You can fool nearly all the people…

Take back our country from corrupt government and crony capitalism

Government Reform

Netanyahu opponents in the United States interfere in Israel’s election with far left free “Haaretz” offer from New York Times

The New York Times gives away a free digital email subscription, and while many of the articles seem one-sided or just obtuse, who can refuse another free daily email? I realize that this costs the Times money, but their goal is to add paid subscribers and increase circulation. Selling newspapers is a subject I adore, having once worked on rewrite for a newspaper with more weekday print circulation than the […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

GOP thrust to stop transfers between Social Security funds may open a path for new progressive benefits’ improvement

We learned today that there is too much money in the Social Security retirement fund and not enough money in the Social Security disability fund, so the Republican-dominated Congress seems determined to prevent transfers from the “rich” fund to the “poor” fund, allowing both to last until 2033. Otherwise, the disability fund would run out of money next year and the retirement fund would last, well, a lot longer than […]

Continue Reading →

Bankers, Drug Firms, corporations subsize New Democrat Coalition

This is a list of contributions more than $2,500 to the New Democrat Coalition PAC for the 2008 cycle, courtesy of Open Secrets.org. That’s the Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Melissa Bean, Rahm Emanuel and friends club. There is a legal $10,000 limit or I’m sure some groups would give far more. Additional money can go to candidates, or from individuals to the PAC or candidates. Briefcases full of money are […]

Continue Reading →