Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cruising the Web

Maybe this is why people are so ticked at Congress - it's made more laws affecting more Americans since the 1960s.

As you read through the list of changes made in the 9/11 First Responders health bill, it's clear that the issue was never whether the federal government should pay for their health. It was always about how best to do so while limiting the opportunities for waste and fraud. It was pure demagoguery to cast this as a story of Tom Coburn leading the GOP to deny health care to first responders. It is demagoguery like that which will prevent any true reform of programs like Medicare and Medicaid. But then demagoguery is so much easier, isn't it?

Alan Reynolds explains why it is a myth to say that those in the top income groups "supposedly received huge windfalls from the Bush tax cuts."
That's one way to be sure that neither lawyer picks him.
Steve Martin is tweeting
while waiting for jury duty.

Obama sure likes the superlatives - when discussing himself and his accomplishments.

Is the solution to getting kids to eat more healthily to get rid of government-subsidized lunches?

How a schedule change in the new GOP House could actually save money. We'll see. I think I've heard these sorts of promises before.

Using e-mail is like so last century. It's just too time-consuming for today's younger generation. It's true - I've found that it's often more certain to get a response from a kid by leaving them a message on Facebook instead of an email.

If only we could get the FDA to follow its instructions from Congress.

Good news - Henri IV's head has been found. Cross that off my worry list.

8 comments:

ic said...

"...while limiting the opportunities for waste and fraud. It was pure demagoguery..."

No waste, no fraud, no gains for those who make their money on waste and fraud. That's why it's so much more lucrative for politiciana to levy taxes on the general population to award their supporters and enrich their cronies.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Alan Reynolds explains why it is a myth to say that those in the top income groups "supposedly received huge windfalls from the Bush tax cuts."

actually, no. i made myself read this meandering essay about tax rates, and the main point it makes - aside from the inevitable and never varying republican whine about how the top 1% of income, people making over a million, pay too much in taxes - is that when taxes go up, rich people hide more income

of course, regular folks can't afford any of this fancy income reporting footwork

Tacitus Voltaire said...

It was pure demagoguery to cast this as a story of Tom Coburn leading the GOP to deny health care to first responders

i'll take that as an "ouch! it hurts when the hypocrisy of the republican party and its contempt for non-millionaires is exposed for all to see"

Locomotive Breath said...

Due to the Bush tax cuts, the bottom 47% of filers pay NO net tax or even get a refund in excess of that which they paid which is a negative tax. That's of those who actually filed. There are plenty who don't.

Sounds like their tax avoidance strategies are working pretty well.

Rick Caird said...

I guess TV is in favor of waste and fraud for 9/11 first responders.

Rick Caird said...

In spite of TV's claim that the Reynolds column was meandering, it actually went straight to the point: increasing tax rates does not increase the tax collected. The ones that are being singled ut for higher taxes are actually the ones who can manipulate their income stream to reduce their tax.

This obviously comes as a surprise to TV, but most economics and logic is a surprise to TV. I have never come across anyone who knows so little about the real world, but is so willing and able to demonstrate that lack of knowledge on a continuing basis. Stay anonymous TV. If your secret ever got out....

Tacitus Voltaire said...

rick has a set technique:

1. issue insults like a fourth grader

2. assert something illogical

3. fail to supply documentation

4. try to cover it up with more childishness and temper tantrums

Pat Patterson said...

Second comment by TV and the first insult. Selective memory and running to Aunt Polly in the same comment.

"i'll take that as an "ouch! it hurts when the hypocrisy of the republican party and its contempt for non-millionaires is exposed for all to see"