The attack on Medicare for All is on:

Saying Government-Funded Healthcare’s Too Costly is Nuts…Unless You Think the US Uniquely Can’t Do It

  Note: This article is being co-published with Tarbell.org, an investigative news site founded by Wendell Potter that focuses on healthcare, military spending and climate change issues.    The new corporate media and conservative Democratic argument against front-runner Bernie Sanders’ eminently logical proposal for creating a single-payer government health insurance program that he calls “Medicare …

A 70-year old Baby Boomer has some advice for his elders:

Wake Up You Older Biden Backers! He’s Going After Your (and Your Grandkids’) Social Security

  Over the last few months I have written a couple of pieces, one aimed at Baby Boomers (my demographic cohort, as I’m 70), and one aimed at the Millennials (a group which includes both my kids, aged 26 and 35).  Now I want to talk to those of you who are older than even myself — let’s call …

What happens when people no longer want our money?

Papering the World with Benjamins

  By Allen Baker Benjamin Franklin was a prolific inventor and a brilliant thinker. But even he would be amazed at the vast profits that arise simply from printing his portrait on the U.S. hundred-dollar bill. Here’s how it works: Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing rolls out roughly a billion crisp …

Rogue president, rogue nation:

Trump Tells Iraq Order US Troops Out and I’ll Freeze Your Central Bank’s Account at the Fed

  President Trump’s actions in the Middle East are becoming increasingly unhinged. A week ago, he nearly triggered a catastrophic war between Iran and the US when, acting seemingly on a whim or in response to the advice of two of his nuttier advisors, fundamentalist Christian “Rapture” believers Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo, he ordered …

Bernie Sanders is the candidate who will make sure you don't get stiffed out of Social Security:

You Will Have Social Security Just like Your Parents and Grandparents — If You Fight to Keep It!

  I was explaining to my 26-year-old son recently that while I’m continuing to work as a writer, because I waited until age 70 to begin collecting my Social Security benefits, I am now collecting almost $29,000 a year on top of what I earn doing my freelance journalism thing. He said, matter-of-factly, “Well, I …

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan headed Boeing's civil aviation unit before his current job...

The Boeing 737 Max 8 Scandal May Be the Tip of a Bloody Iceberg of Corruption

Here’s Dave Lindorff being interviewed on Sputnik radio about the implications of the deadly Boeing 737 Max 8 avionics software flaw, the questionable delay in US regulators ordering grounding of the planes, and what it means that the man who oversaw Boeing’s civilian aircraft unit, Patrick Shanahan, has been undersecretary of defense and is now …

Building a movement

Social Security is the Key to Progressive Change in America

Probably the most important single legacy of what happened in the period of the Great Depression and the New Deal was the establishment of Social Security, the federal program that today pays benefits to 63 million US elderly, disabled adults and dependent children left by a deceased bread-winner. That’s one-in-six of all people in this …

Sucking up to Boss Bezos

Columnist Thiessen, in Calling AOC ‘Economically Illiterate,’ Displays Instead His Own Economic Ignorance

Listening to President Trump, you’d think the socialist barbarians were at the gates of America preparing to overrun the US with a Soviet-style state-run economy where every car would be the same make and color, everyone would be wearing Mao suits and freedom and social mobility, those great mythical assets that we supposedly have in …

DA challenges order granting Mumia PA Supreme Court PCRA appeal redos:

Krasner to Appeal Justice Castille Conflict of Interest Finding, Failing Test of Principle

  When Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s new purportedly progressive district attorney, took office last January, he vowed to unflinchingly make the office’s goal “seeking justice,” instead of just seeking convictions, as a string of DAs going back to at least Ed Rendell had done. Last week, faced with a decision calling for real courage, Krasner flinched. …