Author Archives: Eric Zuesse

Republicans demand the impossible in a healthcare bill

Republicans demand a healthcare bill (or medical system) that will simultaneously (and without sacrificing quality of healthcare) reduce their total expenses on medical care—including their insurance premiums and their out-of-pocket costs—and that will also be more free-market (with less government involvement and regulations) than in existing U.S. healthcare policy (both before and after Obamacare began); they want more free-market, and less cost, and also no sacrifice on quality. Continue reading

The Republican healthcare bill is very free-market, libertarian

The Republican House proposed healthcare legislation is a substantially more free-market approach to health care than exists in any industrialized nation. It would greatly reduce regulation of health care in America, and also considerably increase the choices that consumers would have in their health care. Another way of putting this is: it would considerably decrease the requirements that are placed upon health care insurers and providers. It would be as close to extreme free-market health care as can be achieved except for a system in which anyone can legally sell anything and call it “health insurance” or call it “medical care.” In other words, it would be more like anarchy in these fields. Continue reading

Trump’s plan for a sicker, more profitable, America

The AP headlined on March 9, “GOP health bill would cut CDC’s $1B disease fighting fund” and reported that this “pillar of funding for the nation’s lead public health agency,” which provides “public health programs designed to prevent illness and, therefore, reduce health care costs,” is targeted for “elimination,” by the Republican Paul Ryan-introduced healthcare bill—i.e., by the proposed legislation that President Donald Trump now says he is “proud to support.” Continue reading

Trump’s presidency failed in record time

Trumpcare—his promised replacement for Obamacare—is so blatantly atrocious that an excellent NBC News article on it is headlined, and documents that “Experts: The GOP Health Care Plan Just Won’t Work”. This was even before the Congressional Budget Office has had a chance to price out its costs to taxpayers (which can only sink it even deeper). Continue reading

Aristocracy deceives public about the deep state

The “deep state” is the aristocracy and its agents. Continue reading

Issues at stake in Syria’s peace talks

Syria’s peace-talks are about settling a horrific six-year-long war, but this is more of an international war that’s being waged on the battlefields of Syria, than it is a civil war within Syria itself. This fact is often ignored by the press, but the peace-talks are really more between the foreign powers than between their proxies who are killing each other (and Syria’s civilians) within Syria. These peace-talks are international because the principals in this war are international. And, because the principals are international, the principles that are being fought over are, too—they are so basic that the end-result from these talks will be not only some sort of new peace, but some sort of new Constitution for Syria: really a new nation of Syria. Continue reading

Trump boosts most wasteful department, reduces all others

On February 27, Reuters headlined “Trump seeks ‘historic’ increase of 9 percent in U.S. military’s budget” and reported that “Trump will ask Congress to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending.” Continue reading

Donald Trump’s deepest fraud

U.S. President Donald Trump came into office promising to “drain the swamp” of corruption, and to restore the American people’s control over their government, but what he has been doing since he started his presidency on January 20 is exactly the opposite: handing control of the U.S. government over to international corporations, and, really, over to the billionaires who control their corporations and who use them to rob the public everywhere (in ways some of which will here be described). Continue reading

Instead of ‘draining the swamp’, Trump is feeding the alligators

ZeroHedge’s “Tyler Durden” headlined on February 21, “Bannon Breaks With Pence, Delivers Warning To Europe” and noted that before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured European leaders this past weekend that the U.S. is as anti-Russian now as it was under Barack Obama, U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, had told European leaders “that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis”—and that this fact supposedly raises a question regarding the Trump administration, of “which axis is dominant: that of Trump/Bannon/Miller or Pence/Mattis/Haley.” However, there is actually no such conflict: the Trump Administration, ever since at least February 14’s White House press conference stating it firmly as President Trump’s policy, is and will remain anti-Russian. Continue reading

This is no ‘new cold war’; it’s far worse than that

Here is the reason why we are currently even closer to a civilization-ending nuclear war than was the case during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 . . . Continue reading

US public don’t care if politicians lie

To say that a voter cares whether or not a given politician is a liar, is to say that even if the politician is of that voter’s own political party, the voter will reject the politician for being a liar. Continue reading

Three big lies that pervade America’s ‘news’ media

The Big Lies that pervade the U.S. ‘news’ media are the ones that are essential to sustain in order for the deceived American public to accept the fraudulent basis upon which the U.S. regime of Barack Obama has ‘justified’ his economic sanctions against Russia, and his pouring of U.S. troops and weapons onto and near Russia’s borders. Continue reading

American samizdat—publication forbidden in the US (II)

Regarding the suppressed history in this present matter, here is the core of it from Schanberg’s 8,130-word article: Continue reading

American samizdat—publication forbidden in the US (I)

Here’s an example: Ron Unz has called this article that he published in his magazine, The American Conservative, in 2010, and which The Nation magazine had briefly published in 2008 in an abbreviated version and quickly removed from its website, and which The Nation also blocked from being stored on any web archive site—he called it ”the biggest story of his [i.e., of Pulitzer-winner Sydney Schanberg’s] career, which has seemingly vanished down the memory hole without trace.” Unz asked, ”Could a news story ever be ‘too big’ for the media to cover?” The “alternative news” site CounterPunch reported on this story in print at the same time as The American Conservative, but also removed it from their site if it ever really was on their site (which site has far more readers than their print magazine ever did). CounterPunch had even earlier quoted excerpts from it but then removed that article also from their site. Continue reading

Independence movement in southeastern Ukraine accuses Obama’s agents of slaughter

In the United States, there appears to be a virtual news blackout of what is happening in Ukraine and of why, and the following news-report breaks through it, so that the American public will know the situation that actually exists there. Continue reading