CBO: Lower Premiums Would be a Result of Providing Less Coverage; Latest GOP Bill Would Raise Cost of Health Care for Many Americans

The rewrite of Trumpcare/Ryancare did very little at all to cure the earlier version of GOP health care reform, killing coverage for 23 million Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis released today. Here are the most significant points from the CBO scorecard: Lower premiums would be a result of offering Americans less coverage […]

Administration’s Budget Plan Would Slam Rural America, Cripple States; Pie in the Sky Proposal Would Most Likely Force States To Raise Taxes

It raises a red flag whenever Washington tells us it plans to cut our taxes, because in the end it simply means the federal government will not be sending more of our hard-earned money back home to the states. So America if you want the services you have come to expect or need, you better […]

Health Insurance Reform That Hurts Rural Americans: Whose Bad Idea Was That?

The irony of all ironies is that the Trumpcare or Ryancare replacement for Obamacare (which went down in flames) would have eliminated health care for 24 million Americans, hurting white, rural America most of all. Clearly, this bill would have eliminated coverage made affordable for many Trump voters.

Just in: President Obama says it’s time for a Farm Bill

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson agrees. WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today, after the end of the U.S. federal government shutdown: “Last night’s action by Congress ended a shutdown of our government and will return agencies back to normal operating status. This is […]

Farm Bill defeated in House; traditional rural-urban alliance frayed

The old rural-urban alliance that married farm and nutrition programs failed to get a Farm Bill through the House this afternoon. The bill lost 195-234, with food stamps apparently the main issue. The House seemed ready to pass the bill this afternoon “after the Agriculture Committee leadership agreed to a sweeping en bloc amendment Wednesday […]

Back to the Future

Seventy-six years ago, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for re-election in a time of crisis. The question has been raised in today in moneylife magazine, Can Obama do a FDR? Click on FDR to hear what President Roosevelt had to say about the forces behind inequity for hard-working Americans in 1936. I think you’ll agree […]

Ranking Democrat on House Ag Committee says GOP plan cuts to ’50-50′ odds of Farm Bill in 2012

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, told Mike Adams of AgriTalk that House Republicans’ budget outline “is going to cause big problems” for passage of a new Farm Bill this year. They are asking for a reconciliation process to avoid defense cuts, and they want them before […]

The Republicans’ Agenda

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you’re not convinced about the Republican Party’s agenda for the current legislative session, listen up. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the shot after the 2010 congressional mid-term election.  His goal for the next two years, he said, was to ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term president. I […]

Jobs Bills in 1974 and now

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Between 1973 and 1975, the US economy was in the grip of stagflation, which Wikipedia describes this way: In economics, stagflation is a situation in which the inflation rate is high and the economic growth rate is low. It raises a dilemma for economic policy since actions designed to lower inflation […]

What Will Thursday Night Bring?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ll record Barack Obama’s Thursday night jobs speech – I mean, his warm-up act for the NFL season opener’s pre-game show – on my DVD recorder and watch it later in the evening. At 7 I’m usually not finished cleaning up after dinner, but I’ll get to the DVR when I’m […]