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In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. -- - Confucius -- An OP-ED by William Rivers Pitt


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Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 2:11 pm

"The biggest problem with the American Dream is the fact that it makes people believe they will be rich someday, even though it is almost completely certain that won't happen."

"Medicare is threatened, and voices are raised in rage.

Medicaid is threatened, and there is hardly a whisper of dissent. Even the Democrats, self-styled as the defenders of these excellent programs, are standing mute in the face of savage cuts to this all-important program.

No more half-a-loaf politics, I say. If we can defend Medicare, we can defend Medicaid, for one is no more or less important than the other. Medicare has its heavy-hitting defenders, but no one appears willing to stand for Medicaid, and for the poor and needy who are sustained by it."

A very good read by Wiliam Rivers Pitt.


Terry King (113)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:14 pm
Donation made... Why aren't we hearing screams of "Death Panels" over the gutting of Medicare and Medicaid?

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:39 pm

The deals are struck and the bell has tolled! The so called "gang of five" have made the compromises that will pull the republicans fat from the fire and sink the idea of equalization of the tax system. Thanks Terry.

Caitlin M (104)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:46 pm
I liked this article. It gives us hope that 2012 may really turn back the tides of elections to the Dems while also pointing out what is mentioned in Kit's comment above. It's a good question: Why has all the backlash occurred to Ryan's budget proposal regarding Medicare, while little backlash has occurred about the defunding of Medicaid. Medicaid is Medicare for the younger citizens of the country. Both should be equally protected, so those of us who yell about Medicare should also be as protective of Medicaid. Thanks, Kit.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 5:51 pm

Absolutely Caitlin, and few are better wordsmiths then William Rivers Pitt. If he can't bring it home to people then they either don't read him or do live under a rock. As fellow citizens we have a responsibility to one another. Sure it would be great if we could meet that responsibility one on one - that is just unrealistic so we have a right to expect our tax money to speak for us.

Bonnie B (103)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 7:33 pm
Thanks, Kit. There are actually a few moments in the day when I dare to hope that the Republican Party has done itself in.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 21, 2011, 7:37 pm

Nah, they are constantly changing and re-shifting their goals. Today it's Medicare - that turned out to be a big mistake so it will be left on the back burner as they change goals for the purpose of the election.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 9:08 am

Here is how we cut spending, curb the deficit and protect vital social programs. Don't look for the republican/T's to be talking about this.

A modest menu of corporate welfare cuts that deficit-obsessed politicians can choose from - cuts that would not require a single dime to be slashed from social programs, schools, Medicare or other investments in people.

Estimated savings from enacting the whole list: over $2 trillion

End Big Oil and Big Gas Tax Breaks
2011-2015 savings: $80 billion (Taxpayers for Common Sense).

Big Oil has made almost $855 billion in profits in the past decade. There is no need to give such a profitable industry a tax break.

End Deferral of Taxes on Income of U.S.-Controlled Corporations Abroad

2011-2015 savings: $199 billion
Encourages off-shoring of work and capital.

End Accelerated Depreciation on Equipment
2011-2015 savings: $141 billion.

Accelerated depreciation can result in a very low, or even negative, tax rate on profits from a particular investment.

End Deduction for Domestic Manufacturing
2011-2015 savings: $76.7 billion.
Provides virtually no benefit to the economy and is blatant corporate welfare.

End Last-In, First-Out Accounting (LIFO)
2011-2015 savings: $24.2 billion.
Corporations use LIFO to hide their true profits.

***Cut Subsidies to Big Agribusiness: $52 billion (Taxpayers for Common Sense).
Small farms are disappearing while big agribusiness racks up huge profits—with corporate welfare support.

Permit Government to Negotiate Drug Prices for Medicare. Savings 2012-2021: $157.9 billion. (Congressional Progressive Caucus).
Barring government involvement is an indirect corporate subsidy.

End Tax Breaks For Drug Companies. 2011-2020 savings: $50 billion (estimated based on figures from Rep. Jerold Nadler).
Stops a $5 billion-a year annual tax break for direct-to-consumer advertising. We should pay for drug companies to market to us?

