Category Archives: Government social programs

The cost to a low-income family of having one child in high school band

According to my once-per-week housekeeper, Gloria — the single mother of one bright and hard-working kid who loves the clarinet and plays one in his high school marching band — during her son’s first year in the band she incurred these … Continue reading

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Obama’s new deficit reduction plan reflects a marked change in strategy

The President has finally accepted the sad fact that there is no “new politics.” There is only politics. He now plans to lead accordingly, per Ezra Klein: President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan . . . is most interesting for what’s not in … Continue reading

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Mark Cuban on wealth, patriotism, and taxes

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks: . . . Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have … Continue reading

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Congressman Ryan calls the proposed Buffet tax rule “class warfare.” How rich.

The New York Times reports that President Obama will propose the “Buffett Rule,” named after Warren E. Buffett, the billionaire investor who has complained repeatedly that the richest Americans generally pay a smaller share of their income in federal taxes than … Continue reading

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101 year old woman evicted from house she’d lived in for 58 years

This should not happen to my mother or yours. From WXYZ TV in Detroit: At 101-years-old, Texana Hollis is completely broken hearted. She has good reason to be. She was evicted from her Southwest Detroit home where she has lived for the … Continue reading

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Hurt by a spaceship or a parrot? The remarkably specific new insurance billing codes

Hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. Apparently, these don’t allow for enough nuance. So a new version is in the works, the ICD-10, that will expand the number … Continue reading

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Social Security, nothing remotely like a Ponzi scheme, is easily fixed with minor tweaks

Here’s sane, moderate, and consummately well-informed twenty-something, Ezra Klein: Over the next 75 years, Social Security’s shortfall is equal to about 0.7 percent of GDP (pdf). If we increase its revenues by that amount — which could be accomplished by lifting the … Continue reading

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