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Backlash To Right-Wing Extremism Begins With 2011 Elections

November 9, 2011
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Backlash To Right-Wing Extremism Begins With 2011 Elections

Backlash to the right-wing mania that swept the country in 2010 has picked up serious momentum with the 2011 off-year election results. Sanity and the wisdom of the 99% scored three big wins in yesterday’s elections: Ohio voters overturned the anti-union bill pushed by Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature. Mississippi voters…

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Taiwan Rejects American-Style Health Care, Achieves 99% Coverage, Saves Money

June 11, 2011
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Taiwan Rejects American-Style Health Care, Achieves 99% Coverage, Saves Money

Taiwan switched from US-style private health insurance to Canadian-style single-payer system, increased coverage from 60% to 99% and cut cost.  Back in 2009 the Anne Underwood writing for The New York Times interviewed William Hsiao, a professor of economics at the Harvard School of Public Health, who advised the Taiwan government during their 1990′s health…

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Why Your Health Care Costs So Much

May 9, 2011
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Why Your Health Care Costs So Much

Why is health care so expensive in America? Hint: It ain’t TORTS, it ain’t illegals, it ain’t because we’re fat. [Tip of the Hat to Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture, who always builds or finds the coolest graphs. #nerd] Via: Me...

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Progressive Budget Plan Eliminates Deficit Long Before GOP Or Obama Plans

April 27, 2011
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Progressive Budget Plan Eliminates Deficit Long Before GOP Or Obama Plans

The Progressive Caucus budget plan begins reducing deficits immediately and achieves a budget surplus by 2021, without cutting Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, or TRICARE (health services for military, VA, dependents). You wouldn’t know it from watching the so-called “liberal media”, but the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party put together a budget plan (link here) that…

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McClatchy-Marist Poll: 70% of Tea Party Oppose Medicare Cuts

April 23, 2011
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McClatchy-Marist Poll: 70% of Tea Party Oppose Medicare Cuts

The latest McClatchy-Marist poll (4-18-2011) finds that strong majorities of registered voters would raise taxes on incomes over $250,000 and not cut Medicare when addressing budget deficits. 64% of registered voters (83% of Democrats, 43% of Republicans, 63% of independents, 45% of Tea Partiers) favor raising taxes on incomes over $250,000. 80% of register voters…

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So You Think You’re Getting Screwed?

March 20, 2011
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So You Think You’re Getting Screwed?

Yep, You’re Getting Screwed. NEWSFLASH: If you earn your living in the form of a paycheck, rather than bonus, stock options, dividends and capital gains, America doesn’t work for you. PolicyGrinder.com Notes: Reaganomics took the country in the early 1980′s, has not let go after 30 years of failure. The Economic Policy Institute produced the…

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Sweden – Socialist Mecca, Beats U.S. In Competitiveness

March 11, 2011
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Sweden – Socialist Mecca, Beats U.S. In Competitiveness

Damn those socialists with their universal health care, unionized labor, spread wealth, and financial regulation, they’re kicking our competitive asses! According to the Word Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, Sweden has passed the U.S. in good ol’ red-blooded down-home globalized bidness competition. Other evil socialist regimes that make Glenn Beck’s head explode, like Germany,…

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