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Defrosting The Denial - The Bitter Bite Of 700 Billion Deaths

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Conventional wisdom would suggest that Americans should be heartened by the plan to stabilize the struggling financial industry. We Americans like action as it soothes the angst created by a stock market in free fall, a housing industry in the tank, a shrinking supply of job prospects, and a general ...

The GOP Can’t Restrain Spending

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

For four years our GOP brethern had total power in DC and what did they do with it?  They bashed homosexuals.  Did they cut spending?  Did they cut welfare programs?  Did they keep government out of our lives?  Of course not, all they did was increase spending while tax revenues ...

What Can You Do With Three Trillion Dollars?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008



About that military budget George…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Our government uses the War On Terror as an excuse for any and everything military. As Robert Scheer notes in his writeup at TruthDig, the newest GAO report is a horrendous bit of reading that will chafe you hide or at the very least cause you to grind your teeth ...

National Self-Examination Day?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The NY Times posted this intriguing story about why we human beings inflict pranks, humiliation, and degradation on each other, the varied motives we have ranging from malice to a fond spirit of fun, and the different ways we react to being on the receiving end running the gamut from ...

Senate Committee: Big Oil Needs To Ante Up

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Could Washington actually be serious about reducing our dependence on foreign oil? In a move that seems to signal as much, the Senate Finance Committee moved forward with a bill that would impose 29 billion dollars in new taxes on the U.S. oil industry. The bill is designed to funnel ...

GWB’s AIDS Funding: Good News, Bad News

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

The recent announcement that President Bush would seek to increase his Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to 30 billion dollars...doubling the prior 15 billion dollar commitment...is by and large a very positive development in the battle to combat the disease. The additional money should provide much needed medication for over ...

And The Rich Shall Inherit America

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

President Bush presented his 2008 budget recently, and the numbers don't lie- to pay for his massive tax cuts for the wealthy and his ongoing war on whomever he considers a terrorist this week, Bush proposed cuts to programs that actually help the poor, needy, disabled and America's veterans. How's ...

Bush Calls For Balanced Budget OR Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

In a move worthy of Professor Marvel (aka The Wizard of Oz), President Bush is now calling for the new Democratic led Congress to join him in balancing the budget within five years. From a man who insists on 'paying' for his wars with money outside the normal budgeting process, ...

Crafting A National Pension Plan

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

(This is the second in a four part series on Social Security reform originally written in May of 2005. Part one was recently republished on Bring It On! here.) Opponents of a national retirement program, commonly referred to simply as “Social Security,” tend to take the view that each person is ...

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