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Income disparity, tax inequity, budget deficits

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What do the super-wealthy do with their sometimes ill-gotten, often unearned, and nearly always under-taxed gains? They do whatever they like. The smart ones set some of their big money aside to influence a gullible segment of the populace and their government representatives to preserve and increase the super-wealthy patrons’ tax breaks and thus maximize their wealth. The gullible anti-tax segment thinks it’s calling for freedom from government, when in fact it’s voting for a plutocracy, that is, to be ruled by a wealthy few.

Income disparity, tax inequity and budget deficits

Part 1 of 2

Although irresponsible credit lending and borrowing, as well as fraudulent financial practices such as ill-conceived mortgage-backed derivatives, are generally cited as principal contributors to the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, the fundamental problem runs much deeper.

Health care for US pharmaceutical companies

Tuesday, Oct. 1, was the starting gun for enrollment in prescription coverage under the Affordable Care Act. U.S. consumers will have six months to choose from a myriad of qualified insurance plans available in the marketplace. Tens of millions of new customers will join these insurance plans. No wonder the pharmaceutical and insurance industries are so pleased with Obamacare.

Health care for US pharmaceutical companies

Tuesday, Oct. 1, was the starting gun for enrollment in prescription coverage under the Affordable Care Act. U.S. consumers will have six months to choose from a myriad of qualified insurance plans available in the marketplace. Tens of millions of new customers will join these insurance plans. No wonder the pharmaceutical and insurance industries are so pleased with Obamacare.

Peace through diplomacy in Syria is possible

When our congresswoman, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5), visited Sharon Saturday, Sept. 7, she addressed a luncheon on the chemical weapons crisis in Syria. It was clear that Esty had not made up her mind on how to vote on the question of military intervention, but she would think it through with great care, and she sought the advice and opinion of her constituents.

Global governance begins at home

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Better governance begins at home

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In the course of some 30 years of experience with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations system, I have often wondered what reforms should be adopted to achieve still better global governance and democratic cooperation among peoples and nations for the benefit of all.

Better global governance begins at home

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In the course of some 30 years of experience with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations system, I have often wondered what reforms should be adopted to achieve still better global governance and democratic cooperation among peoples and nations for the benefit of all.

Saving democracy amid leaks, drones

In some national jurisdictions, Switzerland for example, the law makes a distinction between (1) a leaker who leaks legitimate banking and business information, and (2) a leaker who blows the whistle on fraud and other criminal activity. The first category serves time; the second category enjoys well-earned praise.

Saving democracy in the face of leaks, drones, eavesdropping

In some national jurisdictions, Switzerland for example, the law makes a distinction between (1) a leaker who leaks legitimate banking and business information, and (2) a leaker who blows the whistle on fraud and other criminal activity. The first category serves time; the second category enjoys well-earned praise.