Tag Archives: entitlements

Richard Carmona Interview — Podcast October 22, 2012

The Meaning of Public Service: Dr. Richard Carmona Discusses His Candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson interview Dr. Richard Carmona, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Arizona. Dr. Carmona is a decorated … Continue reading

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A Manufactured Crisis — Podcast July 25, 2011

Debt Ceilings and the Deficit: The Republicans Threaten To Wreck the Government — Again. Newt Gingrich tried shutting the government down in 1995, and got handed his walking papers, but Republicans are nothing if not persistent. John Boehner’s grandstanding may … Continue reading

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Privatization Myths: Enron and the California Energy Crisis — Podcast June 20, 2011

No matter what Republicans say, sometimes government is the better bet: More than ten years ago, Republicans convinced California that selling off its power plants to private corporations would lower energy costs to the state’s public utility consumers. That’s NOT … Continue reading

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The Death of the Death of Medicare — Podcast May 16, 2011

The Death of the Death of Medicare: Why an increasing number of Republicans, including newly-announced GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, are now walking away from their own plan to gut Medicare. (Hint: the American people don’t like it.) https://verdevalleyindependentdemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/DemPerspective-05-16-11.mp3Podcast: Play … Continue reading

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Medicare and the Ryan Budget Plan — Podcast April 25, 2011

The End of Medicare? What the Ryan Budget Plan, which the Republican-controlled House passed on April 15, 2011, would really do to Medicare, and why it would be a terrible idea if it became law. (re-recorded due to technical difficulties … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at the Republican Plan to “Reform” Medicare.

The Ryan budget plan, which was recently passed by Republicans in the US House of Representatives, purports to “reform” Medicare by offering a defined benefit plan.  Congressman Ryan calls it a “premium” plan that allows Medicare beneficiaries to choose health insurance “the same way … Continue reading

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Debunking Common Myths about Social Security

For many years, conservatives opposed to Social Security have created and perpetuated a number of myths regarding our social safety net. Following are just a few of those myths and the non-partisan truth about the program: Myth 1 – We … Continue reading

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Social Security and the Deficit Hawks — Podcast April 11, 2011

Social Security and the Deficit Hawks: Why Social Security isn’t an entitlement, and isn’t going broke, despite what conservative Republicans would like you to believe. https://verdevalleyindependentdemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/DemPerspective-04-11-11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

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Social Security Is Insurance. Not An Entitlement.

Shamed by scenes of the elderly living in abject poverty following the Great Depression, Congress passed the Social Security Act which was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. At the time, poverty rates among senior … Continue reading

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