Columns by Carol

For the Rest of Us

We passed the health care law, saved the American auto industry and all of its jobs, and prevented a Depression. All of these were great accomplishments. But now we need to grow the economy, reduce the debt, protect Medicare from being changed to a voucher program, and help young people get an education and their piece of the American dream. I know we can do it—it is in the American DNA to tackle problems and succeed. I want to work on these issues for the rest of us. I would be honored to receive your vote on November 6th. Read More...


Yes, the Issue is Fairness

Mitt Romney’s statement about the “47%” has gotten Americans debating “fairness.” Many families are struggling to pay the rent or mortgage, and many are unable to send their kids to college or save for retirement. When they read about how income has soared for the top 1% and stayed flat or dropped for them, they wonder who decides fairness. Read More...


The Truth about the Independent Payment Advisory Board

So, exactly what is the IPAB, as it is commonly called, and what do they do? The Republicans falsely accuse them of being "bureaucrats." The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities describes it very well. "The board must include physicians and other health professionals, experts in health finance, health services researchers, employers, and representatives of consumers and the elderly. To prevent control by special interests, health care providers may not constitute a majority of the board's membership.” Read More...


The Truth about Medicare

Republicans and Democrats have been all over television and radio, and giving speeches all over the country, talking about the Ryan plan for Medicare. The Ryan plan turns Medicare into a voucher plan. Democrats say a voucher plan is an awful idea, leaving senior citizens financially vulnerable when they are most likely to need medical care. Read More...


The issue is indeed about fairness

This election is about fairness for “the rest of us.” It’s about refusing to allow the right wing in Washington and Concord to dismantle programs that we all paid into and earned – Medicare and Social Security. Read More...


It’ll Take More Than a “Jobs Card”

While there is good news about jobs again—227,000 new jobs were added in February, and there have been 23 consecutive months of private jobs growth—we still have a high unemployment rate and Congress has not passed either President Obama’s comprehensive jobs bill or one of their own. We lost 8 million jobs during the Great Recession, and while the 23 months of private jobs growth proves that the Stimulus and other measures, such as the “Auto Bailout,” worked and that we are in recovery, Americans need a comprehe... Read More...


Where Are The Jobs?

Where are the jobs? This is the burning question of our time because we have so many people unemployed. The economy has a mix of good signs--such as continuous private sector job growth for 15 straight months and manufacturing up for 22 months now. This is great news, but we still have a high unemployment rate. So the questions remain. Where did the jobs go, and when will they come back? We have to look in the rearview mirror to clearly see where we are now. The first devastating blow was when US corporations sent jobs overseas. The US Cham... Read More...


We Can Save the Middle Class

When I ran for Congress in 2006, I told people I was running “for the rest of us, the bottom 99 percent.” I said the middle class was stumbling and the poor had fallen, and we needed to address wealth inequality and our unfair tax structure if we were going to have a robust middle class. Some thought this was “class warfare,” although I always said I wanted businesses, corporations and individuals to do well, and I hoped to have more money myself. I just wanted everyone to pay their fair share – not a penny more... Read More...


The Continuing Misadventures of the 112th Congress

The US House of Representatives has almost finished the second half of the 112th Congress—they will only work about six days in September, which matches their six days or so in May and the same in June. Last year, at the end of the first half of the 112th Congress, I wrote an op-ed that I called, "Misadventures of the 112th Congress." I talked about how Chad Pergram, who covers Congress for Fox News, wrote in his 12/13/11 column, "This year's Congress is the Indiana Jones of Congresses. It exists in a perpetual state of distress. It ... Read More...


The Misadventures of the 112th Congress

As I write this column, the country waits to find out if the ringmaster of the House of Representatives, Speaker Boehner, is going to be able to control his members and get them to vote for the payroll tax cut extension with its compromises, or will his group walk away from 160 million Americans who need a tax cut and just go on vacation? Usually this year, they have chosen vacation—lots of it—but I hope that after stopping the payroll tax cuts from being paid for by a tiny surtax on millionaires and billionaires, the House Repub... Read More...

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