Tuesday October 13th 2009

housing bubble imagesHour One: Just like Vietnam and the draft - shouldn't we be requiring healthcare mandates so everyone cares? Thom will debate John Lott www.JohnRLott.blogspot.com

Hour Two: Is the housing market crashing again? with John Berlau www.cei.org

plus...."Real estate...comeback or false positive?" Thom talks with Dr. Lawrence Yun of the National Association of Realtors www.realtor.org

Hour Three: "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street" Thom gets the real story on the economic crisis from former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins www.nomiprins.com

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mishld (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#1

(Psst - your headings/tabs dates are off by a day.)

Mark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#2

The “boost” given the senate finance committee’s health care bill may have been welcome news its few supporters, but this should be not permitted to fool the rest of us into believing that this is not what it is: a bogus, clapped-together bill that does not promise anything even remotely like universal care. We are being asked to trust private insurance companies to cooperate in expanding the insurance availability pool through an “insurance exchange.” That is all. Its most optimistic assessment is that 94 percent of non-Medicare eligible people will have the opportunity to buy coverage—by 2019. Even by then, at least 12,000,000 legal residents will still not able to afford insurance, and this is probably a low estimate. Who will these people be? Those who have pre or post-existing conditions? The homeless and utterly impoverished? The most vulnerable Americans? And what kind of insurance will be made available to the currently uninsured? The kind that today forces many people into bankruptcy, or the useless kind with such exorbitant up-front costs it forces them to put off needed care until they are on their deathbeds?

Insurance companies are already preparing for public consumption their excuse for failing to follow through on their obligations under a finance committee plan. Taxing drug companies and so-called “Cadillac” health plans can only mean higher premiums and lesser coverage. And they are probably right. Increasing taxes on their profits would be a better idea; even better is increasing just slightly the percentage of tax on the wealthiest Americans—which to Republicans and Blue Dogs is sacrilege—they would rather see their own mothers thrown out into the gutter before they allow that to happen. This “reform” is a sham, and yet the Democrats can’t even persuade Olympia Snowe to sign on to it; apparently she gets her marching orders from the fringes, like the rest of her party. Or perhaps she will withhold her support until the bill is completely devoid of any impact on the status quo, so she won’t incur too much wrath from her party if she votes for it.

Thom mentioned the AARP on Monday, which reminds me that I saw an AARP commercial over the weekend in which the spokeswoman urged her aged listeners to protect their Medicare “privileges” and “right” to choose their own doctor. Although it wasn’t specified who was placing their privileges and rights at risk, it was plainly a thinly-veiled fright tactic aimed at health care reform and the pubic option. No mention, of course, of the Republican efforts to destroy Medicare, or the AARP’s wretched acquiescence to such Republican scams as Medicare Advantage and Part D. The fact is that the AARP has so miserably failed to represent the true interests of the aged, that it must be nothing more than a Republican front group or PAC.

In any case, there is no such thing as “unlimited” choice of doctors. Most private insurance providers have their approved network doctors; anyone outside that approved list the insurance providers will not offer complete coverage, or none at all. Doctors, of course, can and do refuse to take patients. A public option—or at least a true public option, not the vegetable soup private option being bandied-about—should on the other hand have wider reach, being a national plan with rather far fewer of the “customer service” types employed by private insurance companies, whose only medical training is how to say the word “no.”

Gerald Socha (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#3

From Bush II to Obama endless BOHICA experiences!!!

http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2009/10/12/the-left-easily-misled-or-s...

Quark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#4

In a post last week, I said that I wish there was a way for people to have more compassion for each other. (I don't know if that is possible, given that we seem to be dealing with hate speech coming from the cults within the Republican Party and the religious right.)

Karen Armstrong, writer and scholar, was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio this morning. She has started a new endeavor --- The Compassion Project. Her premise is that we each need to work on our ability to have and express compassion for each other for mankind to succeed on the planet. She also says that "The Golden Rule" is the essense of compassion.

Here's a link to Armstrong's Compassion Project website:

http://charterforcompassion.org/

If the podcast of the Armstrong interview is linked on the MPR website, I will post it here.

Mark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#5

I was listening to Randi Rhodes last night expressing displeasure at the fact that Barney Frank was advising against mass marches by gay supporters in advance of Barack Obama's moves to end "don't ask, don't tell" and the DOM act. He may have a point. If this was just about offending the tender sensitivities of heteros, that could be easily dismissed. But some things just cannot be easily dismissed. I recall the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict; I watched scenes of mayhem and destruction within one’s own neighborhood. What was the point of such mindless acts? Why didn’t they load up in buses and take a trip to put the fear of God in those Simi Valley racists for a day or two? All the rioters did was bring discredit to their cause.

I once stood on the sidelines watching a “Take Back the Night March” that occurs occasionally in Seattle. These marches, allegedly about women being free to walk the streets at night, is really just an excuse for the lesbian population on Capitol Hill to offend as many people as possible. They carried signs and shouted-out slogans that advertised the apparent hatred of some of men and heteros, violent in both word, tone and speech. What were they trying to accomplish? Whose support were they supposed to be encouraging? I took a gander at a flyer which listed the sponsors of the march. One or both the words “Radical” and “Dyke” seemed to be included in every sponsor’s name. The fact is that gays and lesbians can be just as bigoted and racist as anyone. I frankly don’t think Obama’s sensitive speech suggesting that they are not flawed people like everyone else will change that.

Quark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#6

Thom,

I got the impression that John Lott actually discovered (with your help) some flaws in his arguments. The question is, what will he do with this insight --- reformulate his right-wing argument to refute your contentions, or rethink his position? (Maybe it depends on how deeply invested he is in the cult.)

mstaggerlee (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#7

My wife is a High School Dropout. Not because she failed in the Public School System (she had a high B average when she left), but because the system failed her - she was, essentially, bored to tears the prevailing teaching strategies of the era (which have NOT improved since - if anything, they're less relevant to the world we live in today than they were then). She earned her GED 3 months BEFORE her high school class graduated.

Last fall, she retired from a career in private education that encompassed 15 years as a classroom teacher and 6 years as a principal.

My point here is that private education is NOT just for those who "can't make it" in the public school system. To an even greater extent, it is advantageous for those whom the public system does not provide sufficient challenge to hold their interest.

Quark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#8

Thom,

I think Joe Sestak is running against Arlen Specter, in PA, not Joe Lieberman, in Connecticut.

mstaggerlee (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#9

oops ... s/b "... to tears BY the prevailing ..."

B Roll (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#10

Lori Wallach said that reinstating Glass-Steagall is barred by our WTO agreement. I think she said there's something in the Doha round agreements that would prevent it.

I think she also said that if the WTO could be amended it would take 67 votes in the senate to approve it because it's a treaty.

Quark (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#11

COMPASSION IS THE KEY...

Link for my first post:

"Compassion key to understanding world's religions
Religious thinker and writer Karen Armstrong argues that the major religions of the world share a view that compassion is essential. But she says those who worship God too frequently forget to practice compassion." Audio.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/31/midday2/

Gerald Socha (not verified) 9 years 40 weeks ago
#12

Smooth talker will kill more people in Afghanistan!!!

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2009/10/13/backdoor-escalation/#

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