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Why Do Tea Partied Republicans Want to Destory America’s Military?

June 18, 2011
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Why Do Tea Partied Republicans Want to Destory America’s Military?

Listening to a Left, Right & Center podcast discussion (6-17-11) of Afghanistan this morning, I stumbled on a sudden realization: Tea Party Republican policies would eventually render the American military as incompetent as the current Afghan military. LRC’s host Matt Miller was describing current US military efforts to train up the Afghan military to stand…

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Cost of War Threatens More Americans than Terrorists Do

June 15, 2011
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Cost of War Threatens More Americans than Terrorists Do

Suddenly Afghanistan is closer and more dangerous At lunch I bumped into an old bike racing buddy, who tells me over a parting handshake that he is leaving for Afghanistan tomorrow to take a job with a defense contractor. The recession has devastated his small business. “Good money, I hope?” “Oh yeah,” he smiles. “Money’s…

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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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Anthony Weiner, Do Not Resign!

June 11, 2011
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Anthony Weiner, Do Not Resign!

Anthony Weiner should not resign, but Democrats in his district should start looking for another progressive voice with better personal judgement and mature self-restraint. I’ve been a big fan of Representative Anthony Weiner, who has been a strong voice in Congress for genuinely progressive causes. For an extensive list of Rep. Weiner’s voting history, check…

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Taibbi: Why I Can’t Vote For Ron Paul

May 15, 2011
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Taibbi: Why I Can’t Vote For Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s honesty and consistency stand out in a lineup of flip-floppers and opportunists, but that doesn’t make him right. I admire Congressman Ron Paul’s courageous stand against the wars and Iraq and Afghanistan and our sadly numerous other imperial adventures. I also agree with his efforts, working with progressive Democrats like Alan Grayson and…

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Stocks Are Up, Are You Feelin’ the Love?

May 14, 2011
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Stocks Are Up, Are You Feelin’ the Love?

Graph from The Haves and Have Nots of the Stock Market by Charles Hugh Smith. (H/T DylanRatigan.com) The stock market isn’t about building middle class wealth, and the middle class seems to have finally figured that out. The equity market is all about concentrating wealth and managing perception – if the top 10% is doing…

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Republicans Will Cave In Debt Ceiling Standoff

May 10, 2011
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Republicans Will Cave In Debt Ceiling Standoff

The debt ceiling standoff is political theater to provide cover for cutting assistance to the bottom 90%. WaPo article: Boehner demands ‘trillions’ in spending cuts in exchange for lifting debt ceiling The owners of the Republican Party would never allow their Congress to cause a US default: they have way more to lose than the…

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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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The Breakdown Examines US Targeted Killing Policy

May 8, 2011
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The Breakdown Examines US Targeted Killing Policy

Worth a listen: In his latest podcast of The Breakdown, Christopher Hayes talks with Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army about the evolving US fight against terrorism and how the killing of Osama bin Laden might affect the fight. Here’s Scahill on Democracy Now Jeremy Scahill discusses…

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Still Processing the News of Osama bin Laden’s End

May 5, 2011
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Still Processing the News of Osama bin Laden’s End

I’m a little slow on the uptake, so I’m still processing my thought on the killing of OBL. A couple of initial thought fragments: Our vast over-reaction to OBL and the terror threat has cost us dearly in the lives of soldiers, in dollars, ...

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