CBO Report Ignores Full Savings in Health Reform

Health reform advocates pushed back this weekend against a new insurance industry and congressional Republican offensive to block or slow down President Obama's push to overhaul health care by pointing out that the most important accomplishment of reform would be to relieve in the financial burden the current broken health system has on the economy.


Can Cars Run on Water?

There are a number of online marketing offers of kits that will convert your car to “run on water,” but these should be viewed skeptically.


Health Reform's Momentum, the Public Option and Costs

Health care reform gained new momentum this week with several major endorsements. Wednesday, July 15, the Senate HELP committee passed a version of the bill that closely fits President Obama's main principles for reform.

Light at the End of the Unemployment Line? (July 16th)

The latest jobless claims offer new hope of 'green shoots' emerging after more than 18 months of recession. A disappointing unemployment report earlier this month that saw the loss of 467,000 jobs in the month of June and a rise in the unemployment rate to 9.5 percent, caused predictions of a nearing economic turnaround to fall flat in recent months.


The Unholy Marriage to American Health Care

It appears people have married the healthcare system in this country. Americans are either unconvinced or unwilling to acknowledge that our healthcare system is corrupt, under-serving, unmanageable and outright dangerous.

Podcast #104 – Swine Flu, Popular Science and Junkyard Empire

On this episode, the government is now saying that the swine flu may not be as bad as expected, plus, we interview scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson about his new radio show, Star Talk Radio, and we talk with up and coming hip hop band Junkyard Empire about politics and music.


Get On Board High-speed Rail

It’s true that train travel is one of the lowest impact ways to get from point to point short of walking, jogging or bicycling. In the early part of the 20th century, with car and air travel both in their infancies, taking the train was really the only practical way for Americans to get from city to city.


Clean Energy to be Focus of China-US Talks

Stronger China-US cooperation on clean energy will be the goal of two US officials who will be visiting China this week. US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be in China from Tuesday to Friday.


Lonesome Hobo Economics: Mountaintop-removal on Recovery Road

In the Coal-creek river valley in Southern West Virginia actress Daryl Hannah and NASA climatologist James Hansen were arrested protesting continuation of mountain top – 'surface' – mining, warning of dire environmental consequences and unfunded costs exceeding the value of coal mined.


Message to Obama: We Need a New Deal

Now they are out to nickel and dime us to death. Here in my home town the traffic and parking department has been prevailed upon to “step up” its enforcement activity – and maneuvering to have parking meters work far into the night – in order help cover some of the city’s budget deficit.

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