Congress Calls for Lung Cancer Screening Test Expansion Under Medicare

Preventative care is all the buzz these days in the medical field.  

Think about it: every so often, you take your car in for a tune up so as to hopefully prevent serious problems from occurring down the road. Maybe the mechanic will notice something’s slightly loose in your engine and tighten it. Had he or she not done that, a few more miles of wear and tear and your engine might have overheated—with you bearing the brunt of the bill.… [Read more]

Lobbying Part II: Where’d the money go?

K Street—the lobbying capital of our country. If you want something done, no matter what it is, you’ll be able to find someone on K street to lobby Congress on your behalf. But, is this a benefit to our political system?

It depends. If you’re a senior citizen, you probably belong to the AARP and like it that the AARP lobbies on issues concerning senior citizens.… [Read more]

Part I-The business of lobbying

Whether we like it or not, lobbying is part of our government. If it’s an issue that we like (education?) or one we don’t care too much about (taxes?), the fact remains that there is probably a lobbyist working on the issue. But, how big and pervasive is the business of lobbying? I know it’s a stupid question, but I get to ask it anyway because this is my post.… [Read more]

Immoral…

Religious leaders have called it immoral; some have even suggested that Jesus himself would oppose it. Various leaders of the Republican party have opposed it and even David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director, called it a fairy tale. Many on the left have referred to it as ‘austerity on steroids.’

What has all of these different people so upset?… [Read more]

Fairness and Equality

The other day, I listened to a priest talk about the Parable of the Prodigal Son. As he spoke, I started to think about what it really means to be a Christian and a human being in America today.

By no means am I a religious person, but the philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth has always been one of my guiding lights.… [Read more]

Stanley Hudson, Fashion Designer: A Class Act

I started watching Project Runway this year in an attempt to understand what designers are thinking when they fashion clothing. First and most important, the best designers are artists first.  I like artists; after all, I am one.… [Read more]

Paving the Way to a Legacy: Beyond Inauguration Day

With the eyes of the nation focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Barack H. Obama will be sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Whether we agree with his politics or policies there is one thing about which we should all agree: we are bearing witness to a powerful, historic event – one which is a significant reminder of the greatness of a democracy.… [Read more]

Dangling Opulence

I watched in horror as my home, New York City, was being blown away by Hurricane Sandy, and I was full of fear for my family and friends who were taking the mighty storm head on. I started thinking of the poor and the homeless and how they would survive the impact of the deviating storm.… [Read more]

S#!t Just Got Real

There is a lot of talk these days about the sandwich generation — people of a certain age who have both children and aging parents whom they care for. Some, like myself, may only have parents to care for. Even without the added duty of child rearing one may still feel ‘squeezed’ in the middle, only the last thing it feels like is being between two soft pieces of bread!… [Read more]

An Open Letter to Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan has announced that he will be offering the closing prayer at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. I decided to write him a letter.

Dear Cardinal Dolan:

You posted this tweet on your Facebook page:

St Augustine said there will be peace in the Christian heart only as long as our faith is watchful.[Read more]

Remembering Lyndon B. Johnson Amidst Today’s GOP

On this day in 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born. With all of the GOP’s documented anti-democratic voter suppression efforts underway across the country, this quote from President Johnson came to mind:

A man without a vote is a man without protection.

Reading this quote, on his birthday, made me think about Johnson’s legacy and how far we as a nation have come since his presidency.… [Read more]

Ryan’s Hopeless

Last week, Conservative Nation was basking in the orgasmic afterglow of Paul Ryan. Two Saturdays ago when Ryan was named Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate, I went on The Drudge Report. I do this from time to time. It’s like watching a really bad porn. You keep watching and watching hoping to see something interesting and, yet, nothing actually happens.… [Read more]

Let’s Call a Spade a Spade: Why Paul Ryan Is Anything But Nice

Since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his presidential running mate there has been a barrage of commentary surrounding the seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin. Quite naturally there has been much talk of his influence by Russian-American novelist and atheist Ayn Rand whom he has credited as his inspiration for entering politics. Something which he now is adamantly distancing himself — actually flat-out denying.… [Read more]

Rick Scott: Screwing Florida Since 1997

Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, has always been a busy man. It took a lot of work, while he was CEO of Columbia/HCA, to screw taxpayers out of millions of dollars resulting from crooked Medicare billing practises. But, being the shameless and active guy he is, he figured that once the company ultimately admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to coughed up $600 million to  the federal government, becoming a vulture venture capitalist then running for governor was the next likely step in his career.… [Read more]

Senior Support for Mitt?

A recent poll (polls...yeah, I know…) mentioned that Mitt Romney is leading President Obama in support from senior citizens. Other polls and articles have noted that of those who support Romney, a large number would be more likely to cast a vote against the POTUS rather than for R-Money. Regardless of the poll and how the results may be (mis)interpreted, a very important question must be asked: Who are those seniors supporting Romney, and what they thinking?[Read more]

Ayn Rand, An Intellectual Fraud

The libertarian movement finds great comfort in the works of Ayn Rand without realizing that her books are essentially a work of fiction that have no basis in reality.

The first time I read Ayn Rand was when I was in high school. I do not remember whether it was Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead. However, I certainly remember what I came back with, my synopsis: “It takes a lot of words to fool the world”.… [Read more]

Retirement Planning

The Democrats have a platform that says they're committed to making it easier for Americans to save for retirement on their own. What does the Republican platform say other than 'SCREW YOU, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN? Well, of course we all have to save on our own; many corporations kicked us to the curb ages ago when they decided that pension funds... Read more...

4 Things I Hate About 2012 Politics

In advance of the punditry sure to bubble up and over in the next several months, I’ve gone ahead and drawn my line in the sand. What follows below are issues that will likely play a significant role in the 2012 election. I loathe them, and I thought you ought to know about it.

  • Apathy

You’re “disappointed” with politics.… [Read more]

For The Economy’s Sake…

…Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Congress will, at some point, have to make a decision before their next taxpayer subsidised vacation on whether or not to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that were put in place during George W. Bush’s presidency. It’s really clear to me though not clear to any viewers of FOX/Fake News that the Republicans aren’t anxious to take any action that will move the country forward given how much they loathe the POTUS represent compromise with the Democrats but, perhaps, they can consider that letting the tax cuts expire will boost their image among sane people and enhance the nation’s overall economic picture.… [Read more]

Taxpayer Funded Benefits For Congress

Taxpayer-funded benefits for members of Congress is a topic I have been bitching complaining about for ages. It’s a point of contention for me that the people who sit as the supreme overlords rulers over the rest of us are able to collect substantial benefits funded by taxpayers especially since they don’t do much to earn them — the same benefits that they seem to think the rest of us are not “entitled” to.… [Read more]