Category Archives: Government Programs

U.S. Debt Crisis: WHY, Exactly, Can’t We Raise Taxes?

Everyone needs to make sacrifices during this tough time. That’s politicians of all stripes are saying. What they’re not adding is that when they say “everyone,” they really mean “everyone else.” We’re in the midst of a debt crisis, and we have politicians (who at least have had the decency to freeze their pay the… Continue Reading

I Like Adam Smith Better than I Thought

Economic theorist (and man widely worshiped by many capitalists) Adam Smith apparently thought it reasonable for the rich to contribute more than their “fair share” — whatever that means — to society. You’ll find the quote below in An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations, Volume 3. He doesn’t suggest… Continue Reading

Adventures in Fiscal Irresponsibility

Late last night, the House passed a tax deal that would extend Bush era tax cuts. (OK, really, it was more like a deferral, but, whatever.) This represents a complete capitulation of Barack Obama and the Democrats to the Republicans. Scared to death of what the polls have been showing after what I think might… Continue Reading

Here’s One Reason Health Care is So Expensive

The Boy has been sick. He had a cold, and, predictably, that has evolved into a double ear infection. Of course, any trip to the doctor is yet another reminder of why I intensely dislike our most-expensive, 37th-best-in-the-world, health care system. I saw a pharma sales rep in the doctor’s office (there was one the… Continue Reading

Health Care in the Olden Days

Saw this on Slate.com this morning: “You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I’ll paint your house. I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors… Continue Reading

National Priorities

I find our national priorities interesting — and disturbing. Estimates say we will spend nearly $1 trillion over the course of 10 years (although if you believe the CBO, it will pay for itself by that time, and the net cost will be $0) on providing more people with access to affordable health care. This… Continue Reading

Shameless Self-Promotion: Health Care Reform Edition

Unless you’ve been living a very secluded life, you are probably aware that last week marked the passage of a health care reform bill. I’m not jumping up and down with joy about it, but I guess it’s a step forward, since, despite the hyperbole-filled claims of some, we will never see truly universal health… Continue Reading

Obamacare? Not Exactly. But It’s Better Than Nothing, I Guess

We finally have a healthcare reform bill. It’s passed the House, and now there needs to be reconciliation with the Senate. No, I’m not thrilled about it. And no, it’s not really “Obamacare”. I actually liked liked Obamacare. Real Obamacare included more affordable healthcare options for Americans by including a public option. But, as we’ve… Continue Reading

House Passes Health Care Reform Bill

The House passed its version of health care reform. After adding a whole bunch of amendments that do little in terms of addressing the affordability of health care, but let Representatives stand up and tell everyone how fabulously moral they are, or some other such drivel. In the end, it ended up a lot like… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

Thanks to Momocrats for bringing this to my attention. It’s a pretty handy video that explains the Obama health care plan succinctly. Do you have four minutes? Watch this video. It’s obvious that we’re not talking about government takeover or death panels. We’re talking about affordable health care. And that includes a public option that… Continue Reading

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