Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America's Future notes in the Huffington Post that most people in this country
•oppose cutting benefits for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients;
•reject the idea of raising the age of eligibility for these popular programs;
•hate the proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher or privatize Social Security;
•support taxing the rich and corporations to close the deficit and fund needed investment;
•favor cutting military spending for both obsolete weapons systems and current wars;
•and, while acknowledging the need to reduce deficits, place a higher priority on creating jobs and getting the sputtering economy growing.
DESTROYING MEDICARE IN ORDER TO SAVE IT here.
I'M GAME. Robert Reich calls for federal budget ju jitsu.
JAY VERSUS JOE. Here's a good Gazette editorial on the budget debate and how West Virginia's two senators find themselves on opposite sides. Please step away from the Dark Side, Senator Manchin.
A NEW CHARGE has been filed against a Massey Energy security officer. Meanwhile, tomorrow the independent investigation of the Upper Big Branch disaster ordered by then governor Manchin will be released tomorrow.
THE STATE OF THE STATES. Not good (although WV is doing fairly well for a change).
MY NECK OF THE WOODS didn't come out too good in a survey of well-being.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED