Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory

As a physician, I find it very odd that the debate over the Affordable Care Act has focused on the effect the law will have on the presidential election rather than the impact it will have on patients, health professionals, and health outcomes. The Supreme Court case...
Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom

Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom

There are two competing theories on how to pull us out of the economic slump we’re in, but you’d hardly know it from the debate going on in Washington. Conservatives, who want us to cut our way to prosperity, keep drowning out those who think we should be...
Pentagon Spending Spree

Pentagon Spending Spree

Are you wondering where your tax dollars are going? Then take a look at the $642.5 billion stuffed into the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives recently approved. House Republicans may spout plenty of concern about the nation’s...
Crushing College Dreams

Crushing College Dreams

As graduation season swings into high gear, a new economic crisis confronts thousands of this year’s high school and college grads — crushing college student loan debt. America’s student loan debt recently reached the $1-trillion mark. That’s...
We Can’t Afford Energy Subsidies and Tax Breaks

We Can’t Afford Energy Subsidies and Tax Breaks

Last year, the top six U.S. oil companies made $148.7 billion in profits. That works out to about $407 million a day, $17 million an hour, or $283,000 per minute. At that pace, in roughly the amount of time it will take to read this commentary, just these six oil...
Food Stamp Foolishness

Food Stamp Foolishness

Maybe you thought the lowest possible point of Republican miserliness was reached when Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Agriculture proposed that ketchup be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program. If so, you’ve not taken a peek at the GOP’s...
The Class of 2012’s Choice

The Class of 2012’s Choice

Millions of college graduates will soon walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Given the harsh reality of today’s economy, here’s the commencement speech I’d like to deliver to the class of 2012: Congratulations on your degrees. And sorry...

Death and Taxes

Military spending combines the two certainties in life: death and taxes. U.S. taxpayers are paying more than anyone else on Earth to support an industry devoted to death. Tuesday, Tax Day, Americans were treated to the news that our nation has increased its overall...
Congress Opts to Keep Poisoning Children

Congress Opts to Keep Poisoning Children

Yes, we certainly need to cut unnecessary and frivolous federal spending, because…well, because it’s unnecessary and frivolous. So Congress has targeted unnecessary oil subsidies and frivolous tax giveaways to billionaires, right? Uh…no. Instead,...
Ryan’s Medicare Hot Air

Ryan’s Medicare Hot Air

There’s a scary graph in Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s new budget blueprint that shows the federal government’s “unfunded promises” rising from $76.4 trillion in 2010 to $99.6 trillion in 2011. That’s $23.2 trillion in just one year....
Greening the Pentagon

Greening the Pentagon

The U.S. military is going green. Don’t take it from me. “[T]he Department of Defense…the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history,” President Barack Obama declared in this...
Better Public Schools Require a Stronger Safety Net

Better Public Schools Require a Stronger Safety Net

If our schools Are in the tank; We just have Ourselves to thank. Many American kids are getting a fine education these days, but plenty more are stuck with lousy schools. This disparity shouldn’t come as a shock, because that’s the way our society is...
Standing Up For Common Sense

Standing Up For Common Sense

During a recent city council meeting, the mayor of Keene, New Hampshire leaned over to a council member and whispered excitedly: “We’re going to have our own tank.” Yes, the tank (or, more specifically, the “armored personnel vehicle”) is...
Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

Over the past 60 years, transportation has changed less than might have been expected. Still no jetpacks, for example. And while this could change after the presidential election, we’re not yet commuting to jobs on the moon. Transportation has changed, however,...