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Empowering the elderly by cutting Meals on Wheels… The compassion of the Trump budget

As promised, Trump unveiled his budget today, and I think it’s safe to say that it was far worse than most of us imagined. The President’s budget, if passed into law, would, among other things, cut the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by 30%, completely eliminating 50 programs and 3,200 positions, and entirely cut […]

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Ypsilanti rolls out the red carpet for President Trump

Yesterday afternoon, the good people of Michigan braved the cold to welcome President Trump, who, for some reason, had chosen Ypsilanti as the backdrop for his announcement that he’d be eliminating fuel efficiency standards passed into law during the Obama administration in order to address global climate change, essentially saying “fuck you” to future generations. […]

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You say Shutdown. I say Treason.

The federal government, as I’m sure you all know by now, was forced to shut down today, over conflicts arising from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, better know as Obamacare. All government services deemed “non-essential” in accordance with the Antideficiency Act, were suspended, and more than 818,000 federal workers were furloughed, meaning that […]

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Obama’s fiery response to the Republican budget

President Obama delivered an uncharacteristically fiery speech the other day, at an Associated Press luncheon. You’ll find the video below, but, first, here’s a clip from an editorial about the speech that ran in yesterday’s New York Times. President Obama‚Äôs fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech […]

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The U.S. credit rating slips, proving that the debt ceiling agreement didn’t really fix anything

We gave in to the Congressional Republicans on the debt ceiling debate on almost every issue. We agreed not to raise taxes on the wealthy. We agreed not to tighten loopholes that allowed them to hide their assets elsewhere. We said that, instead, we would slash government spending. We were told that there wasn’t a […]

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