What Labor Said About Social Security Lies

Major owning of laughably uninformed CNBC pawns begins at 2:22.


The Real Problem With The American Education System

American Education System

Conservatives are right — no amount of money you throw at public school coffers can save the education system. Unlike conservatives, though, that’s not because the problem with public education is public education; the problem is poverty.


The Anatomy Of The Tea Party

Ted Cruz Tea Party

The Article: Tea Party is an anti-populist elite tool. And it has progressives fooled by Michael Lind in Salon.

The Text: In recent essays for Salon I have argued that progressives and mainstream pundits are making a profound mistake by treating Tea Party radicalism as an outburst of irrationality by moronic “low information” yokels, rather than understanding it as a calculated (if not necessarily successful) strategy by the regional elite of the South and its allies in other regions. In an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal titled “The Tea Party and the GOP Crackup,” William Galston presents data that reinforces this conclusion:

Many frustrated liberals, and not a few pundits, think that people who share these beliefs must be downscale and poorly educated. The New York Times survey found the opposite. Only 26% of tea-party supporters regard themselves as working class, versus 34% of the general population; 50% identify as middle class (versus 40% nationally); and 15% consider themselves upper-middle class (versus 10% nationally). Twenty-three percent are college graduates, and an additional 14% have postgraduate training, versus 15% and 10%, respectively, for the overall population. Conversely, only 29% of tea-party supporters have just a high-school education or less, versus 47% for all adults.

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American Politics In A Nutshell

American Identity Politics

Not mentioned but noteworthy: “How the world views us: terrifyingly nuts”.


The Good News About Canada’s Death Panels

Canada Death Panels

The Article: Canada Has Death Panels by Adam Goldberg in Slate.

The Text: Last week Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that doctors could not unilaterally ignore a Toronto family’s decision to keep their near-dead husband and father on life support. In the same breath, however, the court also confirmed that, under the laws of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, a group of government-appointed adjudicators could yet overrule the family’s choice. That tribunal, not the family or the doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug.

In other words: Canada has death panels.

I use that term advisedly. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made it famous in the summer of 2009, when Congress was fighting over whether to pass Obamacare. As Republicans and Democrats continue to spar over health care, we should pause to wonder why millions of Canadians have come to accept the functional equivalent of an idea that almost sank health care reform even though, in this country, it was imaginary.

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