Tag Archive: government

Aug 09 2014

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. There’s ample cause for concern. The VA appointments scandal; the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act; the 28 years of missed inspections …

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Aug 05 2014

Benefits extended

The Social Security Administration announced that local Social Security offices would continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice. Providing services when and where the public needs them remains central to Social Security’s efforts, while continuing to encourage federal, state, and local agencies to take advantage of Social Security’s data exchange programs that can …

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Jul 01 2014

Printing new SS numbers halted

To help combat the rising threat of fraud and identity theft, Social Security will no longer issue Social Security number printouts beginning in August 2014. If you need written confirmation of your Social Security number—perhaps your new employer needs verification—and you can’t find your Social Security card, you can apply for a replacement. But do …

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Jun 07 2014

Putting main street in the driver’s seat

As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven’t hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their “free market” ventures. So guess who’s the major force pushing policymakers to slash federal spending and kill programs that improve opportunities for regular …

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May 17 2014

Get ready for more of the same

I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. But, as I said, it was brief. That’s …

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May 10 2014

When corporations get too big to tax: The drive to scrap the corporate income tax won’t stop at zero.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the government paid you on Tax Day? I’m not referring to getting a tax refund because you overpaid the federal government or a safety-net benefit labeled as a tax refund under the “Earned Income Tax Credit” rules. I mean an actual payment from the U.S. Treasury. Done laughing? Great. This …

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May 03 2014

The Justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and the impact of money on the overall political process. Recently, the Supreme Court’s five-member majority declared …

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Apr 22 2014

Obama Administration deports over traffic tickets

“A crying shame and a painful truth” Those words helped to sum up the reaction of immigration advocates, civil libertarians, elected officials, foreign consular representatives and immigrants to a mind-numbing appraisal of the Obama administration’s immigration policy which has resulted in almost two million people being deported in five years to the Caribbean, Latin America, …

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