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Even a small third party would exert tremendous influence on economic policies with swing vote

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 sustains them – the wealthy. Other nations have third and fourth parties that concentrate almost […]

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Millions of white and black pupils in poverty need city services for neighborhoods, not gentrification

The number of children in poverty from Kids Count show 4.082 million African American, 5.225 million non-Hispanic white, and 5.814 million Hispanic. Half of the Hispanic total (an ethnic measure of origin in Spain or South and Central America, including Mexico) is half white race and half black race. Removing the ethnic division, the racial totals would be 6.989 million black and 8.132 million white. A common sense analysis says […]

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$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 the first $6,000 in healthcare costs in a year – having a baby is […]

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We should not use our Social Security worker contributions to pay for general welfare programs

The day after the President’s State of the Union address, many pundits are concerned with his reference to Social Security, a subject he continues to toss out as a bargaining chip with the GOP.   Social Security is a worker program that has been used as a welfare program. Our 13.4% contributions (you plus your boss) should pay for a decent pension when we get to 65 (why not 60?), […]

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Social Security benefits keep dropping…

While there has been much discussion about the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) and revising it upward so it affects fewer people, Social Security benefits have not received the same attention. The SSA website notes: Beginning in 1984, includes up to one-half of Social Security benefits as taxable income for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income, combined with half their benefits and any tax-exempt interest they may have exceeds $25,000 for a […]

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We need a third party with no pure social issue concerns

We need a separate political party that only focuses on economic equality – no social issues, idealogy, etc. – just plain fair taxes and benefits for the middle and lower class. With just a few votes in the Senate and a couple dozen in the House, this new party would wield enough power to move both parties to stop screwing the American people. Somebody can come up with a name, […]

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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 homeless vets as necessary, only because the public is reluctant to cut Medicare, Medicaid […]

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If Bush had been allowed to win another term as President, then:

We would have 150,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guantanamo Bay would be open. There would be no public option on healthcare, and policy costs would continue to rise. Seniors would face cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. DADT would be Pentagon policy. Wall Street would get all the tax breaks they wanted, paid for by the middle class. The Patriot Act wouldn’t be repealed. There would be no […]

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