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GOP agenda undermines our citizens

From the failure of state Republicans to assign immediate effect” to the Medicaid expansion legislation to the ongoing attacks on workers and the poor, the GOP agenda has been overwhelmingly harmful to our state. The lack of “immediate effect” for Medicaid expansion means it will not take effect until three months after the adjournment of the legislature. The governor’s budget director estimates this will c ...

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‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

Republicans have made it clear their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report last week that found: “Social Security benefits play a vital role in re ...

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In Medicaid fight, GOP governors stand in hospital door

The tea party effort to torpedo health-care reform at the federal level has been repelled, but only after the campaign shut down the government, threatened default on the U.S. debt and cost the country billions. But that victory should not blind us to how destructive the rejectionists have been at the state level. In the name of states’ rights, right-wing governors and legislators will leave some eight mill ...

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Coping with student loan repayment

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the sa ...

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Don’t let Jones Day sell out Detroit!

On Oct. 21, in the absence of any more than the most minimal public disclosure and discussion of an issue of such historic and overriding importance to the people and city of Detroit, the Detroit City Council dealt a blow to the greed-fueled plans of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his employer — Detroit’s “restructuring counsel” Jones Day. ...

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It’s time for an intervention

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the ...

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Stuck on stupid

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” – Thomas Sowell Why do we keep electing the same people to the same office year after year, putting them in charge of our lives, despite having the absolute proof that they have not, are not, and will not work in our best interests? The debt ...

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It’s time to stop abusing America’s public employees

The government shutdown engineered by the Republican tea party zealots in the House of Representatives has finally ended after nearly three weeks. The damage was done. Infants went without nutrition. Children were locked out of pre-school programs. Scientists lost support and locked up labs. The people who took the biggest hit, of course, were public employees — the workers who serve the American people. So ...

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Dr. Ben Carson ‘jumps Jim Crow’

Dr. Ben Carson is a world renowned American neurosurgeon. He is a brilliant physician with an incredibly compelling and motivational story. Born into poverty in Detroit in 1951 and raised by a single mother with a third-grade education, Carson became the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins and the youngest to head a surgical department. His focus, work ethic and commitment to excellence should be emul ...

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‘Coal can kill’

It should hurt anyone enough to hear the numbers from a Clean Air Task Force study showing DTE power plants contribute to 572 deaths, 916 heart attacks, 180 premature births and 8,990 asthma attacks each year. That hurt becomes so much more real, however, when you've spent the past year or so like I have organizing in communities like River Rouge and Trenton where two of DTE's coal-fired power plants reside ...

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