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The math

For once, not poverty porn or the woes of the "creative class":

Stay Well, or Lose It All

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Des Moines County looks at single payer, will Grassley listen?

County looks at voluntary furlough

As an incentive for employees to choose early retirement, Cahill said the county is debating offering an extension of the single payer health care premium until the retiree qualifies for federal health benefits.

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Rocky Mountain News folds


Not sure what to do to preserve newspapers. Read below the fold...

RL calls

So very light posting from me, today. Read below the fold...

Friday Morning Lo-Fi Blogging

Life is a quarry you can dig all you want to. Bonus track! Read below the fold...

I've looked at class from both sides now

From win and lose:

When Emily Cook, a screenwriter, bought a house four years ago in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood on the Northeast side of Los Angeles, she fantasized what the area might look like in a year or two, with cafes and boutiques replacing tattered old businesses. “It was like fantasy football,” said Ms. Cook, 38, who also sings in a band named Fonda.

... and still somehow ...

A sad flower shop on the corner, she thought, could become a miniature Whole Foods. An upholstery store could be a gastropub where she and friends would grab a beer, and a neglected 1940s diner could become a retro spot for a quick meal.

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Wisdom from the subway

Seen while exiting the subway yesterday:

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We'll know we're making progress...

... when Obama's budget brings "cries of class warfare" from Democrats.

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Get Out Your Asbestos Umbrellas


Welcome to 2017

You know how the sky is supposed to open up and rain fire on us in 2017, when Social Security payroll tax receipts are less than what it costs to provide Social Security? Well get out your asbestos umbrellas folks, because according to the Obama budget (page 123), its happening this year.

According to the "outlays" section, Social Security will cost 662 billion in FY 2009 (which started October 1, 2008...we're five months into it.) And under "receipts", we see that "Social Security Payroll Taxes" come to only 654 billion. Read below the fold...

Shoving the Overton window left


Not sure about Lord Kos doing the polling -- can Kos be trusted not to purge the results? -- but Hamsher and Greenwald have fought the good fight (modulo some peccadillos in the primariez, which we've all moved on from anyhow).

One question:

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Bank Failure Upswing Expected


Last year the FDIC seized 25 banks. In the first month and a half of this year, the agency has already shuttered 14 more institutions. The end is not in sight, according to Reuters -- but the story's come out through their UK outlet.

Bank analysts and industry insiders say a continued deterioration in credit conditions will be the driving force behind a big upswing in the number of failures, but policy decisions will also push the numbers up.

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/26/09

Zombie Bank Monster Mash, by Mark Fiore (click here to play the animation)

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