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Raising the Debt Ceiling: When Ideology Meets Reality

Jul 14, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on Raising the Debt Ceiling: When Ideology Meets Reality

With dialog on Capital Hill being next to impossible, Senator Minority Leader McConnell has put forth a plan to allow the president to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations. The politics are dangerous and the reasons for the ‘no compromise’ position on increasing taxes on upper level income are baseless. Finally, shame on Fox News for so effectively poisoning the well with conspiracy theories and distortions during economically tough times that all but destroyed the opportunity for reasonable dialog and compromise.

Supply-Side Failure from Theory, to Outcomes, to Danger of Citizens United Decision

Feb 3, 2011   //   Economy  //  1 Comment

This paper describes the failure of Republican tax cut policy from theory, to actual outcomes, to the danger of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Job-Killing or Job-Destroying Healthcare Law? Missing the Larger Point

Jan 19, 2011   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on Job-Killing or Job-Destroying Healthcare Law? Missing the Larger Point

During economically troubled times when individuals and families are suffering, the unilateral application of the term ‘job-killling’ to the Healthcare Law repeal bill, without debate, is irresponsible and increases the risk of hostile public behavior.

An Open Letter to Representative Boehner and Senator McConnell

Dec 15, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on An Open Letter to Representative Boehner and Senator McConnell

This letter was sent to the offices of Representative Boehner and Senator McConnell requesting that they provide explanation to the public on several issues regarding their tax policy and recent legislative tactics.

Extending Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest While Repealing Healthcare Law: A Morally Untenable Agenda

Nov 16, 2010   //   Featured Story, Healthcare  //  Comments Off on Extending Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest While Repealing Healthcare Law: A Morally Untenable Agenda

Are we really willing, as a country, to assign a higher value to tax cuts for the wealthiest during economically difficult times than preventing the unnecessary loss of tens of thousands of American lives each year?

Eight Reasons Why the Bush Tax Cuts to the Wealthiest Should Expire

Nov 9, 2010   //   Politics  //  4 Comments

After 30 years of creating large deficits through tax cut legislation (Starving the Beast), often to the detriment of our economy and jobs growth, Republicans are getting closer to their goal of reducing the size of government through sharp cuts to our entitlement programs.

We Drove Up National Debt to Support Tax Cuts to the Wealthy Who Invested the Money Abroad

Oct 29, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on We Drove Up National Debt to Support Tax Cuts to the Wealthy Who Invested the Money Abroad

While the wealthy and ‘Wall Street’ were creating jobs abroad and making handsome profits from foreign investment using money our country borrowed to support their tax cuts, business investment and jobs growth in the US languished during the GW Bush years and future generations have been saddled with the debt.

Policy and the Economy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Oct 25, 2010   //   Economy  //  Comments Off on Policy and the Economy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

An evaluation of job creation and GDP growth during 8 complete presidential terms since 1977, 5 Republican and 3 Democratic, show that our country did better under progressive tax rate policies than Republican tax cut policy. Choice of policy this election is not only important to economic growth and job creation, but the radical right’s anger that is finding its way to minorities such as gays, Latinos and Muslims will not likely stop until the economy is on firmer footing.

Stimulus Has Provided Benefit

Sep 7, 2010   //   Economy, Politics  //  Comments Off on Stimulus Has Provided Benefit

Several guests on CNBC’s Squawk Box have made the claim that the stimulus has failed.  I found these remarks to be largely political in nature and some, including Representatives Ryan […]

What We Gave Away in 2001

Sep 7, 2010   //   Politics  //  Comments Off on What We Gave Away in 2001

I sent two e-mails to Squawk Box regarding  economic outcomes in the year 2000.  The slides that accompanied both communications (and trail this blog entry) were derived from OMB data […]

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.


NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.


North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.