Is Healthcare Worth Jail Time?

Damien Calvert, who was recently released from an Ohio prison for a drug-related murder he committed when he was 18 (he’s now a straight-A student at Cleveland State University, studying nonprofit management), said that part of the reason recidivism rates are so high is due to the lack of access to health care on the streets for parolees. “Guys get out with a week’s supply of their medications,” said Calvert, “and when they’re unable to navigate the health-care delivery system out here in the world, they commit another crime so they can go back to their comfort zone, back to where they know they’ll be kept alive. But there’s something fundamentally wrong in this country when people have to resort to committing crimes to receive adequate health care.”

From Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast

This is insane. It’s like Dog Day Afternoon. How much are we willing to spend to avoid spending money on health care?

30 percent of households making 250k+ think “upper-income” people pay too little?

Gallup poll that found only 6 percent of households making over $250,000 think their taxes are too low but 30 percent of that same group thinks “upper-income” people pay too little in taxes. She blames “this disconnect on the fact that upper-income people don’t realize they’re upper income.”

From Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast

Maybe everyone knows people wealthier than them?

The View From Rush Limbaugh’s Recession

One way to look at this is that when Rush Limbaugh really thinks the “sloth and laziness” of Americans mostly consists of jailed drunks on disability and equivalent cases. Another interpretation is that he lacks the courage of his convictions the minute matters move from the abstract to the real.

From The Daily Dish

Another take is that he doesn’t know what he is talking about on any intellectual level. Its all just bluster and BS. When confronted by even the simplest counter-argument, he begins to contradict himself.

The Left’s Tea Party?

The Left’s Tea Party?

A Government That Can’t Change

A government that uses intimidation, surveillance, and control of media to quell dissent deprives itself of good information about the population’s concerns. People keep their concerns to themselves out of fear. Grievances are driven underground, to fester. Not having a good handle on what people want, the government risks being blindsided by a sudden explosion of repressed anger. Repression also fosters conspiracy; fearful of expressing themselves publicly, people learn to form secret cabals; they become experts at dissimulation.

From A Government That Can’t Change – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

While that was written about how autocratic governments disconnect and then topple; it does sound like a pretty good explanation for the rise of the tea party. The Listen to Us sentiment seems to be the starting point for any Tea Party Rhetoric.

The Robot Economy

Assume robots are the same as humans. Robots can do all the work that humans can do. Robots need the same amount of energy/food to stay functioning as humans do, but robots themselves can produce that energy/food just like humans can. Robots will need maintenance and training as humans do, but robots themselves can produce that maintenance and training just like humans can. Robots can produce other robots, just as humans can produce other humans.

The only difference between robots and humans is that robots are owned by humans. Robots are just like human slaves. Robots will earn the same wages as humans, but those wages, minus the costs of the robots’ subsistence, will go to the robots’ owners. Just like slaves.

From The Robot Economy – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

We’re going to need those Asimov rules.

The Robot Economy

Assume robots are the same as humans. Robots can do all the work that humans can do. Robots need the same amount of energy/food to stay functioning as humans do, but robots themselves can produce that energy/food just like humans can. Robots will need maintenance and training as humans do, but robots themselves can produce that maintenance and training just like humans can. Robots can produce other robots, just as humans can produce other humans.

The only difference between robots and humans is that robots are owned by humans. Robots are just like human slaves. Robots will earn the same wages as humans, but those wages, minus the costs of the robots’ subsistence, will go to the robots’ owners. Just like slaves.

From The Robot Economy – The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

We’re going to need those Asimov rules.

The Triumph Of Romneycare

the healthcare exchanges set up for those shut out of the employer system have seen premiums decline 40 percent, even as all premiums have risen 14 percent nationwide. The power of the market. If the GOP were a serious governing party, they would focus on strengthening those exchanges in the federal bill, and working to break the employer-based healthcare system.

From Andrew Sullivan

I’m still perplexed how otherwise sane people can look at a market based system with private insurance companies, private sector doctors and hospitals and declare it socialism.