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Medicare and Social Security: Reforming the Ponzi scheme

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Medicare and Social Security are on unsustainable fiscal paths With few in Congress serious about reform, taxes will have to be raised substantially on future generations Free-market solutions are viable and can be implemented now No reform means our kids, grandkids will suffer economically Committed liberals are just about the only people who don’t know how badly government entitlement programs are bleeding ...

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Unemployment: More benefits, less incentive

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By Charles Greene It’s a cornerstone of conservative economic philosophy: by creating incentives for the workforce, the economy benefits as a whole. The theory further states that, when you eliminate disincentives, unemployment rates will drop. It appears that when put into practice, the theory holds true. At least that’s what a recent study by the Federal Reserve seems to indicate. ...

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The abject failure of the ‘Great Society’

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By Charles Greene When Lyndon B. Johnson unveiled his vision for the Great Society five decades ago, it is doubtful that even he had any idea of the long-term costs it would engender. It’s also difficult to imagine that he envisioned the negative socio-economic impact it would have on the millions of families who have since become totally dependent on ...

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VA Whistleblowers Face Illegal Retaliation Amid Scandal

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Wither, the Veteran’s Affairs Whistleblowers In contrast to how veterans were treated when they returned home from the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, today’s veterans – though returning from an increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan and, before it ended, Iraq – have been viewed by the American public with far more reverence and respect. Perhaps the nation learned a lesson from ...

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Income Redistribution Buys A Lot of Votes But Doesn’t Help The Poor

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Barack Obama and Democrats have an unspoken rule: “It’s my way or the highway.” This has become increasingly obvious in the years since Obama has been president and Democrats have been in control of the Senate.  The prime example was the passage of Obamacare, despite the fact that 80 percent of Americans said at the time they were satisfied with ...

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Number of disabled Americans rivals the population of Cuba

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NEW RECORD: 10,996,447 American on disability benefits The total number of disability beneficiaries in the United States rose by over 15,000 last month, setting a new record, according to to a recent report from the Social Security Administration. To put that in perspective, that’s more people on disability than the populations of Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, and is now closing in ...

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No Prison Left Behind: a low blow to higher education

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There is some good news and some bad news regarding state taxes.   The good news – for state tax collectors, anyway – is that the Great Recession, which led to massive job losses fed by depression within housing and financial sectors, is long past. State tax revenue rose 6 percent last year, according to Bloomberg News, which was the ...

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