Posts Tagged ‘federal budget’

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    Too Safe?

    Sep 13, 11 • 254 Views • No Comments

    Assume for a moment that you have to decide whether to install body scanners at every airport in the U.S. Knowing a decision to proceed will make everyone safer, you say, “Yes.” But, what if you first were told that there was a 1 in 3.5 million...  [read more]

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    Can We Afford to Change the US Postal Service?

    Sep 12, 11 • 263 Views • 1 Comment

    There are so many reasons not to change the US Postal Service. For tough to reach rural communities, post offices are conveniently located. For homebound elderly, 6-day dependable prescription delivery is crucial. USPS workers have been promised generous...  [read more]

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    Looking at the Debt Ceiling

    May 16, 11 • 178 Views • No Comments

    Today, at this moment, we might be hitting the debt ceiling. During the past 11 years, Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling 10 times. In 2000, the ceiling was approximately $6 trillion; in 2011, it was just above $14 trillion. The whole story is here,...  [read more]

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    A Medicare Check-up

    May 14, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    We could say that Medicare is currently a bit ill and the prognosis is not good. Last year it received some “medicine” through the Affordable Health Care Act but its caretakers, the Medicare trustees, question whether the treatment will work....  [read more]

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    Income Tax Matters

    Apr 22, 11 • 252 Views • No Comments

    Woodrow Wilson once said that paying taxes was a “glorious privilege.” However, a recent Gallup poll confirmed what we probably already knew. Most of us do not want to pay higher taxes. Upper income households (67% of those polled) say current...  [read more]