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Where The Money Really Is

If you sit and worry about how to save public money, it’s no mystery — go after the drug companies and health insurance mafia. That’s where real money is.

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False Equivalency: Tax Cuts Versus Entitlement Cuts

False equivalency rages through the political rhetoric, fanned by the transcribers of press releases (formerly known as “journalists”). No one seems able to call bullshit on what is transparently nonsense. To wit.

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Billionaire Whining: Pete Peterson Writes, Says I Don’t Understand Him

   I love it when billionaires feel misunderstood. It sounds something like this: “I’ve fleeced you or just piled up gobs of money at your expense but, gee, that really wasn’t personal, I’m really a good guy with all the right motives, if you could just see it my way because, well, my way is […]

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Capitulation II: Rep. DeFazio Writes Me, Clarifies Role in Stupendously Stupid Sixty

    Yesterday, I wrote about the monumentally crazy letter co-signed by 60 House DEMOCRATS, who, by adding their names to the letter, in my view, were embracing austerity, cuts in Medicare and a de-funding of basic government services. One of the signers of the letter, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), responded to my post. So, in […]

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Capitulation: 60 House DEMOCRATS Embrace Austerity, Sign-Off on Medicare Cuts, Defunding Government

   In today’s installment of stupidity, crass political calculations and the desperate need to be inducted into the Washington Post’s circle of Very Serious People, I present to you a list of 60 House Democrats who now say they are willing to lock arms with the people who seek to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security […]

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Joe Biden’s Time Better Used On Attending Funerals

    A thought crossed my mind reading today’s Wall Street Journal, and I offer this thought to the vice-president: if you have the choice of continuing the entirely pointless exercise of fanning the flames of the phony debt and deficit "crisis" VERSUS fulfilling the more traditional daily role of vice presidents who are sent to […]

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Cut Corporate Welfare, Not Medicare

    Yesterday, Bill Clinton foolishly called on the country to use the bank robber Willie Sutton’s maxim to address the debt "crisis" (which, in my opinion, is a phony crisis) by going where the money is. Foolish because Clinton pointed the finger at entitlements. But, the real place where the money is lies with […]

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Two Trillion In Corporate Welfare: Start Here

    Tomorrow, Peter Peterson is going to hold another one of his dumb national "fiscal summits" to further fan the flames of the phony debt and deficit "crisis"–a non-existent crisis that covers up the bigger problem of the widening divide between rich and poor. Since people want to talk about saving money, let’s start by […]

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People Believe Stupid Stuff When Leaders Regurgitate Nonsense

   I have a good friend who is always sputtering about "how terrible our educational system is because how can people think this?", whatever the preposterous "this" of the moment is. But, I see it differently. Sure, the stupid, mindless invective streaming from FOX News and much of the traditional press is central to framing […]

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Thank You!

    Ha! You wonder, why I would praise one of the people most determined to destroy a decent government? Because he may have single-handidly cratered the idiotic "Gang of Six". So, for that, he deserves praise.    The whole premise of the "Gang of Six"–Democratic Sens. Mark Warner, Dick Durbin and Kent Conrad and Republican […]

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Boehner Can Cry Now II: Catholic Leaders Don’t Like His Policies

     Earlier today, I wrote about John Boehner’s very loose connection to the actual facts of our economic crisis. Well, in the meantime, Boehner is in trouble with the facts and a whole bunch of Catholic professors. To wit: More than 75 professors at Catholic University and other prominent Catholic colleges have written a […]

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Toss Momma From The Train AKA Paul Ryan’s Budget and The Windfall For Insurers

    Yesterday, I wrote about how much money Paul Ryan pockets from the insurance industry–and how the health care part of the industry was going to make out like bandits in the Ryan budget proposal. This is worth digging into a bit more because you can learn very quickly how the Ryan budget truly boils […]

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Ryan Budget–Windfall for Insurance Industry, His Major $ Contributors

   Yesterday, I wrote that we should not "insult" Rep. Paul Ryan–but we should rip his scary, fraudulent budget to shreds with facts and a competing vision of America. So, to work: not that this would surprise anyone but Ryan’s biggest contributor to his campaigns has been the insurance industry–including the health care part of […]

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413=$1.5 Trillion

   Were you wondering whether the title refers to the cost to build 413 high-speed railway lines? Or perhaps 413 wind turbines to address global warming? Or maybe for $1.5 trillion you were thinking we could construct 413 new factories for businesses to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs? Nah. Here it is: we […]

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The Anti Public Option Pledge: No Health Care For Me!

Like my fellow American patriots, I refuse to sit by while the Nazi Marxist President sends storm troops of Dr Mengeles to pull the plug on millions of grannies. Just keep out of our persona lives. My health care is my business and it’s between me myself and I(nsurance companies.) Up until yesterday, I was […]

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Sen. Baucus: “Uniquely American” Is Not An Answer

A tried-and-true political tactic in this country to scuttle progressive progress is to explicitly or implicitly tar one’s opponent as "un-American". One can either do it in the darkest of ways–cue Sen. Joe McCarthy. Or, one can do it in a more subtle way by accusing one’s opponents of perhaps one of the worst transgressions–listening […]

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