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Archive for February 2015

Politico comments section includes hate-filled remarks on “these slimy stinky thieving disgusting Jews who rob us blind”

Magazines and websites are known by the company they keep, but the comments section seems immune from editors at Politico.com. The following example is from yesterday’s Politico website on just one article from just one commentator. This appeared, believe it or not: ” Really, how can we Americans not love these slimy stinky thieving disgusting Jews who rob us blind. I just don’t see it. And can you please let […]

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If we extend Social Security benefits to the richest, we can stop fiscal hawks’ insane crusade to raise the retirement age to 70

Under the current Social Security rules, anything we do that creates a higher percentage of low paid workers than currently, results in a larger deficit for the entire government pension system and hastens the day when less money is paid into FICA taxes than is paid out in benefits. The reason: Social Security has been “adjusted” many times by politicians to become an extremely regressive program. As a result, the […]

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Two political parties with same fiscal plan prey on middle class

The federal government elections are winner takes all, which means the tiniest majority insures the elected party powers, as though everyone voted one way. Many other nations use proportional representation. In those systems if one party gets 75% of the vote, it is awarded 3/4 of the delegates to the governing body, and the minority party or parties gain 1/4 of the representation. Proportional, or true democratic elections, insure that […]

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a boon for corporations, blatant welfare for companies that underpay their workers

It’s budget season time again. The Washington Post and NYT have already published their obligatory stories on why we need to “reform” Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, because if not, we won’t have hardly any money left to spend on military and discretionary programs. Fox and NBC stations this week said we must “deal” with the budget deficit caused by “entitlement spending.” Paul Ryan has agreed, and so has the […]

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