The GOP push for a permanent aristocracy
Apr16

The GOP push for a permanent aristocracy

The GOP push for a permanent aristocracy By Dana Millbank Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — Give credit to Republicans in Congress. They’ve discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they’re no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans. On Tuesday...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Taxes
Apr15

What We Talk About When We Talk About Taxes

We have a real communication problem in America, and it goes far beyond hysterical, dishonest news outlets and the general ignorance of the American people. No; this communication breakdown goes to the heart of the federal government—and aristocrats’ pocketbooks. The Left and the Right frequently spar over taxes in this country: how to implement them, how much to demand, what a “fair share” looks like, and whether corporations should...

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Isn’t It Time?
Apr15

Isn’t It Time?

Republican candidates for president in 2016 are coming out of the woodwork and Hillary’s announcement that she is running makes it unlikely that any additional Democrats will pop up as candidates in the near future. From the look of things, America is going to be stuck with either an ultra-conservative approved by the Republican base, or Hillary. Isn’t it time for the nation to be given additional choices. Aren’t there other people...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations
Apr07

The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations

Advanced industrialized societies are slowly dying because of low fertility rates. The rates reflect the perceptions of women in these societies of how their lifestyles will be affected by having children. Fertility rates drop temporarily in times of economic hardships, wars or famines, but the current decreases in the industrialized nations have been consistent. At present, essentially no advanced society has women bearing children...

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Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest
Apr06

Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest

While it’s possible you haven’t yet heard of Tesla, the company best known for their mold-breaking automobiles, that probably won’t be true for much longer. With famed billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk at the helm, Tesla is looking to disrupt a number of major industries, including electric automobiles, home energy, and even privatized space travel. In 2013, Tesla’s Model S was named by Consumer Reports as the best car they’ve ever...

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Who Gets Credit?
Mar31

Who Gets Credit?

The Republicans have been howling since Obama was elected that his policies would prevent the economy from improving. They also railed against the Federal Reserve’s strategies, saying they would surely cause considerable inflation and do nothing to help the economy recover. Austerity was needed, the Republicans advised. America needed to cut its budget deficits and pay down the national debt or the economy would remain in the tank or...

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Why a Higher Minimum Wage Is a Matter of Human Dignity
Mar09

Why a Higher Minimum Wage Is a Matter of Human Dignity

Let me suggest something radical: The purpose of the Federal government is to safeguard the safety and dignity of its citizens. Surely this is something that both of our major political parties can agree on? Once upon a time I’d have said that it’s only our approach to this issue that differs from party to party, but I’m not convinced of that anymore. Frankly, our leaders no longer seem to believe that each human being is entitled to...

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Teheran’s wins in likely nuclear deal with US
Mar06

Teheran’s wins in likely nuclear deal with US

There are increasing signs that Teheran is moving closer to a nuclear deal with Washington because it has already scored some wins. A main reason for the likely deal is political will in Teheran and Washington. Iran’s Hassan Rouhani thinks the surest way for him to win the 2016 parliamentary elections is to convince Iranians that they will never again suffer draconian Western economic and financial sanctions. His boss, Supreme Leader...

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Suicide Among Middle-Aged Linked To Money Troubles
Feb27

Suicide Among Middle-Aged Linked To Money Troubles

Money influences many decisions in our lives, and more than a few people would say too many. Since 1999, suicide rates among middle-aged adults have risen nearly 40 percent, with a noticeable uptick since the financial crash. Now, a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds economic factors, such as loss of a...

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Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground
Feb24

Entitlements and Public Pensions- Still on Rocky Ground

In March of 1988, the cover and an essay in The New Republic depicted selfish “greedy geezers” draining America of resources that might be utilized in a more constructive fashion to provide growth and economic development. Funding of the entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security were leaving less money available to be spent on education and preschool activities, and the maintenance and expansion of the nation’s infrastructure....

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‘Envy’ vs. ‘greed’
Feb05

‘Envy’ vs. ‘greed’

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan values his reputation as a serious policy analyst and a genial soul. But he’s not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama’s budget is the product of “envy economics.” Ryan’s label invites a comparable description of his own approach, which would slash taxes on the rich while cutting programs for the poor and many middle-income Americans. If Ryan wants to...

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Threatening TTIP
Feb02

Threatening TTIP

With Greece’s new left government, it faces some serious questions concerning the state’s future solvency and economic health. As previously mentioned, Greece is on track to renegotiate terms, or at least attempt to, for its eurozone debts, which were incurred as a result of European and Greek fiscal policies of years past. More than a week after the Greek elections, attention is now turning to another issue. Recent...

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Leftist Surge in Greece?
Jan23

Leftist Surge in Greece?

On Sunday, Greece will vote on their government and leadership, which shall determine the course of the nation for years to come. Antonio Samaras, leader of the center-right New Democracy political party and Prime Minister since 2012, has carried out austerity measures, accepting bailouts and making severe budget cuts. While Greece’s economy may be in a better situation today, albeit only slightly, people are still receiving the...

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Achieving Republican goals
Jan22

Achieving Republican goals

Take a fresh look at what Obama has achieved during the past six years. “We’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health-care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.” Maybe a Republican politician would put it slightly differently — maybe with a sneer and some added self-congratulation. But there it is. The smart guy at the...

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Obama: Damn the torpedoes
Jan21

Obama: Damn the torpedoes

WASHINGTON — “This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him. He decided to deal with the Republican Party he has, not the Republican Party he wishes he had. Those ad-libbed words followed what...

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Obama Focuses on Income Inequality in State of the Union Address
Jan21

Obama Focuses on Income Inequality in State of the Union Address

Obama Focuses on Income Inequality in Annual Address Updated | WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the “tired old patterns” of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals. Dogged since the start of presidency six years ago by an ailing...

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What change sounds like
Jan19

What change sounds like

WASHINGTON — When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.” Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration “The Right to Rise PAC,” a nice play on words emphasizing his hope for a conservative revival and his promise to put forward ideas that would help “all...

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Cutting Off Your Nose- Congress At Work
Jan13

Cutting Off Your Nose- Congress At Work

The recent budget bill contained a number of items that were unrelated to the budget and helped special interests. Two received the most publicity. The first was the provision that provided large banks with continued protection from the federal government (and thus taxpayers) for derivatives trading. This practice was a factor in initiating the last recession and was supposed to be eliminated by the Dodd-Frank bill. But Wall Street...

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A Vast Number of  New Jobs to Be  Created in and by  New Congress  (Updated)
Jan06

A Vast Number of New Jobs to Be Created in and by New Congress (Updated)

Update: And this is no satire: As the New Republican Congress gets ready to vote on a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House is sending signals that President Obama would veto such legislation. While the bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Senate, it is not clear whether there will be enough votes to override a presidential veto. In the meantime, an article in The Hill states most clearly, in my...

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