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|Scott Walker loves unions
Scott Walker negotiated a 17% pay raise with a union that he asked the legislature to pass today. His GOP buddies laughed at him. Maybe they will laugh at him for some other things in the future. ...
I'm (sometimes) a grouchy old(er) white guy and there are many things that are making me grouchy these days. First, the DA and police chief are making grouchy old(er) white guys look bad, like fools ...
|Why FISA Judge Roger Vinson Must be Impeached
Judge Roger Vinson, the FISA judge who allowed the FBI to collect all phone records (Verizon for three months, but various folks have implied that he has allowed this to go on for a long time and ...
|Guaranteed job at $12.50/hr + benefits
Once upon a time, the United States actually cared about those without jobs. Humphrey-Hawkins set a standard. We have not met it and we are going further away from it every day. It's time to get rid ...
|This is NOT how to get out the vote w/ update
Greater Wisconsin has one of the most annoying mailings I have ever seen. They really needed to talk to some normal people before they decided on this.
|Corporate Executives Make Millions Failing
The Wall Street Journal notes today that there are many corporate executives who are basically being given bonuses for running their companies into the ground despite a law that forbids ...
|Bank too big? Make 'em shrink
The largest commercial banks in America, the ones that are too big to fail, each control between one and ten percent ...
|Walker's Fake Budget Repairs, Real Budget Damage
Governor Walker was supposed to present his budget for the 2011-2013 budget on Tuesday. The legislature gave him a pass, letting him get his homework in a week late. What does the governor have in ...
|Gates offers to cut Defense Budget too much for GOP (w/poll)
The BBC tells us that Gates cutting Pentagon budget by $78bn over five years . Well, that's not much, but it's a start. The ...
|The Rich Desperately Need Much Higher Taxes
It's time to raise the top tax rate to 50% and the tax on unearned income, including inflation-adjusted capital gains, to 70%. Oh, we also need to replace all deductions with a much larger zero ...
|[Wisc Sen] Ron Johnson writes Op-Ed in the Onion
I looked but was surprised not to find a diary on this. The Onion apparently gave space ...
|The GOP used to support the First Amendment
Ten years ago, the GOP would never have stood for the attacks on a congregation trying to build a new house of worship. Both houses passed the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons ...
|Folkbum running against Paul Ryan
I'm pretty sure this isn't an April Fool's joke, but since our long-time community member folkbum (Jay Bullock) hasn't announced it here, I'm not ...
|Greg Mankiw's April Fool's Day Diary is a Day Early
Professor Greg Mankiw of Harvard is generally conservative, but hasn't gained a reputation of being totally foolish, so I have to assume that ...
|AP Gives GOP Credit for Mandatory Insurance
The AP has a nice article by Ricardo Alanso-Zaldivar today about how a key portion of the health funding reform package was a GOP ...
|Pope Benedict's Disappointing Letter
Is there a reason that the US Conference of Bishops seems to be bureaucratic and more concerned about themselves and their perks than about the folks who are in the pews? Maybe they are just ...
|Anthem Blue Cross Loses Transplant Case
The LA Times is reporting that Anthem Blue Cross lost its jury trial concerning its unwillingness to pay for ...
|Cost Controls in Health Care (with poll)
The New York Times has an article about the inevitability of expanding cost controls in health care. The core of the ...
|Regulating Banks a Better Way
The New York Times has an article in today's paper about the fight over how to protect consumers while keeping banks ...
|Medical Malpractice is a Red Herring
The people who claim to advocate medical tort reform don't seem to understand what it entails. Aside from a half-dozen sociopaths, I'm not aware of anyone who is saying that doctors and hospitals ...
|Why Buying Health Insurance Across State Lines is a Bad Idea
Florida Insurance Commissioner Orders Several Companies and Individuals to Cease And Desist the Unauthorized Sale of Health ...
|Andreas Moritz, medical quack, finds a victim
We don't know how many people have died because they have listened to the very unscientific medical advice that Andreas Moritz has offered. Mr. Moritz has no medical training at all, but ...
|Better Democrats? We still need them.
