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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion - Unless you live in Indiana.

Started by Neal. Last reply by JeanMarie May 10. 39 Replies

Indiana, being the Alabama of the north, is front and center this week. Governor with presidential ambitions Mike Pence signed into law the "Religious Freedom" act. Basically vilified by all those who are part of the thinking human race, it is just…Continue

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The IPA and the Heartland Institute

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Institute of Public Affairs.And Heartland Institute Link.From the AU's ABC.Last week's revelations about the Heartland Institute, probably the most…Continue

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Ethics? We don't need no damn ethics.

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House Republicans secretly vote to gut Office of Congressional EthicsLet's get this party started! In a secret vote held behind closed doors…Continue

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The Proceeds of Corruption

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China Launches Hypersonic Missile Test, Downplays Fears

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China's recent test of a hypersonic vehicle should not unduly alarm the United States or any other nation, Chinese military officials say.The test of China's new "…Continue

Michigan Senators Write God Resolution

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False News about Saudi Arabia & GCC

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This Thread will be like filter for the news & videos about Saudi Arabia & GCC because there are a lot of false news about Saudi Arabia & GCC lately. I think this thread will help clarify many things ...Continue

Finally - Paul Ryan’s Worst Nightmare Comes True as Bernie Sanders Is On The Budget Committee

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Comment by Doone on April 19, 2011 at 6:29pm

Long story short, Stuart produced the chart below, which suggests China can keep growing at a fast pace until its per capita income is somewhere in the $25,000 range, which is probably still 15-20 years away. I don't have the chops to adjudicate this, but I thought it was worth highlighting a contrarian opinion anyway. China might very well slow down in the next five or ten years anyway, since it faces multiple constraints (resource scarcity, productivity limits, demographics), but the $17,000 limit is just a guess, and you should probably put some fairly large mental error bars around it.

Source http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/04/future-china-take-2
Comment by Doone on April 19, 2011 at 6:22pm

Chart Of The Day

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The Economist checks in on Internet freedom, via a new Freedom House report (pdf):

Nine of the 15 countries that the Washington-based think-tank assessed in 2009 fared worse this year, among them Iran, Tunisia and China. On the plus side, citizens are growing increasingly adept at sidestepping these threats to their internet freedoms, and the use of social media did much to galvanise political oppositionacross the Arab world in recent months. Indeed web-users in some countries, such as Georgia and Estonia, have more freedom now than they did two years ago.

I'm struck by the relatively high Internet penetration in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The United States' acquiescence in the brutal suppression of Bahrainian democracy is one of the least noted tragedies of the Arab Spring.

Comment by Doone on April 19, 2011 at 1:19pm

People Want To Tax The Rich 

This is a well-known poll result, but the latest from Marist (PDF) confirms it:

 

 

One of the most striking aspects of American politics over the past decade has been the unwillingness of moderate/vulnerable Democratic Party members of congress to embrace the median voter’s view of this issue. In principle, it ought to be a potent wedge that sharply divides the Republican base from moderates and independents. But instead of moderate Republican politicians feeling political pressure to break with their leadership on taxes, we’ve consistently seen moderate Democratic Party politicians breaking from their leadership.

Comment by Doone on April 19, 2011 at 7:00am

Hi Jean Marie,  Do you have a comment on these statistics? it seems to be that a voucher system would defund about 10 percent of the seniors or the 1st major illness of your retirement will provide you a choice of dying or saving money for your spouse and/or children

5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of health care costs; and 20 percent of the population accounts for about 80 percent.

Comment by Doone on April 19, 2011 at 6:57am

Fallows, Redux: The GOP Health Care Plan–Worse Than The Chicken At ...

Cole is right. Fallows is killing the ‘tubes these days.  Case in point:  this piece, in which Fallows in part channels another excellent post by Merrill Goozner, carries this title: Undoing Medicare:  The Real ‘Death Tax.’

Here’s what Goozner said:


Seniors and the poor account for over half of health care spending. Within those groups, 5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of health care costs; and 20 percent of the population accounts for about 80 percent. These costs come for the most part at times when economic incentives have no influence at all on medical decision-making: in medical crises; in treating chronic conditions; and, for most Medicare patients, in the last six months of life.

 

 

That’s why a voucher program for Medicare, which will shift an increasing share of those inevitable costs onto the elderly themselves, can fairly be categorized as a 100 percent estate tax or death tax. People under 55 need to know that if the plan crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan were passed, most of them will never have a cent to leave to their children. It will all go to the health care industry to support the American way of dying.



