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Oct 09 2013

Lower income? Don’t pass up the saver’s credit

In 2002, Congress passed legislation to create an income tax credit designed to encourage lower- and middle-income people to save money for retirement. The saver’s credit, worth up to $1,000 a year for individuals ($2,000 for couples filing jointly), rewards people for contributing to an IRA or 401(k) plan. benefit from the saver’s credit are …

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Oct 07 2013

The values divide: The showdown in Washington isn’t just about political posturing

There’s a lot of talk about how polarized the country is today. Sometimes that polarization is more than about partisan politics — it’s about real differences in values. Take the House Republicans’ recent votes to deny food and health care to millions of Americans. Those were statements of values. The first vote was to cut …

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Oct 05 2013

It’s all their fault: The shutdown as well as the looming debt ceiling crisis is entirely a Republican Party production.

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Everyone pretty much agrees that what’s going on in Washington right now ranks up there with the dumbest, most destructive episodes in our history. We are a great and powerful country, on the cusp of achieving that “Shining City upon a Hill” status that Puritan leader John Winthrop talked about nearly 400 years ago. I …

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Oct 03 2013

Improvement talk

District 3 residents started arriving early at Broughton Community Center for the latest town hall meeting. Extra chairs had to be brought in for the bigger-than-expected crowd. These residents aired their concerns as District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams, and Mayor Jay Dean paid close attention and gave responses as needed. Jesse Bradley is not new …

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Sep 28 2013

Bossing the poor around:How about a bill banning soda sales at the House of Representatives’ cafeterias?

I spent a few months on food stamps this year. As a single woman in San Diego, I qualified for $70 a month — less than a dollar per meal. But I’m lucky and I’m unusual because many of my friends are farmers and gardeners and I know how to forage wild foods. Determined to …

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Sep 10 2013

Lone Star State: “Debt-at-a-Glance” Easier way to find information regarding state and local government debt

To make it simpler for Texans to look at the finances of local governments in their area- and the magnitude of their outstanding debt- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced the rollout of new “Debt-at-a- Glance” Web pages, which detail state and local debt in an easy-to-read, shareable format. Debt-at-a-Glance outlines the outstanding debt of …

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Sep 07 2013

Don’t embarrass authority:Revealing the wrongdoing of the powerful is a core task in sustaining a functioning democracy.

Tell us stuff we need to know, And soon it’s off to jail you’ll go. Don’t get fooled by terms like “classified secrets” or “aiding the enemy.” They just cover up the darker sides of our national security state. Pointing out that the emperor is naked isn’t dangerous. But it does leave governments (and corporations) …

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Aug 31 2013

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Our health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Getting well Takes lots of pluck, With health guys out To make a buck. As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever. Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse. …

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