About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The truth about Medicare cuts

Just in case you need some quick truth on the nature of Obama's cuts to Medicare, which you are hearing so much about, Krugman has it. 

Note, of course, that the Ryan Plan includes the exact same cuts, even as he demagogues them out of the other side of his mouth. 

The difference is how the savings are used: Obama us
es them for subsidies to enable low/moderate income Americans afford health care coverage, which is part of why the Congressional Budget Office found that ObamaCare doesn't increase the deficit. Ryan uses them to 'pay' for tax cuts for the wealthy, which of course would blow up the deficit...unless you eviscerate most of the federal government's essential functions.

Which he proposes to do.

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