Remember inflation? Let Trumponomics remind you

It’s been perhaps a generation and a half since America experienced the pain of double-digit inflation. We don’t talk much about inflation these days, because it isn’t happening except in the most minuscule measurements. For years we were told by Republicans that profligate spending by Democrats would put the United States further and further into…

Scarborough’s misconceptions about liberals in the media

Daily Kos called Joe Scarborough the “resident Republican blowhard on MSNBC.” Daily Kos and many other on the left-leaning outlets have taken Scarborough to task. Really. All Scarborough did was to assert that almost every mainstream news anchor or Sunday morning interview show is liberal. He cited a number: David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite,…

New rules for Medicaid managed care: What do they mean for Missouri?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released new rules, the first in over a decade, for Medicaid managed programs. These rules “would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in…

No excuses: Expand Medicaid

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch correctly identifies problems with the Missouri Medicaid program (“Medicaid missteps,” May 10). But citing the system as “broken” as a reason to deny Echo Garrett the health insurance she deserves is a red herring. For three years we have talked with legislators, advocating on behalf of the 180,000 low-income Missourians denied…

ATM fees rip off $19 million from California’s public-assistance recipients

Big banks lifted more than $19 million out of the wallets of poor people in California in 2012, by charging them unnecessarily high fees for withdrawing cash from their EBT [Electronic Benefit Transfer] cards. That’s the conclusion reached by a just-released study of ATM fees charged to Californians who receive benefits under CalWORKS –the state’s…

Robert Reich: The war on the poor and working class, in 2 min., 15 sec.

This is the best summary of the not-so-hidden agenda of the corporate class to weaken the tiny bit of power the working class still has.  Robert Reich explains in 2 min. 15 sec. what the rest of us have been writing whole essays about for years.  Until we get this story out, the majority of…

Resurging interest in Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Movement

Biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. As she looked to a new project, she realized that she had tremendous interest in the progressive movement at the turn of the 19th century. She thereupon wrote her widely-acclaimed book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt,…

Extending unemployment payments — a matter of fairness: Progressive Blog Digest

The Senate passes unemployment payments, Obama ramps up the pressure. What will the House Repubs do?  See today’s full Progressive Blog Digest here.   The Senate: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/unemployment-insurance-advances-senate/ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/07/1267814/-Unemployment-aid-moves-forward-nbsp-in-nbsp-Senate http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/unemployment-benefits-senate-vote_n_4554728.html http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jobless-aid-advances-despite-gop-obstruction http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/07/a-surprising-step-forward-for-unemployment-benefits/ Obama: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/07/obama-to-congress-do-your-job-and-extend-unemployment-benefits.html http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/07/1267823/-President-Obama-pushes-for-unemployment-benefits-extension The House: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/01/07/house-gop-leaders-coach-rank-and-file-on-discussing-unemployment/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to…