Tag Archives: demographics

Don’t Let Government Touch My Medicare

Thomas Jefferson: “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Paul Krugman: 44 percent of Social Security recipients, and 40 percent of Medicare recipients, believe that they don’t benefit from any government social program. Medicare Recipients … Continue reading

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The Not-Quite-So-Big Easy

Louisiana, Louisiana They’re tryin’ to wash us away They’re tryin’ to wash us away. –Randy Newman The population of New Orleans, post Katrina, has dropped by 29%. This figure obscures the whitewashing of New Orleans: The city has 118,000 fewer … Continue reading

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Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Lies

When making the case for repeal, GOP leaders insist that the reform law will cost the economy “650,000 jobs.” Republicans even published a report of sorts, claiming that the 650k number is the result of “independent analyses,” most notably from … Continue reading

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One of Eight

from Daily Kos :: State of the Nation Do you think violence against the current American government is justified or not? Justified Not justified Not sure All 6 82 11 Tea Party 13 75 12 According to this poll, just over … Continue reading

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The Bottom Keeps Dropping

Over the last 15 years, more than half of income growth was captured by the top 1% of incomes. (See A Billionaire Urges Us to Support His Coup | Notes from The Pondonome) And the bottom keeps dropping. Even at times … Continue reading

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The Poor Can Be Helped

If they are helped directly,with conditional cash transfers. It’s certainly rare to find successful social programs in places where laws and institutions are very weak.  But conditional cash transfers have features that allow them to work even in badly governed … Continue reading

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Frank Herbert is Pissed

If you’re still having trouble deciding whose side the Republicans are on, just keep in mind that the House G.O.P. bigwig Darrell Issa sent a letter to 150 businesses, trade groups and think tanks asking them to spell out which … Continue reading

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