Health care, Medicare and prescription drug policy accounted for more than a quarter of the television advertisements aired on behalf of President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE’s reelection bid against Romney. Just over 5 percent of pro-Romney ads featured health care, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. … [Read more...] about On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare
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Maslow didn’t invent the idea of self-actualized work, and nor did the 20th-century management consultants who implemented these ideas. We can go back to the German sociologist Max Weber to find similar invocations of work as a spiritual, more than economic, vocation—an ethic of work that Weber in 1905 argued was central to Western capitalism. Indeed, the work ethic is an ideology at once remarkably tenacious and eminently flexible: While its constitutive claim—devotion to work as the center of life—remains consistent, the rewards promised by the ethic vary in historically specific ways, from the promise of social mobility to the promise of self-actualization. … [Read more...] about Is the search for meaningful work a trap?
Extraordinary Stress In the past four years, I saw people in my clinical practice experiencing a level of anxiety specific to the political climate that we really hadn’t seen before. It’s why I started writing about “Trump anxiety disorder.” The American Psychological Association does a “Stress in America” survey, and the 2019 one had 62 percent of American adults citing the current political climate as a source of stress, which has gone up since Trump took office. It’s not unlike a child living in a home that’s chaotic; we don’t have faith in the leaders we have historically put trust in, and that’s creating a lot of trauma. If Trump does get reelected, we’ll see a spike in this feeling of fear like we haven’t seen before. People will have to come to terms with the prospect of another four years of trying to keep up the fight. We can feel anxious for only so long, because anxiety is exhausting, and eventually … [Read more...] about 11 Months From Today
At $10 a barrel, oil companies were in profit; at around $130, they are rolling in unearned cash. We advocate a version of the Norwegian approach, establishing an Oil Legacy Fund, paid for by a windfall tax on the profits of energy companies. The monies raised would help deal with the effects of climate change and smooth the transition to a low-carbon economy. Norway built up its oil surpluses to weave a safety net that at the last count was worth around £198bn. … [Read more...] about A Green New Deal for our times
The takeaways for older workers are clear: If working is part of your retirement plan, be keenly aware of your job prospects. If you're in a middle-skill job, look for training and experience that might help you upgrade your skills and hang on to your job. Alternatively, develop sufficient financial resources so you can take a lower-paying, low-skill job. Or be prepared to significantly reduce your living expenses. … [Read more...] about A warning for retired baby boomers looking for work