The recent slowdown in health care spending can only be partly attributed to the economy downturn according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Over the past several years health care spending has grown noticeably slower than it has over the last several decades. The big question though is whether this slowdown is [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 22, 2013 12:33 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 24, 2012 9:32 am|
One of the most frustrating things about having a two-party dominated political system, especially in the heat of an election, is that many important points get ignored if they don’t fit the partisan paradigm. One of the best examples is the impoverished debate about Obama’s record on the economy. The only arguments most people hear [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 17, 2011 2:39 pm|
If only Paul Krugman would STFU, I’m sure things would be just fine.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 20, 2011 1:44 pm|
Given that the federal deficit is basically the only thing that almost every major political figure has been talking about, the fact that the deficit only ranks as a top issue with 16 percent of the country is truly remarkable. I suspect the issue wouldn’t even rise above single digits if politicians and pundits hadn’t been continuously force feeding the public deficit hysteria for months.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 30, 2011 8:13 am|
Congress is in a full blown austerity mode right now and any deal that comes out of these negotiations is likely going to be really bad news for regular people. That is why I suspect any deal will just happen to be reached at the last minute, so Congress will “need” to quickly pass the bill with effectively no public debate or time for scrutiny.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:23 pm|
How often do you have to be wrong until you are fired by the Obama Administration? For Treasury Secretary Geithner the answer seems to be a non-zero number approaching infinity.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:06 pm|
The country is suffering from high unemployment, underwater mortgages, and rapidly escalating tuition prices. Most regular people lucky enough to have a job are seeing shrinking benefits from health care to retirement packages
I would love to have a major political party or even a major politician simple tell the American people they actually don’t need to keep suffer.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 3, 2011 8:19 am|
At a recent meeting with House Democrats, President Obama shot down the members’ hopes that he might step up his rhetoric against the Republicans. He’s concerned how the markets would react to his statements. From Huffington Post: Obama also told the assembled Democrats not to count on more fiery rhetoric from the Oval Office. “He [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 29, 2011 7:51 am|
With Washington now terrifyingly obsessed with immediate austerity, despite the UK being a perfect example of how misguided such a move is right now, it is important for millions to realize that our economy is in no way back to stable. Two recent stories are great reminders that while the economy probably seems fine for [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 8, 2011 10:53 am|
At this point, since it seems the absolute best case scenario for Democrats in this budget fight is that, by the end of today or the beginning of Monday, Congress passes a budget containing around $38 billion in immediate cuts to domestic programs over the next few months, but is free of any major policy [...]