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New York Times Beats “Government is Best” Drum on Seniors

In an editorial Monday morning, the New York Times told a tale of woe about growing poverty among senior citizens in America: An additional 135,000 older women became extremely poor in 2012, raising the extreme-poverty rate in that group to 3.1 percent, And 100,000 older men were extremely poor in 2012, raising the extreme-poverty rate in that group to 2.3 percent In all, nearly 1.2 million people age 65 and up were classified as extremely poor in 2012. First, the editorial opposes Social Security reform: But it would be devastating if recent increases became a growing trend. For now, the best policy response is to do no harm. For example, ...

The New York Times’ Testing Fiction Market with Latest Editorial

On Sunday, The New York Times published an editorial purporting to push back against “the annual Republican crisis.” The editorial was full of misleading and factually inaccurate information, here’s the tip of the iceberg: In the first paragraph, the editorial says “Most of the time [Tea Party Republicans] sit around and do virtually nothing but gripe.” This ignores all of the legislation the House has passed - and Tea Party-minded conservatives have introduced - that would do tremendous good for the nation. In 2011 and 2012 alone the Senate ignored 40 job-related bills passed by the House, addressing issues from energy expansion to ...

New York Times, You Spelled “Accountable” Wrong

Did you know holding politicians accountable is “downright threatening?” According to Francis Clines on a New York Times blog, it is: When it comes to flexing political muscle, Tea Party zealots don’t hesitate to be downright threatening, as in their warning to Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee that he’d better retire from office because “our great nation can no longer afford compromise and bipartisanship, two traits for which you have become famous.” The warning was in an open letter from a score of Tea Party groups, most of them county operations in the senator’s home state. They said he would face a right-wing primary ...

New York Times’ scare tactics on Social Security mask facts

Yesterday, the New York Times’ editorial board relied on half-truths and scare tactics to promote its version of Social Security reform. While some of the editorial is normal big government trope – tax increases to cover Social Security’s coming shortfalls, for example – there are several factual inaccuracies that need correcting. The editorial misleads right in its first paragraph: The trustees of Social Security recently reported that the retirement system can pay full benefits until 2035, when it will be able to pay about three-fourths of promised benefits. The editorial’s language is hair-splittingly correct but fails to inform the ...

The New York Times accidently agrees with Tea Party on sequestration

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an editorial bashing the way sequestration has been implemented. The editorial specifically highlighted how Republicans are trying to prevent certain cuts from happening…but not others the Times says should be high-priority: You don’t see any Republican hashtags blaming the president for cutting housing vouchers to 140,000 low-income families, which has begun. These vouchers are given by cities to families on the brink of homelessness, and about half of them go to families with children. There aren’t any angry tweets about the 70,000 Head Start slots about to be eliminated, which is forcing some ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, June 3

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Patriot Act Renewal: Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Proceed “…Conservative groups are arguing against McConnell’s amendments, and that could augur trouble in the House. So far, the USA Freedom Act has enjoyed unusual support from both tea party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. “We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill,” Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, we will be forced to ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, June 2

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: End the NSA dragnet (Op-ed) http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/06/01/end-nsa-dragnet/28276189/ HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Double-Digit Rate Hikes For 2016 Disclosed “After two years of relatively stable premiums across the country, rates will jump in 2016 by double-digit percentages for individual policy purchasers on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in practically every state, according to the first glimpse of proposed costs for next year released by the Obama administration. The rate increases aren’t a huge surprise as health insurers across the country in recent weeks have been disclosing ...

News Briefing for Monday, June 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Oklahoma's U.S. senators support extending surveillance programs to allow more time for debate “Ahead of a rare Sunday night session in the U.S. Senate, top leaders of the American Civil Liberities Union and the Tea Party Patriots said Friday the law allowing the collection of bulk telephone data should be allowed to expire this weekend. Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots, told reporters that the collection of so-called “metadata” regarding Americans’ telephone calls sounded harmless until one considered how much tracking of locations and movement it allowed. “It is violating our freedom and the Bill ...

News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...