Tags: America Fuck Yeah!, American exceptionalism, Brazos Valley, healthcare, Lewis Wickes Hine, Texas
What’s truly exceptional about America, it turns out, is the indifference we show to our compatriots, the absence of the kind of national solidarity more evident in the nations that surpass us on all these lists.
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post
Tags: healthcare, Medicare, Michele Bachman
“It’s interesting, a lot of members of Congress may have forgotten what their Constitution says,” said Bachmann. “But again, it is not within our power as members of Congress, it’s not within the enumerated powers of the Constitution for us to design and create a national takeover of health care. Nor is it within our ability to be able to delegate that responsibility to the executive.”
Fortunately for Bachmann, as a member of Congress, she has “government-run health care.” I recommend that she make an appointment to see her doctor about the burning sensation she must be experiencing as a result of being congenitally stupid.
The funniest part of all this? Republicans are running around shrieking that the evil Democrats want to cut your grandma’s Medicare. I hate to spoil their fun but anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that the Republicans have had it in for Medicare since before its inception in 1965 — by Democrats. In fact, Republicans had spent the previous 20 years fighting the creation of universal health coverage as proposed by President Truman in 1945. What was the terrible catastrophe they warned us of? “Socialism.” Ironically, it was during the administration of the great fearmonger Ronald Reagan that Medicare was expanded to include coverage for President, members of Congress (yes, Michele Bachmann, that unfortunately includes you) and the federal judiciary.
While Republican arguments against universal healthcare have been and continue to be stupid and predictable, Michele Bachmann brings a whole new level of stupid to the debate.
MediaMatters has done the heavy-lifting, documenting in summary the “socialized medicine” smears of the last 75 years.
Tags: 1972, Green Bay, healthcare, Obama!, Richard Nixon, wisconsin
Given the recent acts of domestic terrorism, no one would question President Obama canceling today’s town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Not only did the president go but he helped out a school kid who had skipped school to attend by writing a note to show her teacher:
“To Kennedy’s teacher–Please excuse Kennedy’s absence… She’s with me.”
Tags: Economy, healthcare, outsourcing, public health, wages
The media coverage of the auto bailouts has focused on the need for union autoworkers to take big pay cuts, causing them to once again miss the real story. The Fiat-Chrysler deal shows that the pay problem is at the top, not the bottom. At the end of the day, the new Chrysler is still likely to be producing most of its cars in the United States. What the new company will be getting from abroad is technology and top management.
This big story was so easily missed because it runs against one of the main myths that our elites have cultivated about the US economy: that the country has a “comparative advantage” in highly skilled labor. In this story, the United States will continue to lose manufacturing and other “less-skilled” jobs as its economy becomes more concentrated in highly skilled sectors. This story was convenient for our elites because it meant that the decline of manufacturing was a necessary, if sometimes painful, part of a natural economic progression.
It also justified the growing inequality in US society that benefited not just Wall Street bankers and CEOs, but also millions of doctors, lawyers, economists, and other highly educated workers. These people took their six-figure salaries as a birthright, even as the pay of less educated workers stagnated or declined.
Not only is the current way of operating unfair but, lest we forget, “workers” are “consumers” and “consumers drive the economy.”
Go read the whole thing here. It’s not long.
And while you are at it, take a look at this brief paper by David E. Bloom and David Canning of the Harvard School of Public Health:
A great deal of the literature on economic growth has been devoted to studying the impact of education on aggregate economic performance and comparing the results with the rate
of return to education identified by the Mincer (1974) log wage equation. We believe that ours is the first study to compare the estimates of the macroeconomic effect of health on output with the
microeconomic estimates of the effect of health on wages now available.
We estimate that a one percentage point increase in adult survival rates increases labor productivity by about 2.8 percent, with a 95 percent confidence interval of 1.2 to 4.3 percent.
All emphasis mine.
(Cross-posted at FromLaurelStreet)