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Posted on December 7 at 10:10 a.m.
"- The Obama administration has not always been great at selling its agenda, but the president's adoption of the right-wing slur "Obamacare" as a prideful new name for the Affordable Care Act has been a notable exception. We often think the proper response to being called a dirty name is to object. That's a good first step, but in the long term, the judo approach is constructive -- hurl the power being used against you back to your opponent."
"But this doesn't mean we'd be better off if Obama hadn't adopted the term Obamacare. For one, for those in favor of the program, the term stands as a useful reminder of one of the few large-scale triumphs of this administration on the domestic policy front. Health care policy isn't as inherently dramatic as battles over education, the environment or the culture wars. In the grand scheme of things, Obama's legacy in the popular consciousness is better served by a term as memory friendly as Obamacare, just as the Johnson administration is better served by its association with Medicare rather than "Social Security Act Title XVIII.""
On Health Insurance Woes Continue for UCSB Employees
Posted on December 7 at 10:03 a.m.
"2014 will be a big year for health care reform. Over the next few months, you’ll probably be hearing about it — and a lot of new terms associated with it. Right now, the most important thing for you to know is that UC’s medical plans already meet all the legal requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and you don’t need to take any action outside of the usual enrollment activities."
UC Health Care
Posted on December 5 at 11:46 p.m.
This has nothing to do with ACA.
Posted on December 4 at 11:10 a.m.
I don't think the Cold Springs barrier was built to stop people jumping off all bridges - not by any stretch of the imagination. It was built not only to afford better protection for those trying to help (one person was nearly pulled over the bridge helping someone because of the extremely low old barrier), but to help stop people from using that particular bridge because retrieving the body was not without significant risks to those doing so. Cold Springs Bridge is the highest steel arch bridge in California, and the original guard rail of 32" high was a joke.
On Man Commits Suicide After Stabbing Business Partner
Posted on December 4 at 12:27 a.m.
I guess that is why the Iran lovers imposed the harshest sanctions by any US admin on Iran.
That link (commonsense?) looks like the trashy tabloids displayed at check-out counters.
On Bad Deal
Posted on December 4 at 12:21 a.m.
The animals at the SBMNH cannot be released into the wild. They were injured to the point of being unable to care for themselves. They are living the rest of their lives in peace.
On No New Buildings for Museum of Natural History
Posted on December 3 at 12:08 p.m.
So is that why the wages of the middle class have flat-lined in the last 30 years? Why the top 1% have seen their income increase by over 200%
Why the minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation?
Why Walmart that is making gazillions of dollars, do not pay their employees enough?
Why the rest of us have to pay for those poor wages? Why McDonalds have told their employees to take food stamps. Why Walmart had a food drive for their own employees by their own employees.
"Apple, Walmart and McDonald's are among the largest corporate employers and profit-makers in the U.S., with a total of 2.6 million employees worldwide (1.6 million in the U.S.) and combined 2012 pre-tax profits of more than $88 billion.
All three companies pay the majority of their employees low wages: poverty-level wages. This is borne out by SEC data and the companies' own press releases. The only question is who gets away with the most profits while their employees are forced to tap into public money -- our tax money -- for food stamps, healthcare and other assistance.
- See more at: http://thecontributor.com/economy/whe...
Whose rights exactly, are being trampled ? I think a real reality check is required. Why was the middle class the strongest when the unions were the strongest?
On NLRB Sets <em>News-Press</em> Hearing
Posted on December 2 at 11:20 a.m.
Really like the word "thrivability". Wish we could all thrive with solar panels on our roofs, and nuclear power stations close.
On New Marine Preserve for Central Coast?
Posted on December 1 at 12:01 p.m.
This was from Bolton in January:
"But the waiver provisions simply increase the likelihood that the new sanctions will have little effect."
"Now, however, there are only two possible outcomes: Either Iran gets nuclear weapons or it doesn’t. To ensure that it doesn’t, the only viable option is to break Iran’s weapons program militarily. This would surely be an unpleasant undertaking, and may well have undesirable short-term economic consequences. But which is worse: Iran as a permanent nuclear power, or the short-term risks that would arise from swift action to prevent that result?"
Comment - at least in the Independent, rebuttals are possible.
Posted on December 1 at 11:44 a.m.
Purdue University experts with experience in analyzing nuclear programs say the deal reached recently with Iran signifies an important milestone.
But experts say the deal, which requires Iran to submit to regular inspections and dilute its uranium stockpile in exchange for certain economic sanctions being lifted, is only the first step in reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation.
“People have said that this agreement is the most significant agreement between the U.S. and Iran since the Iranian revolution,” said Bryan Sims, a doctoral student in Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering who worked with former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “There’s a tendency to get excited about it, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.”
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