Writing for tomorrow, day 70, I’ll leave shortly for volunteer work in prison. With this place shut up all day, it will be a furnace, when I return, so I hope I am able to get these articles up.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:38 (average 6:01). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: Median household income has begun to recover over the last two years, but households still have not come close to regaining the purchasing power they had before the financial crisis began, a new study says.
The study, issued on Wednesday by two former Census Bureau officials, suggests why many people remain glum even though the economy is growing and unemployment has declined.
Although median annual household income rose to $52,100 in June, from its recent inflation-adjusted trough of $50,700 in August 2011, it remained $2,400 lower — a 4.4 percent decline — than in June 2009, when the recession ended. This drop, combined with the 1.8 percent decline that occurred during the recession, leaves median household income 6.1 percent — or $3,400 — below its level in December 2007, when the economic slump began…
Obama and the Democrats are clearly making progress, but nowhere near the progress we could have made, were seditious Republicans not sabotaging the economy to project blame onto us.
From TPM: A variety of Republican governors have sought federal funds under Obamacare, many of them to expand Medicaid eligibility for more residents, a centerpiece of the law that the Supreme Court made optional for states last year.
But shhh! Don’t call it Obamacare, they say, for they despise that law…
Click through for the rest of an excellent article. When Republicans claim that money they’re TAKING isn’t ObamaCare, check for results. If patients are alive and improving, it’s ObamaCare. If they are languishing or dead, it’s RepubliCare.
From Think Progress: In a meeting of the state’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday, Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble (R) delivered a long monologue suggesting that the reason for poverty among certain minority groups was that they eat too much chicken…
Buk-Buk-Buk-Buk-Bullshit! Racist bastards!