@proftom: No, the political divide is necessary to protect the global superpresumption favoring the free flow of trade, labor and capital. Reeves seems unfamiliar with the long history and periodicity of "globalization," and the very real limits to leverage; he imagines "flexibility" and "adaptability" can forever sustain the process.posted @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 12:05
[quote][b]Shalmaneser[/b] - The problem is that the core ideology of one side is pretty much explicitly a rejection of the notion that society should attempt to care for all[/quote]
No, it's that such efforts ought be sustainable.posted @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 11:51
Interesting thread and comments!
On the proposed GA Medicaid expansion, I found this:
“But the bottom line on Medicaid expansion is this: Regardless of whether the new costs are $2.5 billion, $4.5 billion or $6.5 billion, the state of Georgia doesn’t have the money to pay for it without a huge tax increase, crowding out all other spending or both.”
One route for medical care is to go to an ER. They might patch you up, but their responsibility is limited.
Another path would be to go to a public health department. Again, for various reasons, most of their services are aimed at pregnant women; other services fall under the heading of "public health" such as the endeavor to monitor and treat and prevent the spread of serious diseases including VD and tuberculosis. Locally, I believe they will also treat hypertension for the uninsured and poor. Then, of course, even out-of-work people can make appointments with private physicians; some will accept sliding pay scales, though their is little cost transparency because they need to pay high overheads and cannot afford to be seen as "the place" for the poor and uninsured to get treatment.
Other sure routes to get Medicaid include becoming pregnant; and despite much liberal activism on sexual identity, this is still impossible for males. Children, of course, are eligible for Medicaid, based on income requirements, till 18 or 19 y.o.. Another route is to get a federal disability claim approved: Disability checks, aka "crazy checks" come with Medicaid.
In some families, both parents and some or all of the kids are all on disability and receive Medicaid. They are categorically eligible to receive SNAP, though their allotment may be small because it includes their disability pay as income.
Poor people in GA could pick-up and move to California, Massachusetts or some other state where it's easier to get Medicaid; for those with chronic or critical conditions, that might be a good move.
Over-time, we must assume GA will expand its Medicaid programs at the same time it ups tax rates AND cuts other spending on programs like state parks, prisons and education. Right now, higher education and K12 bureaucrats dream of Santa Deal coming for Christmas. Odd are, if Medicaid had been expanded, the gifts would be rather sparse.
Someone smarter than me: How should GA pay for the Medicaid expansion? What other programs should we cut? Whose taxes should we raise?posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 - 13:25
In education, and most else, money the root of all evil. How about a top flight leader who agreed to accept the position for $1 per year?posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 - 12:42
Can Obama Ignore the Debt Ceiling?
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In our "new" media, there is little leadership other than a "tried and true" anniversary that guides the daily rubric; then all the little facts and stories in real news are painted into the rubric, and the liberal media goes happily to bed.posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:57
@Anonymous Dude: Broun's the real deal; that's why everyone from those on the crazy left to the wine-and-cheese republicans despise and fear the man. Of course, your ridicule and deceit are the real fool's stuffing; the GA electorate smarter than you, I am betting. Still, your shrill off key performance is worth a laugh.posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:39
@mcdawg: Ha-ha! mcdawg, thanks for the laugh!
