lennyp

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  • lennyp commented on the blog post More CEOs Join Push to Cut Social Security in a Grand Bargain

    2012-10-25 12:28:57View | Delete

    I agree!
    1) Reform Medicare and Medicaid: let’s start with universal single payer so everyone is covered; essentially Medicare for all. We can pay for it with the premiums current going to the people that own the insurance companies and negotiating with big pharma and medical supply houses. Doctor can graduate from public medical schools debt free in exchange for setting up practices in rural areas and inner cities where there are shortages.

    2) Strengthen Social Security: immediately eliminate the earning cap. Lower the retirement age to 60 creating new jobs by creating job openings for new workers and by making sure that SS payments are high enough that retired people have additional money to spend to keep the economy growing.

    3) Comprehensive and pro-growth tax reform: we have historically proven methods for economic growth. We need only look at the period our nation experienced the greatest growth, 1950′s and early 1960′s and re-institute the tax policies, financial regulations, and workers rights. Or we can just put back the Clinton era tax rates and make Glass-Steagall a law of the land again. Either way, assuming no more unfunded wars, we immediately get the debt under control and the economy growing again.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post Reminder: US Can Borrow Extremely Cheaply at the Moment

    2012-05-30 15:24:10View | Delete

    Of course, the government borrows a lot of this money from the mega-banks which “borrow” the money from the Fed at an interest rate close to 0%. We should get the Fed to loan directly to the government and eliminate the middle man but the Fed won’t nor will our Congress so we 99% continue to get ripped off by the 0.1%.

  • There is no issue with Warren’s accountability just as her Cherokee heritage is a non-issue. The simple fact of the matter is that she, an honorable and honest woman, is a threat to those that currently have bought our country ergo whatever it takes to bring her down whether it be lies, innuendo, or FUD will be used.

  • Were that Elizabeth Warren were running for president this year! She’s won’t sell us out as Obama has done.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post Maybe The 39% Aren’t Wrong

    2011-07-20 08:41:03View | Delete

    If Obama goes the 14th amendment route and declares the debt ceiling unconstitutional it is highly likely that the Repubs will immediately go to court to challenge Obama with the distinct possibility that a court will put everything on hold pending the legal battle and outcome in the courts. Of course, it would end up SCOTUS where all bets are off as to the outcome. SCOTUS has a marvelous way of divining what the writers of the Constitution and the amendments intended regardless of the words they chose to express themselves.

  • We should be pushing “our” politicians to support the people’s budget. Thank you for bringing it up

  • lennyp commented on the blog post Retaliating against State-Sponsored Cyber War

    2011-05-31 07:45:49View | Delete

    Actually, I can see hacking by another government as an act of war. What if, during the Cold War the Soviets hacked into our missile system and re-targeted the warheads? What if Pakistan hacked into our air traffic control with the express purpose of destroying planes and the people in them. How about a foreign country hacking into the computer in our cars and wrecking havoc in our daily lives? There are numerous other deadly scenarios which can be created.

    The problem I see, simply put, is I don’t trust “our” military or “our” government with the potential power this invests in them.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post Retaliating against State-Sponsored Cyber War

    2011-05-31 07:39:40View | Delete

    Since when do our laws apply to “our” military — or our politicians, for that matter? The only time the law seems to matter is when it’s for the expedience of whichever current political party is in charge.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post NY-26: Desperate Corwin Flip-Flops on Medicare Phase-Out

    2011-05-23 08:48:48View | Delete

    And who is going to assure the accuracy of the ballot? Did Prosser really win in Wisconsin by around 7000 “lost” votes? Who really won the 2000 presidency? The way elections are done in most states leave them highly vulnerable to fraud — and with the new electronic voting the potential (actual?) fraud is very high.

  • What interesting to me is the age breakdown. Apparently those with the greatest concern about the future, those who will be living with these decisions for most of their lives, are the ones most adamantly against the Ryan plan and prefer the Obama plan. And those who are the oldest and have a short term view prefer the Ryan plan.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post The Latest in Wisconsin: Recalls Taking Center Stage

    2011-03-14 13:25:21View | Delete

    Koch brother lackeys and the national guard. It would be the ultimate privatization and not uniques in the annuals of labor history in the U.S.

  • lennyp commented on the blog post Look Forward, and Promote the Torturers

    2011-02-09 12:19:07View | Delete

    “These are the CIA officers responsible for the Agency’s biggest known fuck-ups and crimes since 9/11.”

    Where as to us these are (to put it mildly) “fuck-ups,” to our “intelligence” community they are business as usual. What is the scariest to me is the simple fact that those in our intelligence community, and most all of those politicians that oversee our intelligence community find nothing wrong in these actions except perhaps that they came to light.

    Whether it’s the rationalization of the ends justifying the means as an excuse for crimes against humanity (eg torture) or simply an easy venue for sadists to practice their arts, our intelligence and political community is in need of a complete overhaul starting with international prosecution as per the Nuremberg trials.

  • lennyp commented on the diary post Tort Reform Means You Pay For Others’ Errors by Ruth Calvo.

    2010-12-26 14:56:17View | Delete

    What I don’t understand is how those that purport to be free marketers are those that demand tort reform the loudest? Don’t they understand that tort reform is simply government regulation under another name and equally “noxious?”

  • lennyp commented on the diary post Tort Reform Means You Pay For Others’ Errors by Ruth Calvo.

    2010-12-26 14:55:29View | Delete

    What I don’t understand is how those that purport to be free marketers are those that tort reform the loudest? Don’t they understand that tort reform is simply government regulation under another name and equally “noxious?”