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

<b>Armed U.S. rangers rounded up cattle on federal land in Nevada in a rare showdown with Cliven Bundy, a rancher who has illegally grazed his herd on public lands for decades. (Reuters)</b><p>As our democracy continues to crumble, here’s why anti-government zealots are gaining more attention — and …

Austerity schemes and right-wing economic doom

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Brendan McDermid)</b><p>The truth about ruinous austerity plans and worry about the debt — it’s all about aiding the affluent bond holders<p>David Harvey<p>April 19, 2014 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism”<p>Capital is always about growth and it …

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

<b>Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Tomas Rebro via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>There’s a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn’t spurred public action against global warming<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>April 19, 2014 1:45pm (UTC)<p>In the run-up to Earth Day this year, two major reports …

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Doug Mills)</b><p>This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>Thom Hartmann<p>April 19, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a …