I have to admit that I am most likely one of the few lifelong Democrats that sees the potential that consumer driven health plans have in becoming a major part of health care reform to achieve near-universal coverage in this country. It is unpopular to say in progressive circles, but the majority of Americans will probably never accept a one-size-fits-all health insurance system that is funded primarily with tax revenue. Unfortunately, the potential for consumer driven care is currently overshadowed by the perverse incentives for health insurance placed in our federal tax code. The most perverse incentive in our tax code pertains to the deductibility of health insurance premiums by employees. Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employers to offer a salary reduction to employees in exchange for paying premiums with pre-tax dollars. … Continue reading
Gidget and The Geezer probably don’t lie every time they open their mouths. I’m sure that sometimes they just misspeak themselves through the rationalization that if a ton of their B.S. was screened carefully enough at least one kernel of truth would almost certainly be found. Take the situation regarding the contribution made to U.S. energy resources by energy production from Alaska. They famously and repeatedly state that Alaska “produces nearly 20% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy”. Then there’s the facts! It’s simply untrue that Alaska produces anything close to 20 percent of the U.S. “energy supply,” a term that is generally defined as energy consumed. That category includes power produced in the U.S. by nuclear, coal, hydroelectric dams … Continue reading
I was pretty offended this week when I heard that Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, had the nerve to say “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig!” It’s obvious, Obama never met my good friend (we go waaaay back), Miss Piggy. As soon as I heard about what he said, I contacted the Pigalicious Diva and asked for her comment on the matter:
Sorry folks… I’m out at the beach relaxing for a day or two! Hopefully some of our writers will jump in and post.
While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, rape victims had to pay for their own rape kits. __________ I wrote about this yesterday over at my place (from Feministing), and it’s nice to see the media — McClatchy and USA Today, for example — pick up on what is surely one of the more disgusting stories about Palin’s “executive experience.” Here’s USA Today: In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence. They quickly passed a law prohibiting the practice. According to the sponsor, Democrat Eric Croft, the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where … Continue reading
Unlike some folks, I actually look forward to work to get me away from blogging (as opposed to looking forward to blogging to wind down from work). It’s not the blogging so much as the news. And, when politics are involved, I really need a night or two away from the blogosphere. Truthfully, it’s kind of like crack to me and like any addict, I know that I need to walk away but, sometimes, I just can’t. I know they say that “crack is whack”, but “blogosphere,…I don’t know how to quit you!” I guess I’ll try Pink Russian transference (the withdrawal symptoms will hurt a whole lot less). Today’s Ten Post Round-Up seems like more of the same ol’ … Continue reading
I was in a coffee shop having breakfast when I first heard, from a pilot friend of mine, that a plane had hit the WTC. I told him to stop joking around about crap like that and then realized he was serious. Something impelled me to rush back to my condo and turn on the news. I knew something life changing was happening. I turned on MSNBC in fact. I watched in horror for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon hypnotized by the horror of the event and the heroic behavior I saw that day. An MSNBC correspondent Ashleigh Banfield, later the first female reporter to enter Afghanistan, didn’t run away from the disaster. She ran toward … Continue reading
Sarah Palin never banned any books from her local library. But she did look into the matter- with the backing of her church- and fired a librarian that was shocked Palin would ask about such a thing (the librarian was rehired after a public outcry). There’s an implication that if there hadn’t been an outcry over the firing, some books might have slipped off the shelves and into a bonfire. Via Steve Benen: Yesterday, ABC News’ Brian Ross moved the ball forward a bit, with an interesting report. Ross emphasized an angle I previously hadn’t heard much about. Palin was elected mayor thanks in large part to the strong backing of her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, which, right around the … Continue reading