Archive for the 'Social Programs' Category

Gallup: How To Save Social Security? Remove The Cap!

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, Social Programs, Social Security

If you’re lucky enough to earn a lot of income, you knew this was coming. After all, you only get taxed for Social Security on the first $106,800 of your income. Anything after that draws no SS tax. So, basically, while the rest of us get taxed on our entire income, you all pay into […]

July 29th, 2010 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Postal Service Considers Closing 1,000 Branches

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Money, Social Programs, Video

I wrote about the problems the Postal Service faced back in January, and today we get word that their financial woes are even more severe than previously thought. From NBC… Back to the January post, which was about cutting back on delivery days, I saw two advantages to that model… First, the fewer the days […]

August 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Homelessness Among Families On The Rise

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Social Programs, unemployment

Some sobering stats when thinking about the fallout from last year. Now entire families, like the one pictured above, are living out of a single hotel. And those are the lucky ones. From Wash Post: Although the number of homeless individuals remained relatively stable between 2007 and 2008, the number of homeless families rose 9 […]

July 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

The Madness Of Cutting Social Safety Net Funding

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, Social Programs

I think we can all agree that the die is cast on social safety nets. That’s why it’s more important than ever to find the most cost effective ways to implement them. So when I read the following story in the NY Times about states slashing money for these programs, I just shook my head…especially […]

April 11th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Socialistic Capitalism

By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Economic recovery, Economy, Fiscal stimulus, Political Graffiti, Social Programs


March 3rd, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

What Will Obama’s Fiscal Responsibility Summit Accomplish?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Health Care, Money, Social Programs

Two words: entitlement reform. First orders of business: Medicare and Medicaid… Now, [Director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, Peter] Orszag is preparing for the biggest week of his career, with a “fiscal responsibility” summit Monday and the release of Obama’s first budget Thursday. He’s signaling that the moves in the stimulus package are […]

February 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Postal Service May Cut Back On Delivery Days

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, Social Programs

Apparently everybody is tightening their belts. From Wash Post: In testimony before a Senate subcommittee yesterday, Postmaster General John E. Potter said the post office may be forced to cut back to five-day delivery for the first time in the agency’s history, citing rising costs and an ongoing decline in mail made worse by the […]

January 29th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Obama Announces Fiscal Responsibility Summit

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Money, Social Programs

During the campaign season he said he’d go through the federal budget line by line, and this sends a pretty clear message that he intends to make some tough cuts. From Wash Post: President-elect Barack Obama will convene a “fiscal responsibility summit” in February designed to bring together a variety of voices on solving the […]

January 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 12 Comments »

Obama’s Stimulus To Extend Unemployment, Health Benefits

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Economy, Health Care, Social Programs

Looks like the first part of Obama’s plan will be making sure that most Americans just stay afloat. From NY Times: One proposal, as described by Democratic advisers, would extend unemployment compensation to part-time workers, an idea that Congressional Republicans have blocked in the past. Other policy changes would subsidize employers’ expenses for temporarily continuing […]

January 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

White House Opposes Free WiFi Plan

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Internet, Social Programs

I wrote about this plan recently, but today I find out that it may not happen. Why? Because it’s not “free market” enough. Good times… The FCC has been considering auctioning 25 megahertz of spectrum in the 2155MHz to 2180MHz band. As part of the rules for using the spectrum, the FCC plans to require […]

December 12th, 2008 | Permalink| 9 Comments »