The political right is rejoicing over YouTube exposes of government programs. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter uses Bill Maher to illustrate the task ahead for any leader taking on the social welfare system in this country. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2kGPdxkofo
Their answer is to end programs like food stamps, medical assistance, subsidized housing and to expand public subsidies for job-creators, consumer-driven health plans etc . . . .
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Whether or not you buy my belief that the old “nothing down, forever to pay, and all of it deductible”inflationary economy is dead or dying, consider the prices you and I are paying for whatever it is/was. Job losses, employment benefit devaluation, home ownership devalued, transportation fuel costs, electricity inefficiency, education costs, health care and health insurance costs, property taxes, saving and borrowing costs, food prices, election and lobbying costs, environmental costs. You can make … Continue reading »
Louisiana Republican Governor Bobbi Jindahl complains loudly about all the rain water and soil runoff we northerners are sending to the Mississippi delta and demands more billions of federal tax dollars to offset the costs of spring floods on Louisiana, just as he complained about the failure of the federal government to stop BP and Deepwater Horizon from killing the Louisiana fishing industry.
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President Obama is now known as “President Whatever” in D.C. The president who was elected on the hope that he can lead to “change we can believe in” seems a victim of forces beyond his control. And the leadership for “change” has passed to Republicans, Tea Parties and voters who want someone to “shellack.”
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It may be this president sees the hand-writing on the wall of the possible. Republicans refused to support health care coverage expansion and payment reform. Why trust them, especially after the Nov 2010 election, to support entitlement reform? The president’s bipartisan commission on fiscal responsibility recommendations never made it into his FY 2012 budget. But once the Democrats and the White House cut a deal on FY 2011 spending, President Obama had to come out with … Continue reading »
When Social Security was 18 days from bankruptcy in 1983, we in Congress postponed the age of eligibility and raised social insurance taxes. We ended up doing much the same for Medicare by increasing the tax base. Because most other efforts to use payment reform of an out-of-control medical industry usually came to naught due to the ability of “the system” to generate more episodes of illness, more visits to the doctor and hospital, and more medical … Continue reading »