Begich Running to Obama’s Left in a Red State Because of Social Security

By: Monday April 28, 2014 10:58 am

For decades Democrats had an advantage with seniors but that trend completely reversed after Obama took office. Republicans now have a noticeable edge with voters over 65. Obama can get away with this in a Presidential election because at the same time Democrats have developed a huge advantage among young voters — but it has created a huge problem for Congressional Democrats in mid-term elections with much older turnout.

While there are several reasons for Republicans gaining a big edge with seniors during Obama’s tenure much of the blame has to be put on his aggressive push to make senior citizens’ lives worse by cutting Social Security benefits. Despite the idea being extremely unpopular Obama insisted on putting chained-CPI in his budget.

 

How Marijuana Legalization Could End up Saving Democratic Control of the Senate

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:02 pm

Thanks to a strange series of coincidences marijuana legalization could now be what helps Democrats narrowly maintain control of the Senate — even though not one Senate Democrat is willing to publicly support this popular change yet.

“Singing in Tongues” Youtube in Steambath by GOP AK Senate Primary Candidate May Complicate Race

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00 am

Alaska blogger, journalist and writer Amanda Coyne has posted a Youtube of one of the four GOP Alaska U.S. Senate Primary candidates. In it, the longshot entry in the four-way race may have inadvertently helped her low budget campaign more than anything she intentionally produced might have done. In places, candidate Kathleen Tonn sings in tongues. She sings in a steam bath, joined at the end of the video by her friend, Suzie:

U.S. Coast Guard Investigation on Shell Alaska Drilling Rig Turned Over to U.S. Department of Justice

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 7:52 am

In the first of what may become a cascade of U.S. government announcements, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that they have turned their findings on the drill vessel Noble Discoverer over to the U.S. Justice Department:

Mark Begich’s Plan to Stop the Effects of Inequality on Social Security Finances

By: Friday November 16, 2012 2:50 pm

I will be on Mark Thompson’s Make It Plain show on Sirius/XM – I’m actually on every Friday – and we tape early, so I can tell you that one of the things I’ll talk about is how Social Security’s long-term funding is an artifact of rampant US inequality. See, we have a payroll tax funding Social Security that gets capped at around $113,700 a year. That means that every dollar above that cap gets untaxed to pay for Social Security. When inequality widens, as it has, more and more compensation goes untaxed, draining the Social Security system of funds. Historically speaking, at least 90% of compensation gets captured by the Social Security system. Today that’s down to about 82%, the last I read.

So to the extent that Social Security needs to be fixed – and by “fixed” I don’t just mean brought into a 75-year balance, but made more adequate so less seniors slip into poverty – you need to raise that tax cap and capture more income. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) has an excellent piece of legislation that would do just this.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Social Security Benefit Cuts “Off the Table”

By: Friday June 17, 2011 1:30 pm

I asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz about all this today, as she greeted attendees at Netroots Nation. She was fairly blunt. “I will tell you that benefit cuts are not on the table,” she said. “They’re not on the table for me and they’re not on the table for our party in the House.”

Obama Opens Part of National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to Leases for Drilling

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 11:11 am

President Obama announced in his weekly address a plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling. Through an executive order, the President would also extend leases in the Gulf of Mexico for oil concerns that were subject to the moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster, as well as speeding up evaluation of resources in the Atlantic, extending other leases in Alaska and building incentives for oil and gas companies to use land they own on existing leases on land and sea.

Landrieu, Begich Defend Big Oil Subsidies

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 6:55 am

It was inevitable that oil-producing states would get representation like this. And yet every state is a gas-consumer state. Every state is a taxpayer state. Every state has constituents who give their money to the government so a sliver of it can be handed over to the same billionaires who charge $4 a gallon for gasoline. And these billionaires are the same people who think being denied that corporate welfare is actually un-American.

In Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich’s Brother Explains How Scott McAdams Can Beat Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski

By: Sunday October 10, 2010 4:40 pm

Alaska artist and political wonk, Tom Begich, was on Moore Up North today. Tom is U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s brother. Along with brother Dr. Nick Begich, Jr, Tom is far more progressive than Mark. Tom borrowed my classroom blackboard from the University of Alaska Anchorage to illustrate two important things – why Sen. Lisa Murkowski cannot win on November 2nd as a write-in, and how close Scott McAdams may really be.

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