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Budget Cuts and Tax Plan Are Reverse Robin Hood

By: Todd Smekens BLOG – Very quietly, Congress has set the stage for another upward redistribution from the poor and elderly to the richest 1% and corporations (Donor Class). This is being done by cutting programs which benefit the poor and elderly and then passing along the savings to the richest Americans and corporations in […]

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Community Government

Lane Siekman Speaks to Rural Indiana

By: Lane Siekman You know how a particular song just seems to speak to you at a point in your life. The words evoke memories and feelings that fill you with thoughts and emotions. It tends to play constantly in your head and make you reflect on your life and where you are at in […]

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Government

Why Rep. Luke Messer Isn’t Campaigning

MUNCIE, Indiana – Well, election season is coming to an end with this being the last day before Tuesday’s election. We’ve heard many comments about the “lack of interest” for the mid-term elections even though the congressional senate is up for control and the house has many seats up for grabs. The power structure is […]

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Business Government

Media & FCC: Misinformation Should Come With a Label

MUNCIE, IN – We’ve demanded it on food. We had to demand that it stop during children’s shows. We had to demand it be changed in school cafeterias. We had to demand that it stop being done by Congress. In our Caveat Emptor – Let the Buyer Beware – world, monied interests get to sell […]

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Government

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

I’m speculating here, but as we approach year’s end, I assume that Grover Norquist hasn’t been visited by Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and found spiritual redemption. Nonetheless, I’m betting that Grover Norquist feels pretty…

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Culture

Farm Bill: Farmers Are Losing Their Clout

(Photo of Luke Messer at Huntington Co 4H Fair taken by J Ryan Wall) The dropping of the Farm Bill by Congress before going to recess shows farming is losing its power in Washington. Even though Luke Messer (R) blamed the dying bill on drug addicted parents who receive food stamps (research shows a smaller […]

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Government

Federal Reserve Experimenting With US Economy

(Illustration by Victor Juhasz) Federal Reserve Couldn’t Wait for Washington to Reach a Consensus Last year I listened to two very intelligent people being interviewed on Bill Moyers program. One of the guests was Yves Smith, a brilliant economist with an incredibly keen financial mind. She writes for her own blog called Naked Capitalism. It […]

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Government

Sequestration Update – Who’s Feeling the Pain

Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear. It rescued the event — held since 1878 — with money from “corporate sponsors and the […]

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Business

“Fix the Debt” CEO Group a Sham

Pete Peterson’s “Fix the Debt” Astroturf Supergroup Detailed MADISON, WI — One of the most hypocritical corporate PR campaigns in decades is advancing inside the beltway, attempting to convince the White House, Congress, and the American people that another cataclysmic economic crisis is around the corner that will destroy our economy unless urgent action is […]

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Government

Congress is Dysfunctional

(photo courtesy of whitehouse.gov) The Best Reporting on What’s Wrong with Congress by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Back in 2011, we rounded up some of the best stories about the 112th Congress, the least productive in decades. Since then, things seem to have gotten even worse. The 113th Congress is just three weeks old, and 82 […]