If Democrats provide cheaper and more accessible health care to Americans, Republicans have promised to publicly turn themselves into the biggest partisan assholes of the last forty years.
Seriously. That is the actual political calculation Senate Democrats face on health care reform right now. It is the most obvious win-win political calculation Democrats have been presented with during my entire lifetime.
The Republicans plan the destabilize the country through a process of legislative sabotage. It would be easy for Harry Reid to expose this, but that depends upon whether he wants to. Read more about Will Harry Reid snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
They're holding Sibelius up, and confirming her is going to require 60 votes (translation: Filibuster, except it's not a filibuster when Republicans do it, and we have a free press, and up is down). Anyhow, what Reid should do is let 'em filibuster. But the old-fashioned way Read more about Remind me again why we're kowtowing to the forced pregnancy loons?
For a snapshot of what’s wrong with our banking policy, look at the front page of the business section of today’s New York Times. On the left side: “U.S. in Standoff with Banks over Chrysler.” On the right side: “Banks Show Clout on Legislation to Help Consumers.”
Here. The interesting part of the post, though, is the idea of "The Proposition Bet":
The main theme of all these hustles is something called a Propostion Bet. Basically, a proposition bet is a challenge which looks like it only has one outcome...and it does...it always favors the person placing the wager. That's because you know something the other folks don't. You know the 'challenge' is always going to go your way.
What Pravda says, anyhow:
Officials envisioned TALF supporting tens of billions of dollars a month in new lending, saying it could eventually total $1 trillion. But in March, when it was launched, it backed only $4.7 billion in auto loans and credit cards. For April, it logged only $1.7 billion.
One really good way for Democrats to show people they're not the same as Republicans would be to prosecute Republican criminals.
And those of their own who are also criminals, of course. Read more about Deep thought
Well, that's the theory our elite runs the country on, so why wouldn't they they think "learned helplessness" would work on captives? Hence, torture. Read the whole Times article for the detail, which is startlingly congruent with M. Scott Peck's idea that evil is a form of laziness. Read more about "Learned helplessness"
[caption] Jerry Levy, [46, who lost his job at a hedge fund last summer], attending a PTA meeting where his experience in the financial industry is a plus with members.
Mr. Levy joined the PTA and immediately noticed that he tends to tackle matters with a bluntness honed in the financial industry, while the women, whether stay-at-home mothers or professionals, he said, communicate more diplomatically.
“When you get one administration prosecuting its predecessor, you start creating the conditions of a banana republic,” said Philip Heymann, a law professor at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who served as deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton. “Every Republican in the country would think this was a dangerous attack on the two-party system.”
The Chicago Tribune TELEVISION section features a brief profile of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. It begins:
Maddow slips in ratings but not in her resolve
By Yvonne Villarreal | Tribune Newspapers
April 22, 2009
The first 100 days of a new presidential administration are known as the honeymoon because it marks a time of friendly relations between the new chief executive and the media. But for MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," the early days of the Obama administration have meant an unwelcome drop in ratings.
Statement of Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
April 22, 2009
My name is Uwe E. Reinhardt. I am Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. My research work during the past several decades has been focused primarily on health-care economics and policy.
There is nothing, *nothing* that is "funny" nor "entertaining" nor easily dismissed, about the act of torture. Ever.
This is not hard for civilized people to understand. And religious people, too. Their sacred texts agree. And decent atheists, and humanists, and people who love children, or care for the weak and helpless. Or have been such. Read more about A Simple Thought