Jared Bernstein recently asked how we can move forward with economic change in this country. Mine was one of many fine answers: The political solution to your question is even more politics. Two parties that espouse different social value views, but the same basic economic principles, now also decide in favor of the class that … Continue reading Even a small third party would exert tremendous influence on economic policies with swing vote
$6,000 healthcare deductible lowers birth rate in the U.S. and keeps many from marrying
Some pundits have recently commented on other blogs that the birth rate seems to be declining among middle class citizens. In my opinion much of this terrible trend is caused by economics - newly minted healthcare insurance plans that no longer just require co-pays, but have a huge first contribution.When a family has to pay … Continue reading $6,000 healthcare deductible lowers birth rate in the U.S. and keeps many from marrying
MSNBC and Politico Unite (it seems)
Today, the news seems to be mirrors - MSNBC commentators, Politico writers and even the Huffy AOL, are arguing that entitlement cuts have to come fast, and that means the destruction of Social Security and Medicare.One of the most disgusting examples of this Pete Peterson type campaign was MSNBC introducing a segment on cuts for … Continue reading MSNBC and Politico Unite (it seems)
Your Retirement, Obama, the IMF, Greece and the New Democrat Coalition
Fareed Rafiq Zakaria is one of the top 25 most influential journalists, according to Forbes magazine, and as editor at Newsweek and host of a Sunday CNN talk-show, it's difficult to argue that selection. Another of the top journalists is Charlie Rose of PBS fame. And you can add Mort Zuckerman, owner of U.S. News … Continue reading Your Retirement, Obama, the IMF, Greece and the New Democrat Coalition
Iraq elections look like phoney, corrupt exercise
Preparations for elections in Iraq next month have been thrown into disarray by a row over a court ruling allowing hundreds of candidates to stand, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The candidates were banned because they are affiliated with Saddam Hussein's Baath party which ruled the country before the invasion in 2003. The … Continue reading Iraq elections look like phoney, corrupt exercise
White House and New Democrat Coalition – cut Medicare to subsidize world’s worst health plan
The new insanity is that instead of passing healthcare for all at no cost - the world standard - nitwits in Congress and the White House have decided to rape Medicare. One of the targets is home health care. The cuts are major and since the people involved are housebound, there is no danger of … Continue reading White House and New Democrat Coalition – cut Medicare to subsidize world’s worst health plan
Public option not open to everyone
The so-called public option in the House bill is not an alternative for anyone offered an employer's plan, or getting VA, Medicare or Medicaid. It is only allowed for people uninsured, and was one of many choices. The public plan would have taken years to implement under the House Bill, and was really an extra … Continue reading Public option not open to everyone
Ban books and internet sites – is that why 4,331 Americans died for Iraqi "freedom"?
The Iraq government decision to control the flow of information both in print and online have raised fears of a crackdown on free speech reminiscent of the regime of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein. AFP reports that a decision to screen imported books plus plans for Internet filters are being seen as a sign that the years … Continue reading Ban books and internet sites – is that why 4,331 Americans died for Iraqi "freedom"?