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And Now, the California Budget Cuts

What’s to be done about California’s budget woes? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting way back on spending on such superfluous concerns as “health, welfare, transport and the environment,” according to the BBC. But really, this’ll hurt him more than it’ll hurt ... oh, never mind.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE

States Ignoring Stimulus Welfare Fund

Congress created a $5 billion emergency fund for needy families that can be used to immediately create jobs or pay rent for families facing eviction, but many states say they can’t afford to take advantage of the windfall.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Itsuo Inouye

Election ‘Revolution’ Swings Japan to the Left

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has ruled for all but 11 months since 1955, but a stunning electoral defeat cut its representation in the Diet by perhaps hundreds of seats. The victor in all this, Yukio Hatoyama, called it a revolution and promised to take Japan from a corporate state to a welfare state.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Josh Anderson

That Good Ol’ Tennessee Socialism

Faced with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Tennessee has taken matters into its own hands. In a work project inspired by the New Deal, the state is using money from the federal stimulus package to create hundreds of jobs ranging from working for the state Transportation Department to baking goodies at the local pie shop.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Franco Folini

California Sees Red

Looks like Republicans are going to win out in California’s seemingly endless budget battle, despite holding a minority in the state Legislature. The deal lawmakers are inching toward favors Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desire to make the poor, the elderly and schoolchildren pay for the state’s financial crisis.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


Number of Welfare Recipients Rises Sharply

The number of people claiming welfare has gone up in 23 of the 30 largest states since last year. The biggest increases can be found in states with the highest unemployment rates. The new figures are troublesome considering how difficult it is to qualify for welfare, which caters only to the very poor. In a time of recession and few jobs, many others may be slipping through the cracks because they don’t qualify for help.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE

Democrats Aren’t Buying What Schwarzenegger’s Cutting

As if delivering the tagline of his latest movie, California’s governor announced to the state Legislature Tuesday that the “day of reckoning is here.” But Democrats are fighting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to cut funding for schools, the poor and sick children while refusing to raise taxes.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE

Our Justified Populist Rage

We are at the beginning of a great popular rebellion against those who showed no self-restraint when it came to lining their own pockets.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE

Gary Locke

Obama Takes Another Crack at Commerce

Fourth time’s the charm? Barack Obama’s two official picks to serve as commerce secretary both had to drop out. Another candidate withdrew her name before it was ever announced. Now the president is reported to have offered the job to former Washington Gov. Gary Locke. So who is he?

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE

TV News Makes TV Look Bad

A survey of stimulus coverage by Media Matters has found that watching TV news may actually shrink your brain. Well, that’s not fair, but it certainly won’t teach you much about stimulating the economy. That’s because the personalities that populate the airwaves—and not just Fox News—are given license to repeat untruths over and over again.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE

Bush and Paulson
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Republicans Bring Socialism to America

Let the record show that it was George W. Bush, the rich Texas Republican, who brought socialism to America, so don’t blame it on that African-American Chicago Democrat community organizer who made it into the White House.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


FactCheck Presents the Biggest Whoppers of Campaign ‘08

Time to relive the magic that was the 2008 presidential campaign—one big, outrageous prevarication at a time. delivers the “Whoppers of 2008,” courtesy of both Team McCain and Obama HQ.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE

Whatever Happened to Personal Responsibility?

Why is a welfare mother to blame for her poverty while Wall Street fat cats can count on the federal government for $700 billion?

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE

Ron Paul

Ron Paul on Dems, Immigration, 9/11 Conspiracies

And now, some news from the right side of the aisle:  Presidential hopeful Ron Paul chatted with conservative talk show host Steve Gill about his recent fundraising success, domestic and foreign policy issues, and 9/11 and its aftermath, blasting the neocons for using the Sept. 11 attacks to advance their agenda: “If the mafia attacks someone in this country, we don’t bomb Italy,” Paul said.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE

Ronnie’s Legacy

Many of our nation’s latest scandals, from the abject failure to rebuild New Orleans to the abuse of veterans at Walter Reed, are the logical result of a contempt for government so zealously implemented by Ronald Reagan and his political descendants.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE

Bush, Congress Cut Welfare Programs

New welfare rules written by Congress and the Bush administration are taking effect, denying assistance to the poor for education and drug addiction treatment.  The rules also require welfare recipients to work more hours a week, without providing additional child support subsidies.

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE

When Politics Defeat Science

A former FDA official reminds us that the White House is still forcing science to conform to the dictates of Bush-style fundamentalist Christianity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE

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