Daily Kos: New bipartisan plan to ‘only’ cut food stamp benefits for 1.7 million.
Would that the ghost of Jacob Marley pay a visit. To voluntarily impose more hunger at this time of year, in the midst of such weather … terrible.
Metafilter: Is the Affordable Care Act a ‘Republican’ Health Plan?
Apparently hyperbole. The individual mandate is shared by the Heritage Foundation concept, little else. Perhaps that explains the Roberts/Supreme Court opinion. The comment thread on this one is less helpful than usual.
PNHP: Reviving the Fight for Single-Payer.
“It’s possible hospital groups can reduce costs [snip] but I look at the consolidations going on and ask myself, ‘Are we going to wind up with hospitals that are too big to fail? Are we going to have hospitals so powerful that we cannot not give them what they want?’ It’s going to be the government against the medical-industrial complex, which is developing very rapidly.” And what a mighty arm the medical-industrial complex is going to wield. Perhaps not as powerful as the military-industrial complex on paper … this one you’ll feel directly in your wallet, in your creaking joints.
ataxingmatter: Does Lowering Corporate Tax Rates Create Jobs?
Shop around, you can save huge amounts of money. IF. If you have the time to choose.
The Art Newspaper: Time is running out for America’s historic houses.
“A lot of historic buildings have huge deferred maintenance problems.” Isn’t this the problem for America in general?
Boston Review: Segregation by Culture.
No earthshattering revelations, yet an interesting read.
Design You Trust: 83-Year-old Man Lives in Makeshift VW Beetle.
Makes me feel ashamed for believing I’ve got a rough life at times.
CFEG: The Corporate Tax Rate Debate.
“Lower taxes on corporate profits not linked to job creation.” [PDF] Who is the Center for Effective Government? Formerly OMB Watch.
NY Times: As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.
Just read it. Even the best-intentioned ‘affordable’ health care reform doesn’t stand a chance against such market forces.
The Dish: Did Healthcare.gov Meet Its Deadline?
Doesn’t look like a single person is asking what I’m asking: What did the ‘fix cost? What is the continuing work costing?
I suppose this information is either being obscured, or ‘saved up’ as the next great disaster-news-du-jour.
YouGov: Congress approval hits a low.
TG’s Political Wire: Obamacare Is a GOP Jackpot.
“President Obama’s remarkable botching of the Obamacare rollout is exactly the reboot opportunity the Republican Party needed: a huge failure by its opponents and a priceless opportunity after the ill-advised government shutdown.”
SF New Mexican: Ski resorts may be allowed to charge ‘uphill’ fee.
“Once people accept that as reasonable, as many in Aspen apparently do, the possibilities for monetizing the backcountry are endless.” My italics. No friggin’ way.
Philadelphia Mag: 8 Reasons I’m Happy It’s Not 1963.
“Back then (well, 1959 but close enough) it took the typical American 885.6 hours of work to afford the average list of household appliances compared to 170.4 hours today. For example, a Kennedy voter had to work 167.5 hours to afford a refrigerator and 100.5 hours to buy a washing machine. Yet today’s Obama voter only has to work 22.4 and 23.3 hours to buy the same things.” Via the irrepressible MeFi.
The Dish: Charity Can’t Replace Government.
Sad that anyone even needs to express this obvious fact.
naked cap: Walmart Has Thanksgiving Food Drive for its Own Needy Employees.
I remember a time when the Ways and Means Committee would have responded immediately to something like this. Elsewhere, I see people online lauding businesses for hiring homeless people. One must be careful to ask … “For how much per hour?” A pittance is not enough, though it seems to salve the ‘better than nothing’ crowd. Living wage, one hopes (desperately). We who can maintain an even financial keel have no conception of how significantly the system is tipped against those currently suffering in this economy.
NY Times/Dealbook: Pressure Builds to Finish Volcker Rule on Wall St. Oversight.
“The push to reshape financial oversight hinges on negotiations in the coming weeks over the so-called Volcker Rule, a regulation that strikes at the heart of Wall Street risk-taking. The rule, which bans banks from trading for their own gain, has become synonymous with the Dodd-Frank overhaul law that Congress adopted after the financial crisis.”
Later, related: Why no bankers go to jail/Bloomberg.
Atlantic: Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s New ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Policy.
BBC: House Democrats help pass Republican-led healthcare bill.
Chaos, really. Dogs and cats, living together ...
TG’s Political Wire: Obamacare Could Haunt Democrats for Years.
I agree, but with different reasoning. The monetary angst, if born out as predicted by current theorists, will be renewed monthly as those health care bills roll in. It will remain fresh year-round. The Republicans couldn’t craft a better attack strategy if they tried.
The Art Newspaper: The economics of Marfa.
“A two-acre compound in downtown Marfa that sold for $30,000 in 1998 might sell for more than $500,000 today.” (laughing) In Marfa?!!! Middle of friggin’ nowhere in Texas. Get the Marfa lights to chase ‘em all out. I wonder if better zoning couldn’t take care of it all … but zoning usually ends up gamed by some interest or other. I look at Princeton (NJ; my birth town) now, and see the same effect. The house I grew up in is over a million dollars. I do feel pity for the native Marfans.
Youtube: Heating your home office for 8 pence a day.
In US dollars, about 15 cents a day. I certainly wouldn’t leave it on a paper magazine, however. Tea lights get hot. But totally brilliant. I have to try it out.
The Dish: Obama’s Obamacare Fix - Reax.
Nice roundup of reactions. Thank you, Andrew Sullivan. Saves time and effort.
Bloomberg: How McDonald’s and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens.
“Both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are engaging in perfectly legal behavior. The system was set up long ago in ways that failed to imagine companies doing this. Yes, they are taking advantage of the taxpayer, but they are also operating within the law. Which means it is time to change those outdated rules.” The proposed solutions: raise the minimum wage, and charge back public assistance to the companies. Sounds excellent to me.