Mike Simpson

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Beyond 8 million: Obamacare math

Eight million may be the Obamacare magic number, but it’s not the only one that counts.<p>It’s not that 8 million isn’t a significant number. It is. The surge of people who signed up in the new health insurance exchanges surpassed both White House targets and expectations. It seemed unimaginable six …

Cliven Bundy’s ailing America: What a wingnut rancher’s rise says about our waning democracy

As our democracy continues to crumble, here’s why anti-government zealots are gaining more attention — and favor<p>He may be a good rancher, but after having spent the better part of the past week enduring his presence in the media and becoming familiar with his philosophy of government, I feel quite …

Austerity schemes and right-wing economic doom

The truth about ruinous austerity plans and worry about the debt — it’s all about aiding the affluent bond holders<p>Capital is always about growth and it necessarily grows at a compound rate. This condition of capital’s reproduction now constitutes, I shall argue, an extremely dangerous but largely …

Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

There’s a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn’t spurred public action against global warming<p>In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports were released by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest such body in the world. On March 31, Working Group II released its …

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction …