Well, it looks like there is a new push on in the long term destruction of Social Security today. Now, I usually write about the plight of the long term unemployed and underemployed but I am getting close to Social Security eligibility so decided I would discuss the anti Social Security effort today.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday January 18, 2013 2:07 pm|
President Obama has opposed waterboarding as torture since the 2008 campaign – so why is he sending the man who helped shed light on that practice to prison?
Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who helped expose the Bush administration’s torture program, recently plead guilty to sharing the name of a colleague to journalists to use as a source. He is expected to receive a sentence of 30 months in prison.
It’s a cruel irony that the first agent connected to the CIA torture program to go to prison is the whistleblower who spoke out against the heinous practices of our government.
|By: dakine01 Tuesday October 9, 2012 8:00 pm|
What I find most ironic about these CEO deficit hawks complaining about the “uncertainty” that is hurting the economy is that they are the ones responsible for helping to create said uncertainty to begin with.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday October 6, 2011 10:21 am|
I’m at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC with Jon Walker and Kevin Gozstola, where we’ll be livestreaming the occupation.
|By: dakine01 Thursday May 26, 2011 6:00 pm|
I think the economists are making it all up as they go along. I’m not sure any group of people can be so consistently wrong on so many levels.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday December 23, 2009 9:45 am|
I’m pleased to announce the launch of Firedoglake’s Health Care War Room. This war room will serve as a hub for policy information and organizing opportunities run by FDL.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday December 21, 2009 7:22 am|
FDL has become the go-to place for coverage of the health care bill due to the work of our incredible team.
So, I asked them to help make it simple: how do we let people know what’s going to happen to them if the Senate bill passes? Everyone put their heads together and came up with a list:
Top 10 Reasons to Kill Senate Health Care Bill
- Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
- If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
- Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
- Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
- Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
- Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
- Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
- Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
- No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
- The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
|By: Michael Whitney Tuesday December 15, 2009 12:15 pm|
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday October 22, 2009 9:41 am|
The FDL Action phonebank is live now. You can start calling progressive Nevada Democrats now and ask them to contact Harry Reid and tell him to put a public option in the final Senate bill. Slinkerwink is up on DailyKos and says “Let’s go deliver the cure for the spine flu to Senator Harry Reid!” [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday October 22, 2009 7:17 am|
Today the FDL Action PAC launches an online phone bank effort to call 40,000 of the most progressive Democrats in Nevada, asking them to contact Harry Reid and let him know they support a public option. As Senate Majority leader, it is Harry Reid’s choice and his alone to include the public option in a [...]