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The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda
Few political advisers would suggest running on a platform of open hostility toward the elderly. Most families include an older person, after all, and everyone who lives long enough will become older themselves someday. Seniors vote in greater numbers, too. That may be why the GOP isn’t openly...
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Old and Broke in America? It Doesn't Have To Be This Way, Says Sanders
'At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings,' argues presidential candidate, 'we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity.'
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Discarding the Elderly
Elder abuse is defined as "harmful acts toward an elderly adult, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect." Financial exploitation comes from the banking industry; neglect emanates from the halls of Congress; and emotions are...
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Divergent Visions: GOP Budget Plans Don't Line Up With US Priorities
New analysis examines how competing federal budget proposals rate in responding to the stated policy priorities of the American people
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Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way
Frank Underwood is known for deceiving people into acting against their own best interests. (We’ll miss you, President Walker.) Now we learn that this trait may extend to the series that features him. The greatest betrayals on “House of Cards” can be found in the misleading arguments, presented as...
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GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'
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We Could Keep Government Small if Only the Old Weren't Getting So Much Healthcare
McClatchy 's Kevin G. Hall ( 2/2/15 ) wants to drop some (conventional) wisdom on you: Few things defy gravity more than federal spending. In the nation's capital, what goes up does not come down. It goes up more. Well, yes and no. The US population grows every year, and its economy grows on top of...
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Social Security Disability Insurance: A Primer for Rand Paul (and Everyone Else)
Well, that was fast. Congress hasn’t been back even two weeks, and the conservative attacks on Social Security are already in full swing. As ThinkProgress reported last week, House conservatives kicked off the 114 th Congress—literally on Day One—with a midnight rule change that prohibits a routine...
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The Right Tries (and Fails) to Justify Its Assault on Social Security
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well. For details on the House’s action, we pointed yesterday to a number of...
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On Day 1, House GOP Rigs The Rules For The Rich, Against The Disabled
The House of Representatives wasted no time Tuesday in setting up schemes that are designed to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. House Republicans approved on late Tuesday a resolution of operating rules that include several pretty outrageous provisions, such as an authorization to...
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