Enact A Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee. 2012-2021 Savings: $70.9 billion. Imposed on largest banks as a repayment of corporate welfare extended via bank bailouts for financial crisis precipitated by banks.

Enact a Derivatives and Speculation Tax. 2012-2022 savings: $650 billion. Wall Street receives indirect corporate welfare/subsidies via a regulatory system and infrastructure investment for which it pays virtually nothing. A very tiny transactions tax will end the corporate welfare.

Cut Military Budget 2011-2020 Savings: $550 billion (Sustainable Defense Task Force).

We have identified $2 trillion in Corporate Welfare that can and should be eliminated immediately:

•Big Oil and Big Gas Tax Breaks: $80 billion

•Deferral of Taxes on Income of U.S.-Controlled Corporations Abroad: $199 billion

•Accelerated Depreciation on Equipment: $141 billion

•Deduction for Domestic Manufacturing: $76.7 billion

•Last-In, First-Out Accounting (LIFO): $24.2 billion

•Subsidies to Big Agribusiness: $52 billion

•Negotiate Drug Prices for Medicare: $157.9 billion

•Tax Breaks For Drug Companies: $50 billion

•Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee: $70.9 billion

•Derivatives and Speculation Tax: $650 billion

•Wasteful Military Spending: $550 billion

By ending Corporate Welfare, Congress can afford to do what the American people want - create jobs and protect Medicare - and still reduce the federal deficit.

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 9:20 am

We can still hope.

. (0)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 10:09 am
noted with thanks, Kit!

Mary Anne Bell (202)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 2:34 pm

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 22, 2011, 4:03 pm
Current 2011 figures show almost 70 MILLION people are on Mediciad combine that with the 55 MILLION that have no health insurance at all that means without Medicaid we'd now have 125 MILLION Americans without no medical care.

With a population of appox. 310 Million citizens that would mean appoximately one third of the USA would have NO medical coverage.

So you are right Terry, why isn't this called a Death we stand now 45 MILLION American DIE each year solely because they have no medical care. Now in a so called Land Of Plenty I find these statistics aborrent.


KS Goh (0)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 5:40 am
Thanks for the article.

Wayne W (12)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 2:22 pm
Nice job Kit. The elimination of special tax breaks for hedge fund managers would yield substantial revenue.

No doubt the items on your list would help, but the biggest thing though is to get the middle class and the unions back in the game. We've had better than 30 years with flat income for the great majority of Americans. There have been relentless attacks on America's workers, union and non-union, public and private, none fiercer than right now, in an endless search for cheap labor. That tactic is increasingly dangerous because the middle class no longer has sufficient income to sustain the economy.

In this article with another take on the budget, there is a comment by 68Namvet that explains it well:
"At some point, we are going to learn that HIGHER tax rates drive more economic growth than lowering taxes."

Wayne W (12)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 2:24 pm
Dandelion G, I'm on your side in this, but please re-check that 45 million figure. There's this article from the CDC that shows there were only 2.4 million deaths in the US in 2007. Your main point though is still valid.

Andrea Connelly (94)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 2:31 pm
Truth will out, never mind the section!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 3:39 pm
Thank you Wayne for pointing out the 45 MILLION was incorrect......
I had been writing that 70 Million were on Medicaid
55 Million had no health care at all
that was a total of 125 I had million on the brain.......

I did mean to state 45,000 (thousand) NOT million

I got my statistic from Harvard Medical Study......

Thanks for pointing it out.......I've had my 3 year old grandchild all week I think my mind is getting tired. I know the body

Mary L (132)
Thursday June 23, 2011, 6:03 pm
OK Kit, I'll move back to Texas and vote for you! Only for you would I do that. It's a question of Medicare recipients who don't need Medicaid they got theirs and given what I swa at the Tea Party rallies in the past that's all they think they care about. They aren't thinking of the lady from church who is barely making it and the fact that she might need Medicaid. Or the kids who aren't getting super sick because they can go to a doctor not an ER. It's a question knowing real people not just numbers.
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