Views for 2012-07-30

Monday, July 30, 2012
Dean Baker
The CEO Plan to Steal Your Social Security and Medicare
Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington...
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Margaret Nosek
Happy Birthday to Medicare
With all the commotion surrounding the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it would be easy to overlook an important birthday: Today is the 47th anniversary of Medicare, the public...
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Brendan Fischer
Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama Raises Funds Off Colorado Tragedy, Fleeces Contributors
On July 20, hours after the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama sent an email to supporters with the subject line "OUTRAGEOUS: Media Tries to Blame Tea Party...
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Medea Benjamin
Palestinian Rights Activist Victorious Over AIPAC Assailant
It is not every day that the voices for justice triumph over the actions of the rich and powerful, especially when it comes to the Israel-Palestine debate.
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Peter Dreier, Donald Cohen
Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?
President Obama's conservative opponents lambast him as a radical , a socialist , and a purveyor of class warfare .
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Brian Moench
ALEC: Hawking "Freedom" in Salt Lake City
As I write this, the infamous ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is meeting across the street from me in Salt Lake City's luxurious Grand America Hotel.
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Katie Robbins
Health Care Workers, Patients Lead Fight for Divestment from Corrupt Private Health Insurance Industry
In the midst of a fierce debate on the national level around the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, the Divestment Campaign for Health Care made its official debut.
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Chris Hedges
The Perversion of Scholarship
Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities. Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search...
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Donna Smith
Be Not Fooled, Insurance Companies Still Gaming the System
Has your insurance company called you recently to ask you to sign up for a wellness or disease management program? Has that same company told you it’s a free service to policyholders and promised you...
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Paul Buchheit
Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn't Funny
The privatization of public goods and services turns basic human needs into products to buy and sell. That's more than a joke, it's an insult, it's a perversion. It generally benefits only a...
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Carl Gibson
National Debt? There's No Such Thing
Imagine sitting at the kitchen table, stressing out over your family's finances. Between the student loan debt, the credit card debt, the car loan, the mortgage, the phone bill, the groceries,...
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Stephan Salisbury
Life in the American Slaughterhouse: Beyond Aurora, Guns Are Going Off Everywhere
Welcome to the abattoir -- a nation where a man can walk into a store and buy an assault rifle, a shotgun, a couple of Glocks; where in the comfort of his darkened living room, windows blocked from...
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Frances Moore Lappé
The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About
Could a narrow focus on Citizens United actually set back our drive for democracy? That's been a real worry of mine, but my thinking has been fussy. So I was relieved to see Matt Bai, the New York...
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