Dear Congressman Chabot, I am curious as to why Republicans don’t seem willing to compromise on our budget. Democrats seem willing to make many of the tax cuts you want. Why not get rid of some of the tax loopholes that they are asking for? I don’t understand your position […]
I received this alarmist e-mail from NewsMax today: Radio Insiders, Congressmen Aim to Stop Fairness Doctrine Moves are afoot to head off any Democratic efforts to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine and stifle conservative talk radio. A group of radio insiders has formed the Free Radio Coalition to fight the […]
T-shirt seen at the U.S. vs. Mexico soccer game in Columbus. Mexico actually lost the soccer game, but I’m scoring the public relations battle 1-0 in their favor.
Chip Saltsman, former Tennessee GOP leader, in a bid to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD of parodies to committee members that included the song “Barack the Magic Negro.” Many have labeled the effort as racist and the current chairman of the RNC has stated that he is appalled. […]
I happened across an interview with Victoria Wulsin in CityBeat this week and was struck by her concise framing of the health care issue. “What we all want is quality,” Wulsin said. Wulsin believes what has gotten lost in the health care debate is the patient. The current administration has […]
The “free market” is one of the most powerful frames conservatives use to advance their agenda. How many times have you heard the phrase “leave it to the market” or “let the market do its work”? This argument has been applied to everything from the breakup of AT&T to social security to just about every argument conservatives have about fighting “big government”.
The reason this argument is so effective is that most people can clearly see how the “free market” has brought many good things into their lives. The idea of a “win, win” situation is understood from daily transactions. When markets function properly, people often benefit.
The issue is that certain conditions are necessary to maintain this functioning “free market”. The Rockridge Institute has one of the best summations I’ve seen of the underlying assumptions of a “free market”.
As Americans, we spend more on health care than any other nation and get less. Why is this the case? Just for a second, I’d like to ask you to tune out all that you’ve heard about health care and to think like an insurance company. I used to work […]
Here’s an interesting post from Jared Bernstein on the growing economic gap between rich and poor. Compiled from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) statistics, here’s some highlights: $400 billion was transferred from the bottom 95% to the top 5%. The share of income held by the top 1% has climbed […]