Archive for 2012

Fat Cats Push Big Benefit Cuts, Prompt Time-Tested Tax Hikes

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Since the onset of the greed-is-good era, and even more so with the clamor over the “fiscal cliff,” some fat cats have been pushing hard to cut benefits to the old, the disabled and the poor from the big public insurance programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. For instance, Peter Peterson ($1.2B net worth), […]


Questing Traveler Finds World-Full of Friendly People

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Graham Hughes reaches South Sudan The main feeling today is just one of intense gratitude to every person around the world who helped me get here, by giving me a lift, letting me stay on their couch, or pointing me in the right direction. Thus spoke Graham Hughes Monday from Juba, South Sudan — the […]


Two Types of Romnesia

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Romnesia is a memory malady typified by the 2012 United States presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. There are at least two types of this malady. The first type is the habitual politician’s flip-flop, but, upon taking the “flop” position, blacking-out on having ever held the “flip”. Among the many that have noted this malady in Romney […]


How to Vote in Ohio 2012

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

(Voter info below.) Before 2004, there was one way to vote in Ohio. You signed in on voting day, punched your ballot, saw it dropped into the ballot box, and walked away knowing you’d done your duty. Since then, a series of Republican moves to hamper voters countered by Democratic moves to help voters, has […]


CFPB & PPACA Pay Off for Americans’ Wallets, Obama’s Resumé

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Two well-known acts of the Democratic-majority Congress of 2009-2010 have begun to pay off – literally – for Americans. One is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB sets and enforces standards for bank dealings with customers. Last month, the CFPB issued its […]