Healthcare Reform Calls for Unthinkable Sacrifice

Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

Today, there was a lot of news on the Healthcare front. It seems as if everyone is having some kind of problem or another with the way things are going. We have Corporate Democrats and Republicans who seemingly want no reform and are stalling for time, we have others calling for the states to take responsibility for a public option, and we have union middle-class workers crying foul for being expected to sacrifice even more as the drama rolls on.

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Republican Hypocrisy on the Deficit and Healthcare

Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

Boy, to hear many Republicans tell it they have been the watchdogs of fiscal responsibility. They have recently begun squawking about deficits and spending. They try to say our country is spending too much and we cannot afford Universal Healthcare. Of course, they conviently leave out the facts about why our deficit is where it is right now.

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How The War Lead To The Death Of (American) Budweiser

This Bud is for Big Oil, War Profiteers & Europeans, Middle-Class Americans Lose Again

The takeover of American icon Anheuser-Busch by Belgian Brewer InBev, a company that barely anyone had heard of 5 years ago, is another example of how middle-class Americans are paying dearly for the failed war in Iraq.  Simply put, the result of the war is sky high oil prices, a major inflationary pressure, and the worst economy in a generation.  In the process the dollar has dropped like a stone.  Imagine what the real estate crash has done to home values in a world economic context -- given dropping property values and the dropping dollar, many homes have declined in the neighborhood of 50%, ouch!  Call me a whiner but it's the truth.

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Krugman: Clinton Years Good for Middle-Income Americans

From Paul Krugman's NY Times Blog -- A picture is worth a thousand words:


One thing that doesn't seem to have gotten much scrutiny in the "bitter" controversy is the suggestion that the past 25 years have been an era of continuous economic hardship for the American heartland. If we're talking about the decline of industrial cities, there's some truth to that picture. But if we're talking about incomes and employment, the Clinton years were pretty good for middle-income Americans -- and especially good for middle-income Midwesterners.

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Edwards Evening News: Iowa First Lady Mari Culver Endorsement!

It doesn't say life, liberty and the pursuit of endless corporate profit in the Declaration of Independence.
- John Edwards

Welcome to your Edwards Evening News Roundup! I'm reporting live from New Hampshire, where at the moment, the big news is a heck of a lot of snow. I wasn't able to go into the office in Concord today to volunteer because of it, but I'll share my thoughts on why I've come up to New Hampshire a second time to canvass and phone bank for John Edwards, and I have news on upcoming events in the Granite State. It's cold outside here and in much of America, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and join me for the Edwards Evening News.

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