Shredding the Safety Net

  Bernie Sanders (and others) are sounding the alarm. They see the Republican tax “reform” as the first step in attacking the social safety net. Here’s how it works. First, Congress gives the rich and corporations a massive tax cut that sends the national deficit soaring into the trillions. Then they use the deficit as a pretext […]
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The “Welfare Queen” Myth

  You may have heard the story: In Chicago, the authorities found a woman who used 80 names, 30 addresses and 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year. It originated with […]
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See No Evil, Hear No Evil…

Joe the bug man is a staunch Republican. As far as I can tell, his political position is based on a single issue: He has worked for everything he ever got and he doesn’t see why the government should pay others to lay about and do nothing. You would think that given his strong views […]
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Millions to Rich “Farmers” while Slashing Aid to the Poor

The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that about half of the $1.5 billion in farm subsidies distributed last year went to non-farmers. I’ve read this kind of report before. It is no secret that “farm” subsidies don’t go just to farmers. They also go to millionaires in major cities and tropical retreats – even in […]
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Democrats Who Cut Food Stamps Won’t Get My Vote

I have voted for Bill Nelson (above) for what seems like decades. But the senior Florida senator won’t get my vote next time. I have had it with Democrats who act like mean-spirited Republicans, and that’s apparently what Nelson is doing. I just signed a petition being circulated by a progressive group asking Nelson and […]
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The Key to Prosperity is Growth, Not Austerity

Obviously, spendthrifts will not thrive. My mother gave me a simple rule she advised me to follow, and it goes something like this: Income $20, expenditures $19 equal financial success; Income $20, expenditures $21 equal financial ruin.  She was right of course. I did not follow the rule, and I paid the price. But I […]
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Barack Obama: for the Good Guys or the Glory?

What does Barack Obama really want? Of course I don’t know. I am at the far fringes of political information, an inconsequential foot soldier who might be marginally useful in getting out the vote but by no stretch of the imagination am I “in the know.” So, I don’t even bother to read the “personal” […]
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