Tuesday, December 27, 2016
In the 1870s, the nation was slammed by one of those periodic depressions that punctuate our economic history. Although largely forgotten today, it was known as the Long Depression for its lingering effects. It lasted for 65 consecutive months — longer than the 43-month Great Depression of the 1930s.
Around 18,000 businesses failed between 1873 and 1875. Unemployment rose above 8 percent. Millions of Americans were jobless, hungry and homeless. In those days, there was no such thing as unemployment insurance, food assistance programs like SNAP or supports for the elderly like Social Security.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Generally, Macy’s Parade is the talk of the town in New York City over Thanksgiving, with their massive inflated cartoon characters and beautiful floats. This year saw Miss Piggy even rescuing nonagenarian crooner Tony Bennett, who nearly fell off his float.
But another parade has been going on in New York City this year at Trump Tower, where those who would like consideration for a cabinet position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration have entered, one at a time, for several weeks now.
The Republican majority in Congress and the Trump Administration are both itching to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). maybe as soon as January 2017.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect and many things need to be improved, but to repeal without a replacement will be a catastrophe. It will hurt just about everybody – people, health care providers and the insurers.
|Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016|
Incoming President Donald Trump has chosen some pretty abominable appointees: racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, racist Stephen Bannon as White House strategist, loose cannon Mike Flynn as security chief, public school opponent Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Affordable Care Act enemy Tom Price as secretary of health and human services.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The mighty Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County symbolizes the best of West Virginia.
Radio astronomers from around the world search the universe through its giant dishes, working both on-site and from faraway locations. Brilliant students of the National Youth Science Camp get summer training there. Thousands of visitors and schoolchildren tour it.