It isn't only our nation's capitol that is infested with Democrats who either don't support moderate and progressive ideas or are willing to sell them out for promises from K Street. Wisconsin ...
|Illinois Corruption Continues (U of I edition)
The Chicago Tribune has a fascinating article about a U. of I. jobs-for-entry scheme . It seems that ...
|Catholics taken by Tom Monaghan in Ave Maria
The Naples Daily News has finished a ...
|How to feel better about managing bills you cannot pay
Debt is debt. It doesn't matter how you incurred it. It doesn't matter why you cannot pay it right now. Whether you are a victim of the economy, bad health, impulsiveness or any other reason, it is ...
|Forbes Magazine gives space to anti-science crowd
Forbes Magazine had a special report this week about Darwin, since the ...
|The Peril of Substituting Dogma for Thought
As has been commented on a few times here, our poor former Fed Chairman, as befuddled as Secretary of State Rice, came out with his "perfect" defense of his behavior since 1/20/2001. According to ...
|Buying Silence from Not for Profits
The Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending lost one of its members this week as Rent-a-Center, a company that charges outrageous rental ...
|"Health Insurance Mafia" [w/ poll]
Today, in the Wall Street Journal , generally firewalled, Jonathan Kellerman compares health ...
|Feds outsource services, some employees uninsured
How do you save money when dealing with low-level service employees? For more than 40 years, the Federal Government's response has been to outsorce certain service jobs under a 1965 law, called ...
|Have we got a deal for you
You may remember that a lot of people in America bought their homes using adjustable rate mortgages, even though fixed mortgages were near historic lows. Well, some local governments did the same ...
|Right Wing Talk: All about me. Will Democrats Benefit?
Right wing talkers want a Democratic victory because it makes their jobs easier and, they think, they will make themselves richer. Proving that they don't actually care about conservatives or values ...
|Nataline Sarkisyan front page on Wall St. Journal Tomorrow
The Wall Street Journal has a front page story (still firewalled?) about Nataline Sarkisyan ...
|Wal-Mart legally grabs employees accident settlement
Today, the Wall Street Journal has a great front page article about the effect of subrogation ...
|David Brooks discovers and approves more health insurance complexity
David Brooks discovers (firewalled) that the Brookings Institute is ...
|Hedge Fund Investors burned by Bankruptcy: Even the ones who cashed out
Bayou Investors went broke a few years ago because their founders defrauded the company. Some of the investors thought that they had smelled a rat in time. Yesterday, they found out that getting out ...
|The Supreme Court Rules again on Punitive Damages
The high court voted 5-4 to overturn the jury verdict, ruling it violated earlier high court decisions on limits to punitive damages. The decision could further curb the size of product ...
|Unfettered Lies: RNC's Mike Duncan Edition
Apparently, it's okay to lie if you are the RNC Chairman: They call it their 'slow-bleed' plan. Instead of supporting the troops ...
|Gutting the FMLA: Your Rights on the Line
For those of you with access to Times Select, there is another excellent essay from Judith Warner letting us know that the Department of Labor is ...
|Avoiding Foreclosure (with poll)
The Wall Street Journal reported behind its normal firewall today on a rising problem, and how nice the banks are being in dealing with it. As the number of borrowers falling ...
|Farmers and the Problem with Subsidies
Food is cheap in the United States. The percentage of U.S. disposable income spent on food prepared at home decreased, from 22% in 1950 to 7% in 2000, even if we add back the roughly 7% of our ...
|$8,648,806,491,911.59 [with poll]
That is the federal debt as of December 14, 2006. Your share is almost $30,000. You can check on it every day if you like at the Bureau of the Public Debt'...
|Bernanke Gets Religion on Fiscal Discipline?||freelunch||10/04/2006||7||5||-||-|
|Housing Sales Slowing: How Bad?||freelunch||09/25/2006||24||8||-||-|
|Ponzi Redux: The Pinnacle of Housing Greed||freelunch||09/21/2006||4||5||-||-|
|Another $68 billion in IOUs||freelunch||09/12/2006||18||4||-||-|
|Census: 2005 Income Poverty and Health Care Coverage||freelunch||08/29/2006||4||4||-||-|
|The Housing Marsh||freelunch||08/23/2006||3||3||-||-|
|More Lies from the Discovery Institute||freelunch||07/31/2005||6||7||-||-|
|Still Missing the Point||freelunch||07/09/2005||1||-||-||-|
|No Timetable? No Plan! (with poll)||freelunch||06/24/2005||4||-||-||-|
|Business Reform: One Bite at Limited Liability||freelunch||04/24/2005||1||2||-||-|
|Enemies of Christ||freelunch||04/15/2005||10||8||-||-|
|Come save me Costco!||freelunch||01/29/2005||16||-||-||-|
|The Register tears the red states a new one||freelunch||11/07/2004||14||3||-||-|
|A Model Debate||freelunch||10/22/2004||4||1||-||-|
|Feingold debates Michels||freelunch||10/01/2004||5||1||-||-|
|New Column on the Hamdi Farce||freelunch||09/29/2004||1||-||-||-|
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