And here’s Fallows’ conclusion:
If one major goal is containing overall health spending, it is flat-out delusional to think that older people, in their role as patients or individual purchasers of insurance policies, can be more effective negotiators than Medicare in its entirety dealing with the health system as a whole.
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In short: the overall economic price tag for medical care is likely to go up under this plan; and the number of people who will have to live with worry about ruinous medical bills will be much greater. This is part of the reason why, until very recently, no “serious” person proposed getting rid of Medicare.

Exactly so.  Fallows has nailed it—and you should head over there to read the whole thing, if only for the update containing the analysis by one of Fallows’ readers who correctly nails an error in Fallows’ reasoning about the death tax the Republicans seek to impose on Americans.  It’s not as bad as argued above.  It’s worse. 

Image:  Francisco de Goya, In the Plague Hospital, 1808-1810.

Comment by Doone on April 18, 2011 at 10:42pm

AZ comes through on the side of reason

Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), who has been a darling on the right for her battles with the Obama administration over illegal immigration, health care and other issues, has now taken a potentially bold step against the Tea Party base: She has vetoed a "birther bill" -- a piece of legislation motivated by conspiracy theories about President Obama place of birth, requiring candidates for public office to submit proof of U.S. citizenship to the state Secretary of State before they could appear on the state's ballot.

"I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions," Brewer said in her veto message, theAssociated Press reports. Brewer herself is a former Arizona Secretary of State.

"In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their early baptismal circumcision certificates' among other records to the Arizona secretary of state. This is a bridge too far."

Comment by Doone on April 18, 2011 at 4:37pm

Can the Grand Old Party take on Medicare and survive?



The candidates brandished a “Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors” that promised to protect Medicare from their opponents’ “raid.” The party chairman wrote an op-ed warning that the other guys’ plan meant that “senior citizens will pay a steeper price and will have their treatment options reduced or rationed.” The ads were even blunter. “You cut our Medicare,” one accused. “And this November, you’re fired.”

Democrats in any election you care to name? Nope. It was Republicans running against the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare cuts in 2010. It worked, too. Seniors turned out in big numbers, and Republicans carried voters over 65 by an astounding 21 points — by far their biggest margin among any age group.

The GOP’s Medicare attack was a smart play that capitalized on an important demographic shift in U.S. politics. In recent years, the Grand Old Party has been getting even older. The AARP crowd was the only age group that supported John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 election. That was also the first election in decades in which the average Republican voter was older than the average Democrat.

At the same time, the GOP is losing support among the young. Voters between 18 and 29 were the only age group that didn’t break for Republicans in 2010. In 2008, Obama won them by 34 points. So Republicans aren’t courting seniors — who turn out at the highest rate of any age group — just because they want to. They’re doing it because they have to.

But in 2012, this alliance will be tested. In 2010, President Obama’s health-care law gave Republicans a way to unite their passionate opposition to the legislation with seniors’ passionate opposition to cutting Medicare. At the time, many people noted the peculiarity of the Republican Party remaking itself as the guardian of Medicare and wondered if it could last. Now we know it couldn’t.

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Comment by Doone on April 18, 2011 at 4:31pm

Map Of The Day

Death rates by state per 100,000 of the population:

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Weird how it mirrors (with a few exceptions) the political map.

Comment by Doone on April 17, 2011 at 9:00pm

"I Feel The Freedom"

A must-see from ITN on the brutal, gruesome fight for Misurata:

The sight of a father carrying his soon-to-die painfully young son is hard to banish from the mind. So fair warning.

Comment by Doone on April 17, 2011 at 8:29pm

Ten Years ago

 

The Republican pose toward deficit projections under the Obama administration is one of pure hysteria -- we face an existential civilizational crisis that requires us to remake our welfare state. Ten years ago, the Republican pose was surplus hysteria. The surplus is huge, we must eliminate it it lest the government pay off the entire national debt and start buying up private industry. As part of this argument, conservative Republicans were fervently insisting that the Congressional Budget Office was underestimating surpluses over the next decade. 

 

The Bush Tax are "

"It's too small," Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the most junior member of the Ways and Means Committee but a leading House supply-sider, told me. "It's not big enough to fit all the policy we want."

 
 
 

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