Wal-Mart has done some good environmental work reducing the use of plastics. And it has improved store workers’ compensation a bit. But there’s something really unpleasant about how it continues to beat down the world’s workers while enriching Sam Walton’s heirs to obscene levels.
Hundreds of human lives were lost and must be properly mourned. Eventually, thoughts should go to replacing the many toppled great trees that make up the South’s natural heritage.
Medicare is a beloved but dumb check-writing machine. It pays for most any treatment that works and rarely asks whether an older therapy would do the job just as well for less money. Comparative effectiveness research could be used to make such inquiries and save Medicare from becoming a defined benefit.
The difference between poor and rich countries is that the latter tax those with high incomes and regulate various activities. Republicans would take away the amenities that make our rich-country way of life — all on the false claim that there are no other choices.
The hoo-hah over the $262,500 a charity paid Bristol Palin to talk about the “devastating consequences” of teen pregnancy — while giving bona fide groups that really deal with problems only $35,000 — doesn’t touch the most appalling aspect of the story. The charity, the Candie’s Foundation, is run by the people who produce slutty clothes for young teens. What a culture!
The House Republican plan for Medicare is a political document intended to mollify those Tea Partiers who understand that Medicare is a government welfare program. Paul Ryan’s blueprint is fiscally honest, but not nice. And it’s going nowhere.
The beachfront condo owners on Singer Island pressed Palm Beach County to build breakwaters to stop the ocean from taking away their sand. The county said “no” in what is a victory for the environment, taxpayers and common sense.
You’ve got to give Newt credit for consistency. Nothing he does is wholesome.
His bankrolling by a Vegas executive under investigation by the feds — as reported by NBC’s Michael Isikoff — makes Newt’s serial wife trade-ins seem sweet by comparison