Medicaid Expansion Starts Today!

Starting today:

As of January 1, 2014, Americans under age 65 who have incomes less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,500 for an individual and $29,700 for a family of four in 2011) who are not pregnant and not otherwise eligible for Medicaid, will be eligible to enroll in Medicaid. This new coverage ends the long-time exclusion of low-income adults from Medicaid coverage.

That’s 17 million Americans who will have access to affordable health care for the first time.

Of all forms of taxation, [the inheritance tax] seems the wisest… By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire’s unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie, millionaire and philanthropist, in “Wealth,” North American Review, June 1889.

Join USPS to Help Stamp Out Hunger

Sadly, your taxes do not fund the U.S. Postal Service any more. The USPS runs off of its own revenues from stamps, and has survived for decades on that basis despite huge hurdles.

And this plucky little agency doesn’t just deliver the mail. When they aren’t saving lives, letter carriers give back to their communities.

This Saturday, you can participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign. Just leave a bag of non-perishable food in a bag by your mailbox, and the USPS will get that food to a local food bank or pantry. It’s incredibly easy for you, incredibly helpful to struggling families, and incredibly generous of the Post Office (especially given how ungenerous some politicians have been to America’s letter carriers).

Tax Dollars Hire Veterans

When our men and women in uniform come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, many struggle to find a job. Here’s one vet’s story of how the federal government helped her and her family get back on their feet:

After serving 7 years in the US Army, I left with the hopes of finding a decent job and starting a fresh new life with my husband, also a vet, and 4 children in our home state of Florida.

It wasn’t long before we discovered how difficult the transition back to civilian life would be. I applied for, perhaps, hundreds of jobs and went on several interviews in a very short period of time. Still, I was either overqualified or under qualified for some of the same jobs in which I held during my time in service. Even with both of us working and earning $8/hour, it simply was not enough. Once money and resources ran out, we lost nearly all of our possessions and were even homeless a few times over about 3 years.

Just before giving up hope, a friend of mine called and informed me of a career fair for vets in Washington DC.

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