The American Institute for Progressive Democracy will be sponsoring a public forum entitled ‘The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): How Will it Affect You?’ on Sunday October 13 at 2pm. This will not be a theoretical discussion of the Act – that is already a law. The aim is to inform members of the public the effect of the law, especially when the exchanges are up and running on October 1. Various members of the public badly need information about how it will affect them and what to do to obtain their benefits.
Welcome back to the extensively re-designed Progressive Democracy!
By Andrew Winnick, David M. Winnick, Ivan Light, & Chris Rubel
In view of the importance of the issue concerning a U.S. punitive strike against Syria, Progressive Democracy is publishing three different, and opposing, pieces on what we as liberals think should be done. They are very powerfully presented and argued. The Winnicks and Ivan Light have read each other’s paper and respond to the contrary arguments. Rubel’s essay is by someone not usually involved in these public discussions. Probably nowhere else than here can one get such a thorough and well done review of the arguments by liberals for and against the U.S. striking at Syrian facilities.
Poem by Nizar Kabbani
By Merrill Ring
What was the Boston Tea Party all about? What we did not learn as children and why it is applicable to our problems today.
By Bob Gerecke
It’s the same old story: the rich capture a protest. The original Tea Party aims have been hijacked by big money.
Poem by Touria Majdouline
By Charles Bayer
Texas is a failed state, existing only because of its ability to bring in those taught elsewhere (and because its oil fields). Their educational system is the outcome of an anti-creative impulse.
By John Grula
Solar and other renewable energy sources have never looked better since the closure of the leaking San Onofre Nuclear Power Plan. (Part of an ongoing series on the performance of a major utility company and the complicity of the state’s utility regulatory agency in its misbehavior.)
Poem by Tammy Ho Lai-ming
By Bob Gerecke
The government loaned money to General Motors (and others) because they were too big to fail. The government (we the citizens) made money on the deal. Why not expand the loan program during a recession/depression to businesses and citizens whose individual failure would not wreck the economy but whose collective failures would?
By Merrill Ring
We Americans boast of our freedom – but we rarely stop to think about what freedom is. Philosophers and political theorists distinguish two types of liberty: if we are to think about our freedom we must take that distinction into account.
By Ivan Light
When we think of immigrants at work, we think of the person cutting our grass, plucking chickens, washing dishes in our favorite restaurant. We don’t think of the immigrant as a business owner, as an entrepreneur. Yet here is one statistic: In 2010, immigrants composed 15.7 percent of wage and salary workers, but 17.7 percent of the unincorporated self-employed, and 15.3 percent of the incorporated self-employed. Ivan Light’s outstanding research paper helps us re-think the place of immigrants in our economy.
Poem by Vorea Ujko
by Merrill Ring
Doctors are taught they have a responsibility to their individual patients. It was not mentioned 2500 years ago that the practice of medicine must concern itself with the health of the entire population that it serves.
Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.
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