Tuesday, October 20, 2009


because I'm lazy and they're easy to pound out while watching Sabathia and the Yanks make this a good fall.

Scoring the Baucus Bill: Tax Dynamics:

Concern troll wants you to remember stuff costs money, which means we shouldn't do stuff, unless it involves blowing up brown people and their stuff.

Three Books to Change Your Mind:

Instead of laughing at, not with, PJ O'Rourke I'd like to highlight this line from Amazon's description of The Elusive Quest for Growth;

The problem is not the failure of economics, William Easterly argues, but the failure to apply economic principles to practical policy work.
And remember, conservative ideology didn't fail, Bush failed conservative ideology.

The UAW's New Conflict of Interest:

To review, executive level compensation being driven into the stratosphere by conflicts of interest isn't a biggie, especially if we're talking about bankers getting rich off bad mortgages their bank never planned on owning long term, but union workers demanding slightly less when they're working for themselves is deeply troubling insofar as a group Megan dislikes is continuing to exist.

Do Private Insurers Subsidize Public Programs?:
Does cost shifting exist? Do hospitals actually use private insurance to subsidize inadequate reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid? Insurers claim it does, but they would, wouldn't they?
No comment from me needed.

"We Will Control Healthcare Costs, Because We Have To":

Once again, concern troll would like to remind you that doing stuff costs money, and ask that you not remember the tax cuts and war she supported which have no relation to any debt incurred providing basic medical care for the American people, nor any relation to our national debt at all.

That's enough for now. The Yanks just won, I think it's time to smoke some pot.


Dhalgren said...

Do not worry. The Phillies are going to beat these Pinstripes. The Yankees are not supposed to win with A-Rod on the roster. The Curse of A-Rod must stick.

I'm simply not ready for a 7th Yankee MLB championship in my lifetime. A little more time, por favor.

In other news, I just watched Frontline this week, profiling Alan Greenspan. In the first five minutes, it reveals that he and Ayn Rand were friends and she was his mentor. Old news, but not to me. Wow. Just wow.

Ken Houghton said...

Excuse me: that's the Curse of Leaving Jeter at Shortstop.

"The problem is not the failure of economics, William Easterly argues, but the failure to apply economic principles to practical policy work."

Uh, did the Amazon reviewer actually read that badly-edited book? There are ten chapters of anecdote and false equivalencies, followed by one of substance, where it turns out that the issue is not 'practical policy work' but corruption.

That the book undermines its own thesis seems to have escaped McMegan. Then again, that's been true since "Jack and Jill."

NutellaonToast said...

I'm a bit late to the thread, but I do want to say:

Fuck the Yankees.