Posts tagged Politics

Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likens using the U.S. health-care system to shopping in a department store blindfolded and months later being handed a statement that says, “Pay this amount.”
Someone left a secret list of tea party donors or (I’m speculating) would-be donors lying around at a conference last week. A hotel guest found it. So here it is. (via Mother Jones)

Someone left a secret list of tea party donors or (I’m speculating) would-be donors lying around at a conference last week. A hotel guest found it. So here it is. (via Mother Jones)

Extreme inequality, it turns out, creates a class of people who are alarmingly detached from reality — and simultaneously gives these people great power.

Memo to media orgs: Call Social Security, Medicare, etc. “earned benefits,” not “entitlements.” Because accuracy.

Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.
They introduce themselves as pro-life. And I say, ‘Oh, I’m so glad. You must be fighting for healthcare for the poor.’ And they look at me like I’m bonkers.
Sheila Walsh, a Catholic nun. The quote’s from 2002, but you really wouldn’t know it. (via ereyes312)

Hey people who just woke up from a four-year coma: despite what the people on the teevee keep saying, the Affordable Care Act and healthcare.gov aren’t really the same thing.

‏@daveweigel: “And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher.”

‏@daveweigel: “And the rally ends, inevitably, with Christie arguing with a teacher.”

teamsternation:

What your yearly taxes pay for (assuming a 50K salary):

  • $3.98 for natural disaster relief through FEMA
  • $6.96 for welfare
  • $22.88 for unemployment
  • $36.82 for food stamps through SNAP
  • $43.78 for retirement/disability for government workers (civilian/military)
  • $235.81 for YOUR Medicare
  • $247.75 for defense
  • and $4,000.00 for corporate subsidies

The Definitive Guide To Decoding Washington's Anonymous Sources

As Congress has increasingly injected itself into people’s lives by randomly disrupting them for no obvious reason, interest in the minute-to-minute goings on of these strange chambers of democracy, as evidenced by Google analytics, is on the rise among the general public. For those of you just walking into the theater, we thought a quick primer on some of the coded language the Capitol Hill press corps uses might be useful.

You have surely noticed that story after story is powered by the musings of anonymous congressional aides, lawmakers and White House officials. Can you believe any of this? Yes. But it depends.

Bookmark this immediately and refer to it often.