Opinion

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Now is the time for action

A conference committee has been established, with a Dec. 13 report back date to propose a new budget. Republican Paul Ryan is already discussing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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For the millionth time: Hands off Social Security!

Today, 2 million signatures protesting the cuts are being presented to the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., promises to do everything he can to block the chained CPI proposal and cuts to Medicare.

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Sick and tired of austerity

It's clear that the wealthy backers of the "tear down every advance for working people since the New Deal" crowd have lots of phony arguments about debt and austerity.

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Majority backs higher taxes on the rich

Many - a significant portion I would argue - disapprove of the "fiscal cliff" deal because it does not increase taxes enough on the wealthy.

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Say no to GOP ploy on payroll tax cuts

If Congress doesn't move and renew jobless benefits by Feb. 29, millions of workers and their families will drown in a sea of worry, debt, foreclosure, homelessness and perhaps even worse.

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Bipartisan fetish will kill Medicare

Medicare, from its inception, has been under attack by the private, profit-hungry insurance industry and the political far right.

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"No" to the Super Committee of the One Percent!

For generations in this country any talk by an elected official of cutting Social Security meant political suicide.

Hospital ERs at market’s mercy

I've long been a firm believer in public health care for all. Why not? We've had hugely successful Social Security and Medicare for decades.

The government hostage crisis

What to do in a hostage crisis? Sometimes it seems there are no good choices. Giving in to the demands may save the hostage's life for now, but it encourages the terrorist to try again.

New poll: Americans disagree with Republicans on Social Security, Medicare

The Republican leadership is setting itself up on a crash course with the sentiments of the American people - Democrats, independents and Republicans alike, according to a just-released poll.

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