30 March 2012

Jobs numbers

I don't think Obama's been much of a president. That said, the Republicans are likely to do much greater damage if they're given the reins. As Romney goes on and on about Obama's mismanagement, it's important to remember just how dismal things were in the U.S. after Republicans had been allowed to pass out endless favors to their rich friends. This chart's very telling:

28 March 2012

Mad men

I really think the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot with their assault on women's rights. I just can't believe that this demographic of white males pulled right out of a smoke-filled room in Mad Men, represents a winning combination at the polls. Of course, we'll rapidly stop hearing about all these "moral" issues after the Republic race is decided. Nevertheless, it's a reminder of how backward-thinking the party has become.

27 March 2012

The mandate issue

The tragedy of the healthcare issue in the U.S. is that we can't simply be up-front about it and pay the "mandate" out of taxes. This would eliminate insurance companies, which currently all demand their own pound of flesh, and get the debate focused on the key issues of costs and services. If the U.S. could do that, I'd actually be supportive of incentives for people to stay healthy (and extra costs for people who decide to pursue unhealthy lifestyles).

18 March 2012

Pavement indeed

This is a nice quote from a piece on Wall Street by Robert Reich:

The problem isn’t excessive greed. If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement. The problem is endemic abuse of power and trust.