If You Think Wealthcare Bills in Congress are Bad for Rural Americans, Wait Until You See the Kind of Devastation Repeal Alone Would Cause

Remember when President Trump promised he wouldn’t repeal Obamacare without replacing it with something immediately? Well, we can add that whopper to his growing list of broken promises made to Americans. Yep, he apparently bamboozled us again. Now make no mistake about it, the House and Senate bills that would replace Obamacare would cripple Rural […]

Rural Americans, Older Americans and Women Fear Secret Senate Health Insurance Bill is a Replay of House Bill and Hit Them the Hardest

Rural America took a real hard kick in the seat of the pants when the GOP House leadership went behind closed doors a couple of months ago to concoct a tax cut plan for the wealthiest Americans disguised as “health insurance reform.” Under that scheme millions of Americans would lose coverage altogether, most of us […]

Enough About Osama Bin Laden

Once in a while I come across a blog post so powerful that I can’t just condense and link to it. It has to be seen in full. This is one of those posts. Enough About Osama Bin Laden. When Will Wall Street Crooks Go To Jail? Where Are The Jobs? by: Hillbilly Sat May […]

Happy Tax Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today’s the day. If you wait til tomorrow to pay your Federal income tax bill you may be subject to interest and penalties.  If you’re lucky enough to earn enough to pay income taxes, you can still do it online for free, and make the deadline. As a public service, here […]

UPDATE: Bernie Filibusters Obama Tax Cut “Compromise”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is filibustering the Obama tax cut “compromise.” No idea how long this will last, but at 2 p.m. ET Friday it’s on C-SPAN This is a real live filibuster, not a Repug-style threat. Bernie’s saying stuff, not just posturing. Watch for a few minutes. It may lift […]

What’s Next?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Yesterday’s election results left no doubt that  economic recovery is #1 on the voters’ agenda.  Here’s a rule politicians would do well to memorize: When people aren’t thinking with their hormones, they’re thinking with their wallets. Now we have a House of Representatives that thinks the way to recovery consists of […]

On Reading the News

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Starting in eighth grade, back in Paleolithic times when I was a student, we were taught to read newspapers analytically — to ask questions about what the words said, not just swallow them whole. I don’t see much evidence that skill is being taught today — nor in the past 40 […]

Lewison: Slash Jobs, Get a Raise

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I have more to say about fresh produce and children, but it can wait. This post, by someone whose opinions always make sense to me and whose way of expressing them I admire, is more important. Jed Lewison’s explanation of why our economy is how it is and what needs […]

Taxed Enough? Already?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s one thing to say that you disagree with someone’s opinions, and another to say they are wrong. When I was a child, busy learning how the world wags and forming my ethical and social principles, we were at war (that would be the Second World War) and people on the […]