They’re all bought and sold: American democracy belongs to the billionaires now

With the lone exception of Bernie Sanders, every candidate is either in bed with Wall Street or super-rich himself Salon.com By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com 2/2/16 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

AP.org By Robert Burns and Calvin Woodward 1/15/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a … Continue reading

The 21 craziest quotes from the campaign trail

Politico.com By Nick Gass 11/25/15 And they’re not all from Donald Trump. 1. ‘I would bomb the sh– out of them’ Trump has made no effort to tone down his fiery rhetoric when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, … Continue reading

Marco Rubio on troops in Syria, vision of presidency, missing Senate votes…

(Last Sunday John Dickerson, moderator of CBS “Face the Nation,” interviewed presidential contender Marco Rubio and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) Turning now to the race for the Republican nomination, yesterday, we … Continue reading

Jeb Bush: My Plan to Preserve, Protect and Reform Medicare and Social Security

Yesterday Bush published on his campaign website “Jeb Bush: My Plan to Preserve, Protect and Reform Medicare and Social Security“. Here are several excerpts:

  • …changes are needed to preserve and protect these programs for future generations.
  • I will allow seniors to keep their HSAs to help cover out-of-pocket health care spending…
  • …small businesses who cannot afford to contribute toward workers’ retirement plans can set up “starter 401(K)s” for their workers…
  • …we need to recognize that Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and we should make it easier for those who choose to work longer.
  • No senior who has worked for more than 30 years should live in poverty, so I will increase the minimum social security benefit.

The entire “Plan” is available at the above link.

Also, “Jeb Bush’s entitlement reforms,” by The Washington Post is available here.

REPUBLICAN BUSH SAYS MULTICULTURALISM WRONG FOR US

AP.org By Thomas Beaumont, Associate Press 9/22/15 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access … Continue reading

It’s not just Trump, the richest ever presidential field

It’s not just Trump A POLITICO special report on the richest ever presidential field, a campaign of and about the .1% Politico.com (Use this link to see related chart and table.) By Politico Staff 9/18/15 Carly Fiorina may be the new … Continue reading

The GOP debate: 5 things to watch

Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina have a chance Wednesday to prove they’re for real. Politico.com By Alex Isenstadt 9/16/15 LOS ANGELES — It’s only the second of 12 scheduled GOP debates. But Wednesday’s primetime showdown at the Reagan Library in … Continue reading

How Social Media Is Ruining Politics

It is turning out to be more encompassing and controlling, more totalizing, than earlier media ever was. Politico.com By Nicholas Carr 9/2/15 Our political discourse is shrinking to fit our smartphone screens. The latest evidence came on Monday night, when … Continue reading