No pension. No savings. No future. No wonder we’re betting the house on crypto | Rohit Thawani

No pension. No savings. No future. No wonder we’re betting the house on crypto

Rohit Thawani

We need a way out. We need a way up. That’s why I – and so many others – have jumped into cryptocurrency with both feet

‘Every gain is a win for decentralization and every loss a reminder that crypto is a gamble, just like the stock market.’ Photograph: Dado Ruvić/Reuters

‘Every gain is a win for decentralization and every loss a reminder that crypto is a gamble, just like the stock market.

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The Democrats’ Last Chance to Make Build Back Better Better

The deal between House progressives and centrists on the Build Back Better Act (BBB) held, even after a poorly rendered Congressional Budget Office score that showed the legislation adding to the deficit (primarily because the CBO is barred from showing any benefit from dumping $80 billion into tax enforcement). House passage ensued without incident, unless you call Kevin McCarthy ranting for eight hours an incident.
But that was the easy part. The bill now goes to the Senate, where a certain two senators have withheld final approval for months.

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Progressive Social Security Reform Meets Reality

Republicans learned some hard political lessons from the failure of their 2005 reform push. Now, it’s Democrats’ turn.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F rom the mid 1990s through the mid 2000s, Social Security reform was a conservative issue. Seemingly every Republican senator or representative had a plan to fix America’s underfunded retirement program. Then, after the failure of President George W. Bush’s 2005 reform effort, Republican enthusiasm dwindled and Democrats came to have the issue all to themselves.

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Progressive Social Security Reform Meets Reality

Republicans learned some hard political lessons from the failure of their 2005 reform push. Now, it’s Democrats’ turn.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F rom the mid 1990s through the mid 2000s, Social Security reform was a conservative issue. Seemingly every Republican senator or representative had a plan to fix America’s underfunded retirement program. Then, after the failure of President George W. Bush’s 2005 reform effort, Republican enthusiasm dwindled and Democrats came to have the issue all to themselves.

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The GOP’s new ‘Southern Strategy’ evokes civil war and bloodshed — but it has a fatal flaw

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On Wednesday, all but two Republicans in the House of Representatives went on record saying it’s okay to openly encourage the assassination of one of their own, a person of color and elected Member of the House.
That part about Representative Ocasio-Cortez not being white was no coincidence, by the way. It was really at the core of the issue: Republicans now openly refer to her and the women of color who call themselves “the Squad” as the “Jihad caucus.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Biden python never stops squeezing

OPINION:
The Social Security folks have announced a 5.9% cost-of-living increase for those who receive benefits. So those who have worked all of their lives, played by the rules and are ready to finally enjoy life are happy. Yay! But hold on — at the same time, Joe Biden’s Medicare flunkies have announced that in 2022 there will be increases in Medicare premiums, deductibles and co-pays, to the tune of over 14%. Medicare recipients get stabbed in the back.
So the Biden squeeze continues.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Biden python never stops squeezing

OPINION:
The Social Security folks have announced a 5.9% cost-of-living increase for those who receive benefits. So those who have worked all of their lives, played by the rules and are ready to finally enjoy life are happy. Yay! But hold on — at the same time, Joe Biden’s Medicare flunkies have announced that in 2022 there will be increases in Medicare premiums, deductibles and co-pays, to the tune of over 14%. Medicare recipients get stabbed in the back.
So the Biden squeeze continues.

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Seven Forgotten Stories From 1995

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people: federal workers, people applying for social security cards, and 15 of the 21 children in the America’s Kids day care center. One of those children had just had her first birthday the day before.
Two days after the bombing, Attorney General Janet Reno announced that Timothy McVeigh had been arrested for the attack. McVeigh was a white supremacist, anti-government terrorist.

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Seven Forgotten Stories From 1995

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people: federal workers, people applying for social security cards, and 15 of the 21 children in the America’s Kids day care center. One of those children had just had her first birthday the day before.
Two days after the bombing, Attorney General Janet Reno announced that Timothy McVeigh had been arrested for the attack. McVeigh was a white supremacist, anti-government terrorist.

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Brickbat: Just Gathering Information

Some parents are calling on Scottsdale, Arizona, Unified School District President Jann-Michael Greenburg to resign amid allegations he compiled a dossier on parents who have spoken out against school district policies. The dossier was uncovered when he sent an email with a screenshot of his computer screen showing a link to a Google Drive containing information on parents—including photos of them, their homes and their children—Social Security numbers, property records, and divorce decrees.

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