So sayeth the bond market:
Americans may have to get used to unemployment greater than 8 percent for the first time since 1983 and an economy that won’t grow much beyond 2 percent as a consequence of the lost confidence in consumer credit that shattered financial markets. Read more about Another few million under the bus
When the time came for questions, McArthur stood up and asked a simple question. Looking across a standing-room-only crowd of about 275, he asked how many were happy with their employer-based health insurance.
Less than 10 people raised their hands.
“The number is bogus,” McArthur said. “It's not working for 95 percent of us.”
McArthur drew resounding applause.
It's looking like Napolean Nicolas Sarkozy Bonaparte wants to get his nation back in on the empire game:
PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy opened France’s first military facilities in the Gulf on Tuesday, deepening the government’s alliance with the United Arab Emirates and highlighting its shifting foreign policy priorities.
Mr. Sarkozy attended a ceremony to open French naval, air and army facilities in Abu Dhabi. The bases are the first permanent French military installations to be built outside of French territory since the process of decolonization began more than half a century ago.
And all so Versailles insiders could get their jollies watching torture tapes, I bet. Just listen: Read more about Interrogater: Cheney's torture policies cost "hundreds if not thousands of American lives"
msnbc.com -- "BREAKING NEWS: Calif. high court upholds gay marriage ban but allows existing marriages to stand"
WASHINGTON – Experts say the federal HITECH Act should be "wedded to a strong commitment to provider payment reform" to push transformation in the nation's healthcare system.
Picket Senator Max Baucus
6pm Tues. May 26 in SF
He has been banning discussion of Single Payer in DC
2436 Jackson St – San Francisco
between Steiner and Fillmore in Pacific Heights
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Via LOLfed, this interview with Obama, which I expect to see blazoned across the pages of the A list as they work through the, er, dimensions of it. Not.* Read more about After throwing the banksters their trillions, Obama throws the states and health care under the bus
[Greenwald praises the Sotomayor pick as "superb." And it's nice to put it to the Villagers who ran the smear campaign against her. It would be even nicer if her views on executive power were not "unknown," as Greenwald says they are (and how, then, "superb"?) -- lambert]
[White House confirms to Salon: It's Sotomayer --lambert] Read more about What to watch for in Obama's Supreme Court pick: Views on executive power
About ten minutes into the event Rick Staggenborg MD, of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), asked Senator Wyden if he would sit down with single payer advocates.
Wyden remains steadfastly opposed to single payer, but said he would sit down with the single payer advocates.
But Senator Wyden did nothing to ensure that single payer advocates were represented in recent Senate Finance Committee hearings.
I need to post much more extensively on this, but what Ritholtz's post makes clear to me -- and should make clear to anyone who is paying attention -- is the vapidity and triviality of all coverage of politics that is not, at the same time, coverage of political economy. Read more about Buy this book
So I don't have to. I skipped to the end:
He must create a national health care system that fundamentally changes the contours of debate in this country by moving it far to the left.
Yes, and taking single payer off the table is certainly the way to do that!