A common criticism of Republicans is that Democratic government programs create more dependence and less independence. Republicans value independence, therefore they oppose such programs because they believe government programs disincentivize people. This is a plausible argument, on the surface at least. But not only is this an extremely cynical reading of human nature, it completely … Continue reading Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640 Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” – Howard Beale, lead character in the cult classic Network. Well real life MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is having his own Howard Beale moment here, angrily deploring America’s bought … Continue reading
Pundits on both sides of US politics agree that you have to either cut spending and/or raise taxes in order to make a dent in the deficit between the money the government brings in and the money it spends. Currently servicing the government’s debt of $14 trillion cost $190 billion in 2009, which is nearly … Continue reading The false choice
There’s an op-ed in the New York Times from five conservatives with constructive ideas on how to improve health care reform: Bill Frist, Mark McClellan, James Pinkerton, Charles Kolb and Newt Ginrich. Well, at least four of them have sound ideas. I think that former senator Bill Frist’s snarky intro that the Democrats have “failed … Continue reading Believe it or not, Republicans have good health reform ideas too