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Another Wave of Plague

Michael Curley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Curley

This week a bill sits on the president's desk, which, when he signs it, will bring us one step closer to a national financial apocalypse. The bill authorizes more subsidies. The federal government is near bankruptcy and yet Congress and the president are creating new subsidies. Totally unnecessary subsidies!

This South Carolina Republican Shows Us Birther Jokes Are Unfortunately Still A Thing

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

Anthony Culler, the GOP nominee looking to take on Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) in the November midterm elections, can be seen in a video from a February...

Biting the Hand That Feeds: Entitlements and the Fundamental Attribution Error

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

How can otherwise uninsurable voters proudly support candidates opposing universal healthcare? Are such voters simply unintelligent? Even more puzzling, how can voters receiving food stamps or other governmental assistance proudly claim to be "anti-government"?

Congressional Candidate Apologizes For Slavery Comments

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Arizona Congressional candidate Jim Brown (R) has apologized for comparing entitlements to slavery in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Brown wrote a p...

Will Obama Go Big or Base on Budget?

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Now the ball is in Obama's court. Is he going to present a big plan that tries to tackle the serious long-term fiscal problems the nation faces?

Don't Forget What Happened When Obama First Proposed Chained CPI

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Most media coverage of the president's decision not to include the "chained CPI" for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.

Chained CPI Makes Sense Only Under Certain Conditions

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Since Social Security benefits are modest, and since most beneficiaries have little other income, no one should propose a cut in benefits casually. We've said time and again that the chained CPI is worth considering only if two crucial conditions are met.

Beware What You Get for Free -- It Has Value!

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

There is a strange phenomenon in our country that needs to be addressed as we reconsider our budget priorities and try to improve our overall social c...

Don't Call It 'Obamacare'

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

The Affordable Care Act has so far survived a shutdown crisis, a Supreme Court challenge, and two elections. This law is not fundamentally about Barack Obama but about much broader issues, which is another reason not to call it "Obamacare."

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

The Road From Here: What About Medicare and Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. There are only a few ways this could play out.

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

Obama Needs to Be in the Ring

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

While we know a goal for Republicans is to take over the Senate in the 2014 elections, and a goal for Democrats is to take back the House of Representatives, the president can rise above that for the next four months as we approach the next deadlines.

America's Retirement Security Crisis and the Need to Expand Social Security (Infographic)

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Here is an infographic that depicts the scope and magnitude of the retirement security crisis, and highlights the need to expand Social Security benefits to address it.

The Choice Congress Won't Face Up To

Scott Lilly | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Much of what is commonly being said about the federal budget is either mischaracterization or flatly wrong. When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Cantor Looks To Entitlement Cuts For Sequester Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Sunday that Republicans might be willing to compromise on sequester cuts in exchange for talks on reduc...

How the Rich Actually Create the Need for Entitlement Programs

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

I find it ironic when the rich complain about entitlement programs that benefit the middle class and poor, since it is the attitudes and policies of the rich that have led to an increased need for such programs in the first place.

George W. Bush and the Verdict of History

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

George W. Bush made mistakes while in office. But he also did some things right. And the verdict of history may treat him kindly.

Good Idea: Immigration Reform, Bad Idea: Restricting Health Care

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Offering everyone -- immigrants and native-born Americans alike -- the same opportunity to get affordable health insurance is not a "benefit" for a deserving few, it is the sound and conservative solution for a nation with staggering rates of uninsurance.

How the 'Me, Me, Me' Generation Has Freed Purpose

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

In many of the recent articles on millennials, there is a critical narrative that has emerged and has lead to what I believe is the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, and that narrative is about purpose.

The Common Sense Entitlements of Thomas Paine

Ian Ruskin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Thomas Paine would be appalled by the continuing lack of equality in America, by the ever-growing power of corporations and the ever-increasing difficulty of maintaining life as a "middle class" American.

Disputes Benefit Seniors At The Expense Of Others

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Congress increasingly unable to resolve budget disputes, federal programs on automatic pilot are consuming ever larger amounts of g...

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.

Why Cutting Social Security Benefits Is Such a Big Deal

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

This is real money to seniors who are already struggling. Democrats should not propose policies that hurt middle class families in the hope that Republicans will suddenly cooperate in solving our budget challenges.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Spitzer and Matalin on Weiner, Clinton, Newtown v. NRA

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgEliot Spitzer and Mary Matalin clash over four hot topics: Can Weiner run after his spectacle of contrition? Does dynasty = destiny for Caroline, Chelsea, Hillary? Is Obama now entitled to a grand bargain? Will Newtown parents out-lobby the NRA?