We all know that the words we use are important. If we’re ever going to get single payer, I believe we need to stop using the term “single payer” and start using “social insurance” instead. Social security, Medicare, Unemployment Compensation and pensions are all examples of social insurance.
" POLICY is uncorrelated with public attitudes, and closely correlated with corporate interests. Elsewhere he showed that about 70 percent of the population has no influence on policy—they might as well be in some other country. And as you go up the income and wealth level, the impact on public policy is greater—the rich essentially get what they want.
Q. Noam, the unthinkable has happened: In contrast to all forecasts, Donald Trump scored a decisive victory over Hillary Clinton, and the man that Michael Moore described as a "wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full-time sociopath" will be the next president of the U.S. In your view, what were the deciding factors that led American voters to produce the biggest upset in the history of U.S. politics?
A. Noam Chomsky
Property tax for education; is it needed funding?
I heard Thom rant again on this topic, and he may be right, and then again wrong.
He assumes that rich districts pay for well paid schools, while poorer districts have less funded schools, therefore, funding for schools via property taxes should be eliminated.
Nice rant Thom, but there are other factors to consider.
I don't have the same history experience as Thom, so I can't come to the same conclusion.
Mr Obama was rarely called "President Obama". He was referred to as "Obama" or "Mr. Obama."
I am hearing trump referred to as "President Trump" almost every single time. Could people start just saying trump, and please note I am not even capitalizing the name.