How Is Our Government Health Care System Working?

Medicare costs US taxpayers about $600 billion a year. Obamacare costs billions more. Does the Department of Health and Human Services have sufficient controls and systems in place to run these programs? Is it time to demand better accountability and potentially deal with problems with these entitlements? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Should Unpaid Internships Be Paid?

Internships for college students have been viewed as an excellent opportunity to receive practical work experience, provide the potential for a full-time job after graduation, the possibility of a part-time job while completing their education and to make connections and contacts for future benefits. A recent controversy and 2 court cases have focused on whether […]

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America’s Greece

The default by the Greek government, the referendum to refuse the EU’s deal to restructure and the resulting financial chaos in Greece will have minor effects on the US economy. President Obama said that “Greece isn’t America’s problem.” But does the US have a similar problem that could effect the economy and send a signal […]

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Obamacare Is Working–Or Is It?

The Supreme Court decision last week supported Obamacare subsidies for people who have enrolled through the federal exchange. The controversial decision relying on the intentions of Congress rather than the straight forward wording that subsidies were available for exchanges established by the states, Obamacare seems to be working. However, what data are available that provide […]

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President Obama Working Overtime

The Administration is expected to announce new rules within the next month about who qualifies for overtime pay. It affects workers who work more than 40 hours a week. Under the current rules, workers who are paid by the hour or earn a salary of less than $23,660 are generally eligible for overtime pay, while […]

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For or Against Prevailing Wages?

Michigan is a prevailing wage state. As such, all building contractors who are building projects funded with state dollars pay its workers a prevailing wage, defined as union scale wages and benefits. There is a controversy now as the state Senate has passed a bill to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement. Opponents to the prevailing […]

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Is There Accountability in the Federal Government?

“Is There Accountability in the Federal Government?” Last year we heard about the issues in the VA health care system and the tragedy in Benghazi. Earlier this year it was the use of a private server by the Secretary of State, in violation of policy, and the hack of the IRS exposing the returns of […]

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How to Make a Billionaire

Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multi-billion dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he has built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies. Is his model of public private financing the future for the US to support long shot […]

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Amtrak: The Human and Political Tragedy

A couple weeks ago there was a terrible Amtrak derailment that left 8 people dead and hundreds injured. The train hit a curve at twice the 50mph speed limit and of course this tragedy has become political. There was an immediate call for more infrastructure spending and blame focused on the Republicans for cutting appropriations […]

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Is Free Trade Really Free?

President Obama has been promoting fast track authorization to conclude a pending trade agreement among 12 Pacific nations. In general, Republicans have favored free trade and Democrats have opposed it. The bill was to move forward as a so-called “clean bill” without amendments or other provisions. Now however, both the Republicans and Democrats have been […]

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