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  •  My NYT comments so far (3+ / 0-)

    On David Brooks failure to see and hear during his morning jog:

    I am surprised that David Brooks apparently didn't look closely enough at the content of many of the teabaggers' signs; had he done so, he could not have failed to notice how much racism is playing a role in these protests.

    Yes, there's an upswelling of genuine "populism" in addition to the astroturf variety subsidized by the health insurance and other industries that stand to lose billions should a public option be instated. But for all the fuel that the real and abetted populism provides, racism is clearly an accelerant. The dog-whistles have been within the range of human hearing for quite a while now, and again, I'm surprised that David Brooks hasn't been able to hear them.

    And my take on Krugman's piece:

    Paul Krugman is being too kind, at least in his first several paragraphs. But he gets it right toward the end: "The insurance industry, of course, loves the Baucus plan. Need we say more?" The industry is licking its chops at the thought that Americans may end up having to buy their junk insurance or risk being fined. And anyone who thinks that the industry won't push back or find loopholes in proposed regulation that will allow them to keep denying coverage, or continue to drag their feet and to hassle customers over legitimate claims, is kidding themselves. Fattening their bottom lines, not improving Americans' health, is their goal.

    The pity is that all the money spent on insurance middlemen could be much better spent on providing better health care for all. In France, excellent quality care is provided for all at prices ranging from free to very affordable. There is a place for private insurers, however: companies and private individuals can purchase supplementary insurance ("la mutuelle") to cover the co-pays. Such coverage is often part of the employee benefits package at larger companies. However (speaking as a self-employed subscriber to a "mutuelle" policy), the basic health care coverage is good enough and the co-pays affordable enough that I'm seriously considering dropping the mutuelle.

    America needs to get with the program and catch up to the rest of the industrialized world, but the Baucus plan is not the way to do so.

    (My Brooks comment has been published; my Krugman comment is apparently still awaiting moderation, and this after having submitted it some 13 hours ago — yes, at 2h46 my time. So who knows if/when it will officially appear. The NYT is strange that way.)

    Book excerpts: nonlynnear; other writings: mofembot.

    by mofembot on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 06:44:21 AM PDT

    •  I like the Post...instant comments (1+ / 0-)
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      This was mine on the Krauthammer Friday "I hate Obama" screed:

      It's always fun when somebody on the right like Krauthammer or Wills brings up someone to quote. They usually throw off a little description like 'Harvard Economist' or 'respected CEO'. A few minutes research, however, always reveals that the individual quoted as a definitive source is just as slanted as the authors themselves.

      In this case we have Greg Mankiw. Two second's research reveals that from 2003 to 2005, Mankiw was the chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors.

      Can we honestly saw that this individual has no horse in this race? That he has no reason to make Obama seem like he doesn't understand the brilliance of George Bush's economic strategies? He aided and abetted George Bush in his blind and idiotic policies that lead, directly and indirectly, to the disasters of last year.

      Nice try, Charles, but a little more info makes it very clear that this is just another exercise in sour grapes. And as for the President 'misdirecting, implying and misleading' what do you call it when you quote a man in an article about politics without mentioning his past political ties?

      "No, it's all right," said the prospective diner. "The slugs have formed a defensive ring." -- Moving Pictures. Terry Pratchett.

      by wonderful world on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 07:06:19 AM PDT

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      •  That's a bit over the top. (0+ / 0-)

        Krauthammer, you know, is a brilliant, highly respected columnist and author, who also won the Irving Kristol Award as well as a Pulitzer. He went to Harvard. Just because he appears to be a creepy, angry man in a wheelchair shouldn't suggest he's a creepy, angry man in a wheelchair.

        Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

        by adios on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 09:21:16 AM PDT

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