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America’s “Friends Door”

Jul31

By John Feehery

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“Usa counties large” by USA Counties.svg: U.S. Census Bureau
derivative work: Abe.suleiman (talk) – USA Counties.svg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I have a friend who likes to say that his friends door is closed, meaning that he is too old to meet new friends.

His point is that you only have a finite number of very good friends and he has reached his quota. (more…)

Topic: Immigration

Some Incomplete Thoughts on Solving the Persistent Poverty Problems In This Country

Jul30

By John Feehery

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“Paul Ryan–113th Congress–” by United States House of Representatives – http://paulryan.house.gov/uploadedphotos/highresolution/3f3943d8-cea4-4f6b-96ac-3c25fd3ef24e.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Who (or what) is to blame for persistent poverty in this country?

Is it inequities in the marketplace?

Is it the inefficiency and corruption in government programs? (more…)

Topic: poverty

What If Medicare Spending Slowed Because Of Part D?

Jul29

By John Feehery

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank.)

In about 16 years, both the Medicare and Social Security trust funds will basically be out of money, according to the report released Monday by the programs’ trustees.

The trustees’ report wasn’t all doom and gloom. While Social Security is going broke faster than anticipated, Medicare’s financial forecast has slightly improved. (more…)

Ebola!

Jul29

By John Feehery

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“Ebola virus virion” by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith – Public Health Image Library, #10816
This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #10816.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Oh Great.

First, it was global warming.

Then, it was the financial crisis. (more…)

Topic: Ebola

Republican Rubik’s Cube

Jul29

By John Feehery

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“Marco Rubio, Official Portrait, 112th Congress” by US Senate – Email from the Office of Senator Marco Rubio. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

Putting together a governing political coalition is like figuring out a Rubik’s Cube: To win, you have to get all the pieces to fit together.  (more…)

 

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