For April 19, 2013
1. When Will Republicans Understand Free Market Healthcare?
Healthcare is one of the most complex policy issues. The lack of free market healthcare, engendered by endless government interventions (and secondary interventions to fix the original interventions), has made policy solutions even more cumbersome. But the overarching principle of any reform must begin with the understanding that federal intervention in the healthcare industry has inexorably driven up the cost of healthcare and health insurance. As such, no healthcare policy panacea can begin with growing government and further distorting the already grossly-altered healthcare market.
Instead of proposing more free market solutions, Republicans are offering pale-pastel versions of Democrat government intervention as solutions. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
2. AUDIO: NPR says April "big" month for right wing terrorism
Revealing Politics has posted audio of NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston who claims that investigators are leaning towards a domestic terrorism because of the "timing." Specifically that April is big for right-wing terrorism because of things like Columbine & Hitler's birthday.
I can't remember the last time I was invited to a Hitler get-together but apparently she can. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
3. Maryland GOP cracks down on Bloggers
Michael Dresser of The Baltimore Sun (who is greatly missed from his days as a transit/transportation writer for them before he went to the government beat) writes about new rules from the Maryland Republican Party related to media credentials (which I've excerpted at the bottom of this post.)
There are several questionable things in there, but the thing that stood out to me, besides Dresser's headline, was the credentialing rules as they relate to bloggers.
Basically, the rules show laziness by letting other credentialing bodies do all the work. Additionally, there seems to be an attempt to shut out bloggers. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
4. GM: A Bad Investment
It's been nearly four years since General Motors (GM) declared bankruptcy and was bailed out by American taxpayers. So what has $50 billion bought us?
Working Mother magazine recently released their list of the dozen "Best Companies for Hourly Workers" for 2013. Among those listed was GM who, in their own press release, described the honor as "recognition of employers that have the best policies and programs for promoting women and a dynamic work life culture." However, closer inspection of where the company has chosen to invest appears to indicate that the promotion of women does not rank highly among GM's priorities. In fact, allegiance to the country that built them also does not seem to make the list at GM. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Morning Briefing: Free the Market
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