Monthly Archives: December 2011

WHY THE RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING? (Part 2)

Here’s issue #12 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/18/11. This newsletter continues looking at the issue of voting, exploring who is affected by the changes in voting laws and why they are happening. The new hurdles to voting and registering to vote that have recently been put in place in various states (see […]

WHY THE RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING? (Part 1)

Here’s issue #11 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/16/11. This newsletter addresses the issue of voting – an issue that has been simmering in the background but is coming to the forefront. The ability and right to vote is a foundational principle of our democracy. From the end of the Civil War, through […]

MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Here’s issue #10 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/9/11. The previous newsletter discussed Social Security and the fact that 1) it has no impact on the deficit, 2) the shortfall is relatively small, and 3) there are a number of straightforward ways to address the shortfall. This newsletter will begin to address Medicare and […]

SOCIAL SECURITY: FACTS AND FIXES

Here’s issue #9 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/4/11. A topic that is receiving quite a bit of attention in the deficit reduction discussions is Social Security, although it has no impact on the deficit. Sorry this is a bit long, but the complexity is tough to abbreviate further. Social Security does have […]

THE FLAT TAX AND FAIRNESS

Here’s issue #8 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/1/11 . Having reviewed historical income tax rates in the last newsletter, this one will take a look at the flat tax, which is being proposed by a number of the Republican presidential candidates. The flat tax – a simplified federal income tax with one tax […]