brown in, it’s a message of ‘that’s enough.’ Let’s stop the giveaways and let’s get jobs going. It's not so much the health care bill itself, as the perception of the way government is acting. Maybe that's why the White House is pretending the health care bill had nothing to do with state Sen. Scott Brown's win. And it is why...

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