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Monday, June 26, 2017
Social Security
Congress, Paul Ruan

Why So Many People Loathe Congress

Speaker Ryan himself wallows in a mud pit of congressional entitlements that working stiffs couldn’t imagine: A $223,500 annual paycheck, free limousine and chauffeur, a maximum-coverage health plan, a tax-paid PR agent, lavish expense account, free travel… and, of course, a platinum-level congressional retirement program funded by the very taxpayers who’s Social Security he’s out to kill. Yet, Ryan wonders why Congress’ public approval rating is plummeting toward single digits.

January 26, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.

January 23, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, Trump

Trump Has To Rescue Obamacare Or Admit He’s A Liar

We should be finding ways to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. This is the conversation American policymakers need to be having right now. And we’re not going to let Trump or Congress forget it.

January 10, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

New Year’s Resolutions For Turning Trump Into A ‘Loser’

These are the ten resolutions to preserve democracy that I’ll do my best to honor in 2017. I hope you’ll find them useful as you do your best — which I’m sure will be better than mine.

December 26, 2016
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

How Paul Ryan Plans To Teach Scrooge A Lesson

Ebenezer Scrooge may be Charles Dickens’ personification of everything that is wrong with unfettered greed. But to Paul Ryan, Scrooge — with his estimated net worth of $1.6 billion — is a proud example of those job creators that he calls “small businessmen.”

December 19, 2016
Trump's Wall Street fealty signaled by hiring three top officials from Goldman Sachs

Wall Street Won Bigly By Running Against Wall Street

Wall Street loves Trump — as you can tell by the extended orgasm the stock market has been enjoying since he won. From his massive tax breaks for the rich to Republican plans to privatize everything from Medicare to roads to schools, the bankers won bigly.

December 12, 2016
Trump rabbit hole

Trump’s Rabbit Hole Is Getting Deeper By The Day

If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Trumpland these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside own, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination.

December 2, 2016
affordable health care and Medicare for all

Medicare: Trump’s Most Blatant Bait-and-Switch Lie

The champion of working people is setting about destroying every safety net. Why do Republicans want to destroy successful government programs?

November 19, 2016
Trump political 9/11

A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.

November 10, 2016
At the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington DC with Donald Trump

Review: Listen, Liberals! And Hear The Political Rage Of America’s Dispossessed

The clash of deeply felt racial and class grievances, compounded by cultural wounds on both sides of the identity divide, is crowding out the progressive brand of populism that America once had and so sorely needs.

November 6, 2016
Social Secuity

Beneath The Rancor, Social Security’s Future Is On The Ballot

Sixty-seven percent of registered voters rank Social Security as a “very important” part of their voting decision this year – just behind the economy, terrorism, gun policy and immigration, according to the Pew Research Center.

October 27, 2016
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Wingnuts! Veep Debate Revealed Extremism Of Pence’s Republican Party

Pence said women’s reproductive rights, upheld by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, would fall. He did not deny he was a proponent of privatizing Social Security and cutting Medicare while in the House and still favors those policies. He promised to cut taxes for the wealthy, and did not deny opposing minimum wage increases.

October 5, 2016

12 Ways Gary Johnson Is A Hardcore Right-Wing Radical

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has emphasized his support for marijuana legalization and touts an anti-war stance in an attempt to lure progressives to his cause. But progressives are likely less aware of his links to the radical right and the Koch brothers.

September 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama receives a hug after speaking about the economy during a visit to Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama Previews Role In Presidential Campaign As Attacker Of Trump’s Proposals

Obama called Trump’s proposals on illegal immigration “a fantasy,” and said that although Trump’s prescriptions would do little to help economic anxiety. “When I hear working families thinking about voting for [Trump’s] plans,” Obama said, “then I want to have an intervention. I want you to take a look at what they’re talking about here.

June 1, 2016
Director Ken Loach (L), Palme d'Or award winner for his film "I, Daniel Blake", reacts next to producer Rebecca O'Brien during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Ken Loach Wins Second Cannes Palme d’Or With ‘I, Daniel Blake’

“When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage,” Loach said. “We must say that another world is possible and necessary.” “I, Daniel Blake”, shows how Britain’s social security system conspires to drive a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle.

May 22, 2016
Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the audience at

Puerto Rican Bonds And The Small Investor

What prompted ordinary investors to put their savings into Puerto Rican bonds? But first let’s look at who is running the ads.

April 28, 2016
An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in Burbank

Door Closing On Social Security Strategy For Baby Boomers

A popular strategy known as “file and suspend” will be shut down for new participants after April 29.

March 9, 2016
Retirement Plan

Getting Started: Are You Saving Enough For Retirement?

Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age.

January 27, 2016
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Your Birth Date Affects How Social Security Change Affects You

The cuts to a couple of key Social Security claiming strategies — squeezed into federal budget legislation in October — continue to confound seniors, whether or not they’re actually affected by the changes.

January 6, 2016

How Divorce And Remarriage Affect Your Social Security Benefits

Are you entitled to some of your ex-spouses benefits? Generally, a subsequent remarriage takes away the ability to collect divorced spousal benefits, but there are very limited exceptions.

November 26, 2015
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Taking Social Security At 62: Is It A Good Idea?

I’m turning 62 this fall and looking forward to starting Social Security. My good friend told me it’s better to wait, but I’m eager to supplement my income. How do I decide?

October 23, 2015

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015

5 Reasons Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Power

What is being exposed is a Republican Party intent on proving itself incapable of and unqualified for power, as evidenced by both its acceptance of Trump and its wider embrace of destructive delusions. Here’s how Republicans have proven that they are unfit to lead.

August 24, 2015

Clinton Tells Organized Labor She Would Enhance Social Security For Some

Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors.

August 17, 2015

Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015