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Safe over 55?

Not exactly.

In response, the GOP is doubling down on the idea that today’s seniors won’t be affected. That’s partly true. Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare into a limited insurance subsidy, the most controversial aspect of the budget, wouldn’t take effect until 2022.

But the proposal would also repeal last year’s health care law, which means reopening a coverage gap in Medicare’s prescription-drug benefit that the statute closed. The gap, commonly called the “doughnut hole,” requires seniors to pay 100 percent of any prescription costs after the annual total reaches $2,840 and until it hits $4,550. Those who spend more or less have at least three-quarters of the costs covered. Under the 2010 health law, Medicare will pay 7 percent of the cost of generic drugs and 50 percent on name-brand pharmaceuticals; by 2020, the doughnut hole will be closed.
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New Anonymous video

Wingnut hero

Ralph Reed. Obviously, Republicans have gotten hold of that new pill that erases unpleasant memories!

Fund drive!

Still working hard, still asking for donations to support this work. I’m not talking about the people in the same boat – I’m talking about the people who have it, can spare it and still haven’t donated.

Please click here to donate. (Note the instructions for people who don’t have a Paypal account.)

As always, thanks for your support.

Lesson of the day

Anything or anyone the Kochs didn’t buy, Pete Peterson did.

Marcellus shale

Nothing is allowed to get in the way of fracking.

Bad news

Only 54K jobs created, unemployment rate rises to 9.1%.

What’s that definition of insanity again? Just keep doing that austerity dance, boys.

I’d like to make something clear: I am not advocating revolution. I am predicting it, which is different. I’m 56 goddamned years old, the last thing I want to deal with in my remaining years is a revolution. But our leaders, political, social and economic, have had their heads stuck so firmly up their asses, for so long, that eventually, the people’s anger is going to erupt. And when it does happen, they will have brought it on themselves. You can’t have government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich without consequences.

It’s like watching someone poking a stick in a hornet’s nest. Sooner or later, the law of cause and effect kicks in.

As Maine goes

High school kids can now work an eight-hour shift after school. This allows businesses to fill their ranks with low-paid children instead of paying a living wage to adults. Progress!

A very low bar

Apparently Chris Lehane doesn’t understand just how low our expectations of politicians are:

Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who helped former President Bill Clinton through his cheating scandal, said Edwards’ errors were particularly egregious even in an American society used to seeing political leaders stumble.

“The conduct went beyond what people expect and assume from politicians,” Lehane said.

No Wall Street executives indicted yet, by the way. No new JOBS.

And nothing on global warming.

Other than that, we’re cool!

‘D’ student

Sarah Palin. You know, Sarah, if you want to lead the country, you could at least learn the history. They let you read on the bus these days!

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