Tagged: Social Security

Finding the Right Bush

Finding the Right Bush

As a young reporter, I traveled across Canada with the late, great Tommy Douglas, and I can still remember how stirring his speeches were. His rhetoric was richly illustrated by anecdotes, and one of...

What the Rich Really Want

What the Rich Really Want

  As the Republicans who control Congress prepare to launch yet another attack on the less fortunate in America, you might be asking yourself what drives them. Now that they’ve looted our  nation’s Treasury to...

Shredding the Safety Net

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...

Social Security Under Attack

Social Security Under Attack

Ever since FDR introduced Social Security more than 80 years ago (photo above), Republicans have fought savagely to repeal it. Now, with a majority in the Senate as well as the House, they are finally poised to...

Bernie’s 12-Point Plan

Bernie’s 12-Point Plan

On the Senate floor last week, Bernie Sanders spelled out a 12-point plan to cure America’s economic and social ills. Needless to say the common-sense solutions fell on stony ground. The plan sounds so sensible...

The Threat to Medicare

The Threat to Medicare

I don’t think I could survive without Medicare. As an 80-year-old diabetic with a heart condition, failing kidneys and various other ailments, it would be impossible for me to afford the medical care I...

On a Cold Day in Florida

On a Cold Day in Florida

The sun is shining but the temperature is only 39 degrees Fahrenheit – in Florida! Not the kind of weather to warm the heart of a Jamaican. My thoughts turn to fellow-Jamaicans in the...

Elizabeth Warren Makes Sense

Elizabeth Warren Makes Sense

When I consider the likes of Toronto’s crack smoking mayor and that cocaine sniffing congressman from Southwest Florida, I despair for democracy. I am tempted to believe that only the scum of the earth get...

Barack Obama: for the Good Guys or the Glory?

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...

Campaign Against Social Security is Under Way

Campaign Against Social Security is Under Way

Score another victory for the right-wing PR machine. This morning’s headline in our local newspaper screamed that America’s Social Security fund is now “cash negative.” The story came from the Washington Post, which used...