Here's a great article from Yves. None of the authors -- and I know this will surprise you -- are from the "best" schools, and none are from anywhere near Chicago. The Financial Crisis and the Systemic Failure of Academic Economics [PDF]:
Friday's Washington Post explained it beautifully, pointing out that by directly giving the student loans to students and cutting out the greedy middlemen ... Obama saves the taxpayers $47.5 billion over the next ten years and, at the same time, helps far more students-- two factors that aren't exactly McKeon goals. Since the government assumes all the default risk, there is no reason at all to involve the finance companies.Read below the fold...
Hilariously, Mini-Rahm's against single payer because of [wait for it] American exceptionalism:
The biggest problem with single-payer is its failure to cohere with core American values.
Uh huh. Like the insurance companies' business model of denying care for profit is a core American value?
And hilariously, Mini-Rahm thinks that the issue is health insurance:
In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health insurance*.
But that's not true. Mini-Rahm's sentence should read:
In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health
Mini-Rahm prates about core American values, but if these quotes are any indication, he has no concept of "moral responsibility" at all. He just gets the basic issues wrong; in other words, he's a classic Villager. See (via Allegre) this one story:
Last week, in the public clinic where I work, I treated a 6-year-old girl who had visited the emergency room for cellulitis, an infection of the skin, over her hand. Usually a relatively minor condition that is easily treated with a 10-day course of antibiotics, cellulitis can sometimes cause severe consequences, including life-threatening sepsis, if not treated promptly.
The reason this patient was notable was because she was uninsured and had been sent home with a prescription that her mother tried to fill but
was unable to afford. How much did the antibiotic suspension cost? $500.
The moral problem is the child's cellulitis, not which business or government entity processes the payment, if any. It's denial of care that is the harm done, here. Mini-Rahm, like a classic bad salesperson, is trying to sell a drill, when the buyer wants a hole. Please, please, can Conyers call him as a witness? Read below the fold...
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:42pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a U.S. official said on Saturday.
Sebelius has accepted Obama's offer and the president will formally announce the nomination on Monday afternoon at the White House, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Well.... Reactions? Read below the fold...
Mandate plans such as Obama/Baucus are in effect a bail-out of the private insurance companies that add no value to the health care system. Reducing the federal tax benefit such as Wyden and Republicans support, just shifts the cost from the Federal government to state government, employers and individual.Read below the fold...
When advanced computer technology is operated with light switches, and the KGB is the world's best friend
Behold another Mandos movie review to brighten your day.
Last night I saw "Echelon Conspiracy". Verdict: OMG! Worst. Script. Writing. Since. Attack. Of. The. Clones. My eyes! My eyes! I tried hard but I cannot find a way in which it does not suck.
Fortunately, it is the kind of bad that makes it an ideal candidate for geek movie nights. As you can tell from the title, it's a techie surveillance-paranoia movie, and in fact it is a knockoff of "Eagle Eye". "Eagle Eye" was no "Slumdog Millionaire", not least because it stars that annoying Sunni LePoulet guy, but it had a plot twist that was worth the price of admission. "Echelon" tries, but it is completely deus ex machina and weak. Read below the fold...
The sheriff's lawyer did not want the following video released because "it doesn't tell the whole story." Read the whole article and it'll paint a clear picture of this monster.
NOTE: If the video is unavailable just click the Seattle P-I link and it should work.
That [the worthy successors of] Ana
l Marie Cox don't know what teabagging means?
Because whatever those guys are doing, it's not teabagging -- which is a particularly intimate way of sucking up to those in power. These guys are just a bunch of sad fucks holding a stupid demo; there's nobody they're sucking up to at all.
Not, of course, that Wonkette would ever obfuscate the nature of power relationships in the Village.... Read below the fold...
BAGnews is at it again:
The one above would be a completely different photo if Obama's eyes were closed. In almost a psychological study, the fact they aren't appears to illustrate Obama's capacity to bodily absorb the pressure and still locate and collect himself.
Somehow, I don't think Obama's the one who needs to collect himself. Read below the fold...