| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:16 PM
Dear Liz: I have $40,000 in credit card debt due to home healthcare I had to provide for my mom, who lived with me for six years before she passed away in 2011. I filed a Veterans Affairs claim on her behalf but just got a VA check for $344 with no...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:58 PM
You can always identify true ideologues -- their pitch never changes, no matter the weather, political or otherwise. That's the case with Fix the Debt, a lobby group for deficit hawks that's connected umbilically to hedge fund billionaire Peter G....
| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:25 AM
Mickey Kaus, the neoliberal (whatever that is) blogger from L.A.'s Westside, writes in the Daily Caller that he has just discovered he had no taxed income last year.
"I am the 47%," he declares, referring to Mitt Romney's celebrated rant about non-tax-...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare.
The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:39 PM
To the chronicles of misbegotten corporate adventures with social media, we can add a new, sterling event.
The anti-deficit lobbying organization Fix the Debt staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday. Its goal presumably was to reach...
| Sep 22, 2013
During the 2012 presidential primary season, Republican candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich vied with each other in asserting ownership of historic welfare reform legislation. The measure was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, who...
| Sep 20, 2013
Re "The skinny on the Inform Act: It's likely to misinform," Column, Sept. 18
Michael Hiltzik reveals yet another attempt to undermine Social Security and Medicare, this time by driving a wedge between generations.
Boston University economist Laurence...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
A couple of well-heeled anchor-reporters for CNBC -- the type of people who need never beg for lunch dates among Wall Street bankers -- Friday batted around the supposed threat to the republic posed by hordes of seniors collecting Social Security...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving the National Football League an enormous break -- at the expense of players who get hurt, sometimes devastatingly, entertaining the fans. He should be ashamed.
The measure (AB 1309) may have been the most...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
That's the experiment "60 Minutes" conducted Sunday. The result was...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:52 PM
The glittering new deal to end the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis has one tiny sop to the Republicans. Let's hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back about it.
The sop is a provision to tighten "income verification" for...