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Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Reader: ‘Bernie Sanders Knows Politics Can Save Lives’

In a letter to The Guardian, a reader looks at the dark legacies of “economic hardship and social deprivation” and sees in Bernie Sanders, who lost several family members in the Holocaust, a presidential candidate who grasps that social security and empowerment can protect a population from the potentially deadly “seduction of scapegoating” minorities and the underrepresented.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Admits He Agrees With Bernie Sanders’ Economic Plans to Tax the Filthy Rich

Now that the “surging Sanders” is starting to reveal himself as a strong contender for the Democratic nomination in the polls, “The Daily Show” decided to give viewers a brief primer on who the Vermont senator is and what he stands for.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Like Many Americans, My Mom Has No Retirement Savings

“My plan is just to work until I die.” That’s how my mom sums up her retirement prospects.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s 7 Terrible Ideas (VIDEO)

These seven ideas for “a complete alternative to the left’s agenda” would harm most Americans. Speaker of the House Ryan is wrong.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



An Accounting Trick Is the Basis of Phony Claim That U.S. Faces a Public-Sector Debt Crisis

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi’s claim that “rapidly growing public sector debt threatens America’s economic future” is based on dishonest accounting rigged by congressional austerity hawks, reports The Nation.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women’s Issues

Sanders understands that women’s struggles can’t be compartmentalized into issue silos. That’s why he has long eschewed counterfeit gestures of “gender diversity” in favor of genuine social equality.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Expanding Social Security Is Step 3 in Saving the Economy

You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement. Baloney on both counts.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



Our Attitude Toward the Elderly Is Getting Old

Instead of dehumanizing our senior citizens, we should be prioritizing eldercare so that not just the rich can go out in comfort and dignity.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Thanks Nazis for Getting Congress to Agree on Something

Congress recently looked past its partisan grudges to pass a bill about Nazis. Yes, that’s right: Nazis.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE


GOP Gnaws on Social Security









Posted on Sep 23, 2014 ENLARGE



Student Debt Catches Even the Elderly

An estimated 2 million Americans age 60 and older are in debt from unpaid student loans, whether from money borrowed long ago or from more recent borrowing to fund degrees for family members. And some are having their Social Security payments garnished as a result.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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As the Media Get Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Why There’s No Outcry for a Revolution in America

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Work Until You’re Dead?

A sizable chunk of the adult population is going to punch a clock until they keel over in the office parking lot and get hauled off in the company dumpster. And those are the lucky ones, the so called baby boomers. By the time we get to the millennials it’ll be even worse because the economy will have been ravaged by 25 or 30 years of austerity leaving the proles to scrape by on hardtack and gruel.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE


2013 Stays









Posted on Dec 29, 2013 ENLARGE


Grinch Old Party









Posted on Dec 15, 2013 ENLARGE



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How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks

The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE


How Rich People Create Jobs









GOP politicians cut taxes for rich people and big corporations. Rich people use the money they would have spent on taxes to hire part-time, low-wage workers. Workers manufacture products for rich people to sell. Products don't sell because low-wage workers have little money, pension or social security. Rich people lay off workers and keep the money.
Posted on Dec 3, 2013 ENLARGE


Declining Social Security Benefits









Posted on Nov 26, 2013 ENLARGE


Elizabeth Warren: ‘Make No Mistake, There Is a [Retirement] Crisis’

After The Washington Post mocked the idea of Americans facing a looming retirement crisis, the inimitable senator from Massachusetts took to her chamber’s floor to remind us that talking about Social Security benefits isn’t about “math, [it’s] about our values.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Social Security’s Launch Was Also Botched

Plenty of government programs had rough starts, but no one remembers anymore; mysterious phallic sculptures are disappearing from a tourist site in Iran; meanwhile, America is nowhere near as diverse as we think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE


Health Care: Deja Vu All Over Again

Just as the Republicans in Congress are desperate to destroy the Affordable Care Act, their predecessors tried to kill Medicare in the 1960s and Social Security in the 1930s.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The ‘B’ Word: Republicans Fan the Flames of Ageism

With millennials up for grabs and Democratic front-runners getting older, boomer bashing is all the rage in politics.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE


Pecked









Posted on May 10, 2013 ENLARGE


Obama’s Wake-Up Call

President Obama got roughed up by the pundit class last week. The question is what lessons he draws from the going-over.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



Categorizing Women on Wikipedia

When female writers disappeared from the Wikipedia heading “American novelists,” more than a few eyebrows were raised; Pvt. Bradley Manning being revoked as grand marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade proves that the military-industrial complex rules all; meanwhile, another price-fixing scandal reminiscent of Libor is about to explode. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



Misogynist Much? Politico Attacks Times Editor Jill Abramson

Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s ‘Mixed Feelings About Old People’

The president gave wealthy Americans “a most generous reduction in their estate taxes” while telling Social Security beneficiaries “to live with smaller benefit checks,” William Greider writes in The Nation.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE



How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE


Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama Budget









Posted on Apr 13, 2013 ENLARGE


Eat Your Cat Food, Mrs. Robinson

The new cost-of-living index proposed in Obama’s latest budget is really a means to push lower living standards on people who need Social Security, University of Missouri economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama’s Social Security Move Breaks Campaign Promise

Remember when, running for president back in 2008, Barack Obama vowed never to cut Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustments? He seems to be having second thoughts.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Bipartisanship We Don’t Need

John Boehner, speaker of the House, revealed why it’s politically naive for the president to offer up cuts in Social Security in the hope of getting Republicans to close some tax loopholes for the rich.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

If we had a government capable of honoring the collective desire for more jobs, smaller deficits, more education funding, reduced reliance on fossil fuels and Medicare and Social Security benefits preserved, our future could be guaranteed at tax time in no time.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE


Compromise









Posted on Apr 11, 2013 ENLARGE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Submits Destructive, Unnecessary Budget Plan

The president is following through on his intention to abandon the welfare of elderly and disabled Americans in a budget deal that would cut $130 billion from programs like Social Security over the next 10 years, and that could starve the system in the long run.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



Write a Blog, Risk Going to Jail

Daniel McGowan, an Earth Liberation Front activist, was imprisoned last week for writing a HuffPo post; Fox News claims that Rutgers University firing its abusive basketball coach is evidence of cultural decline; and no, Bitcoin is apparently not the future of currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Republicans Dismiss Obama’s Budget Proposal

Thanks to Speaker of the House John Boehner and his fellow Republicans in the chamber, there is serious legislative opposition to the attack on Social Security that President Obama proposed in his budget plan this week.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE


Reich Decodes the Chained CPI

This week, President Obama proposed to reduce the national deficit by adopting a new formula for adjusting for inflation in Social Security payments. Robert Reich points out that it would be “stingier than the current one.” Frankly, it would destroy Social Security over the next two decades as prices for goods and services rose and the program wasn’t allowed to keep up.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Dismal Jobs Report and the Morning After Pill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the depressing jobs report, unrestricted birth control, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks and Social Security.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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