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  • Charles Lane: The US needs to get serious about its defense spending

    In the run-up to this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, much has been made of the fact that the United States is one of just a handful of the 28 member states that spends more than 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense along...
  • U.S. healthcare spending growth to slow further: government report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare spending is expected to grow more slowly in the coming decade as a sluggish economic recovery and higher cost sharing in private insurance plans limit demand for services, a government report released on Wednesday...
  • 8/30: 30-word Rant

    Congress, with a 10 percent approval rating, will return 90 percent of the incumbents to office. This meets the definition of insanity: doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Fair Tax isn't fair. It slashes taxes for the rich and hikes...
  • Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable

    Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable
    Jack Behunin received welcome news last year from the Department of Veterans Affairs: Due to war-related medical conditions, he was being declared unfit to work, boosting his tax-free monthly disability compensation from $1,850 to $3,000. Not that he...
  • 'Hands off my Medicare' won't close shortfall: Editorial

    'Hands off my Medicare' won't close shortfall: Editorial
    When Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican nominee for vice president, toured Florida recently to promote his new book, he wasn't just greeted by fans. Protesters summoned by the Democratic Party and allied groups showed up to accuse the House budget chief of...
  • Public agency serves vets better: Front Burner

    In his second inaugural address in 1865, Abraham Lincoln urged the nation "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides free health care to more than 6.2 million...
  • NO: Public agency serves vets better than the private market

    In 1865, Abraham Lincoln urged the nation "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides free health care to more than 6.2 million veterans, at over 1,700 hospitals,...
  • On Labor Day, what about labor's fair share?

    For Labor Day, let's talk bluntly about labor's fair share of the profits and of the productivity of the economy. The hard truth is that labor, meaning the wide middle class, is not receiving its fair share. There is no clear-cut reversal of the middle...
  • How come nobody talks about the 'Obama bull market'?

    How come nobody talks about the 'Obama bull market'?
    It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time. It was somewhat less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a...
  • CBO explains jump in VA claims

    America's population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why have yearly VA disability payments...
  • Gas tax woes: Roads may crumble as people go green

    Gas tax woes: Roads may crumble as people go green
    There's just one problem with the push to drive less, buy an electric car, commute by public transit or ride bikes: People are doing it. "I feel so much better," said Scott Sanderson, who ditched his car years ago in favor of pedaling his bike to Willis...