Wednesday, April 27, 2011
He's paid no price for his sedition campaign on the "birther issue", has he? Andersen Cooper didn't nail him on how he can bring allegations (that he's been told that a 'long form' birth certificate doesn't exist) but no proof.
He's getting away with a slander campaign, now, too, on education background and achievements of Obama.
Posted by Amicus at 8:39 PM
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I tried to look into what is driving the cost inflation of health care services a long while back.
I submit that no one knows, except perhaps a few insurance industry professionals.
Despite government mandated statistics, we simply do not have enough data to pinpoint the sources of cost inflation.
I believe there is an aged McKinsey study that everyone points to, but that is not fine enough grain. It's private. Surprised?
Posted by Amicus at 6:28 PM
Always starting from the highly dubious Thatcherite proposition that all private wealth, by definition, is "other people's money", Andrew Sullivan appears to be wrestling anew with the morality of healthcare in society. He appears to have discovered, 15+ years on from the initial research, that a large chunk of Medicare/Medicaid costs are spent near end of life.
Posted by Amicus at 6:10 PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Remember when Chris Christie was all about supposed no nonsense talk, about showing the real budget without "accounting tricks"?
Well, today the House GOP voted almost to the man to pass Paul Ryan's plan (HR Con 34), which is based on ... accounting tricks. These tricks.
Posted by Amicus at 10:42 PM
There is something more to say on the J. Crew Ad that stirred up controversy with an image of a mom painting her todler's toenails pink, even after it's been tackled by Jon Stewart, et. al.
I know the controversy expressed itself in terms of the scare-tactic "transgender".
But I continue to suspect that what is really at issue is that religious-conservative parents simply do not have any (public? sanctioned?) "script" to use to handle how to raise or respond to gay kids (let alone transgender). It's outside their faith and their own experience.
No one is telling religious-conservative parents of gays that it is okay to reject the narrative "it's okay to be or do whatever you want sexually". If a religious-conservative parent wants to tell their kid that "gay is not for everyone" and you should "be gay" (i.e. commit to live your life openly and fully as a "gay") only if you truly and deeply feel that that is what is right for you (i.e. "what God intended"), that's a supportable message.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A decade ago, Robert Rubin declared that systems to adjust current tax rates automatically based on fluctuations in revenues due to economic performance were bust, because they could be gamed.
Posted by Amicus at 3:30 PM
I listened to the speech. I think he forgot to use the word "Christian", as in, "it's the Christian thing to do." He seems to constantly forget who he's talking to that way ...
He really thinks that Republicans are earnestly pro patria. He doesn't remember Hoovervilles...and that quite a few are ready to let the devil take the hindmost, on principle.
Posted by Amicus at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It is past halftime and all.
The rush of the first two years has left at least two key parts of the domestic agenda still behind the 8-ball in terms of what the public knows. There was no signature anything in the fiscal stimulus. There is a flop, if not a flip-flop, on a campaign pledge (taxes). On the #1 political hot issue of the day, you flew over Wisconsin, for good or for ill... Your Treasury Secretary seems to be behind dismantling FNMA and Freddie, which is ludicrous.
Posted by Amicus at 4:25 PM
So, does the pundit commentariat know enough (including me?) to find all the false assumptions in the 'insoluble' assertion of Andrew Sullivan (which is quite different than Kling's "Iron Trilemma")?
I used to be persuaded that "we" couldn't afford the best care for little Johnny. What if we had to do that for everyone? It'd be unsustainable.
Then Democrats had a healthcare debate among themselves and I changed my mind. (Republicans had a fit-to-be-tied, instead.)
How about "we have to ration, we just do"? How does one address that?
Posted by Amicus at 3:53 AM
How many in the "Trump Organization" are busy dusting off their resumes?
I mean, how often do you get to see a Board Chairman go off the deep end on National Television?
Mort Zukerman is one of the very, very few who pull off a public figure, right?
If you are The Donald's son, right now, you are thinking, "OMG, how do we contain the old man?"
Posted by Amicus at 3:26 AM
BETWEEN THE REALITY AND THE RHETORIC, MIND THE GAP
"20 Years of Afghan 'war', 18 months at a time"
That about sums up what I heard briefly in testimony on war contracting about how NGO's view the need for development goals that are only sensibly implemented with time spans in the, you know, 5, 6, 7-year range...versus, you know, your estimate of the U.S. political cycle (e.g. 18 months).
Posted by Amicus at 3:21 AM
Monday, April 11, 2011
And then there was McIlroy, whose 80 in the final round might be remembered as much for the classy way he handled it all.
Still leading by one shot as he headed to the back nine, McIlroy hit a tee shot next to the cabins left of the 10th fairway and twice hit a tree to make triple bogey. He three-putted from 7 feet for bogey on the 11th, four-putted from about 12 feet on the next hole and buried his head into his forearm as the shock began to settle in.
McIlroy had the highest final round by a 54-hole leader since Ken Venturi in 1956. Not since Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie had someone lost at least a four-shot lead going into the last round of the major.
Posted by Amicus at 2:36 AM
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Months after the Senate Democrats (and Republicans) defeated any sensible fiscal policy in America, we find out today that, instead, $70B/yr in tax cuts for the wealthiest, passed as part of a "deal" last December, will be matched with roughly $79 billion in spending "cuts" for ... everyone else.
In an economy with horrible unemployment, the "leadership" response from Washington is to forget them and to ignore that getting people back to work is the #1 way to improve revenues to the government and fix near-term fiscal woes.
Posted by Amicus at 6:30 AM