Broun's own proposed healthcare reform would work to foster real competition and bring down prices; he -- unlike the establishment republicans and democrats -- is not sold-out to special interests. That's what makes both democrats and republicans nervous about Broun. Lately, they've taken aim at his religious faith; seems the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to a policy-makers who shares few of their ideas! Sad to see you throw in with the Godless liberals and agnostics!posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:36
Likely ID laws are aimed at non-citizens, and not African-Americans. This is another made-up liberal hoax and non-issue used to score political points. Where is the evidence some have been stopped from voting?posted @ Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:30
[quote][b]Anonymous Dude[/b] - I'll have to put on Scotch glasses to see that, and I've got fence to put up[/quote]
NO, you'd have to take them and the media lens away from your eyes to see the truth. The Tea Party was pure Americana; certainly not potential terrorists or white supremacists. They threatened, at heart, deficit spending and leverage; those ingredients vital to create bubble economies AND separate the average man from his wealth all while promising a whiz-bang modern world!posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 13:46
By NOT negotiating on the current terms of "Obamacare," the President has taken an equally, or even harsher, tactic. STILL, my hat is off to all, willing to take personal political risks. For too long, it's been "my interest before the public interest," and "get along," "go along." Surely the middle-of-the-roaders are now exposed to a strange, new, isolation and anxiety; didn't see THAT coming!posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 13:34
Athenians are locked in the same global labor arbitrage that produces such working conditions. Over time, many more businesses and firms will outsource their production or insource cheaper illegal labor to remain competitive. All of this is made possible by U.S. policy that "frees" the flow of immigrants (to produce labor surpluses), capital (to build factories and farms in low-wage nations that have no environmental regulations) and trade (so that 'outsourced' producer goods face no penalty at the border).posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:15
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Broun's a keeper!posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:47
PBO is a tested-and-true supporter of globalist policies including "free" immigration, capital and labor flows across national lines. As I was saying, he is clueless about the big picture and imagines himself standing up for the "little guy" even as he presses forth a policy-making apparatus that has, since 1982, crushed working Americans. He DOES NOT KNOW that! (And if he does know, he is a real enemy of America, and all Americans!)
Unfortunately for the left, righting America's wrongs will require indulging in U.S.A.-centric attitudes, and policy-making; the damned Tea Party, for God's sake, is about the only group in the country standing firmly with the working class. It is a grass-roots domestic constituency and the ONLY THING that can possibly rally the masses and produce a sea change in American policy-making.
If we see a short-term consensus and wholesale route of the Tea Party, it'll mean back to "business as usual." Of course, I expect we'll see losses and gains on both sides and yo-yo'ing political dominance for years to come. The division, of course, the best possible outcome for the status quo.posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:31
[quote][b]Anonymous Dude[/b] - Your astute comments here tell me that our President INDEED knows how money and markets operate. Intimately[/quote]
The pending default is in his hands. Not only would "going over the cliff" END democrat dominance at the White House, it'd merge his current foes with new swaths of the American electorate who suddenly realized EVERYTHING is on the table! The would DEMAND sustainable spending and fiscal balance; as is, so many on the left both have their snouts, somehow, directly in the government trough; and imagine 'plenty' is a mere political state of mind.
As noted, seen from afar, the shutdown and possible default are a normal course of events.posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:02
Nice link to the article about previous government shut-downs! Can you forward it to the White House?posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 17:27
The headline was something of an understatement. It would be more accurate to say, "Open Enrollment Starts Today For Obamacare; Health Navigators, the Country, Freaked-Out, Confused!"posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 17:20
But the GOP-led effort is to temper the new rules to avoid layoffs and other counterproductive effects; if they reach a compromise that keeps workers working FT, and lessens the impact on businesses, that ought be good for employment, and good for markets. THEN, the mood might be one of cautious optimism. Finally, someone has stood-up to the job-killing White House, and "anti-free-market, anti-business" democratic leadership in D.C.!posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 17:09
Closer oversight of revenues and transparent accounting practices might help build re-build confidence in government; if not, it's on a fast-track to being a "prize," and government jobs a "spoils" system. Fulton county, here we come!posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 16:28
Increased wages can come when the demand for labor exceeds the supply.
The Iron Law of Wages is a proposed law of economics that asserts that real wages always tend, in the long run, toward the minimum wage necessary to sustain the life of the worker.posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:59
@Anonymous Dude: Government is hostage to the global credit market, not Tea Party Republicans! We ought keep in mind, PBO -- and the rest -- have little idea about the way money and governments operate. I'd like to lay blame for that on PBO, but honestly, that would be unfair, as he follows a literal cattle call of unqualified, inexperienced political leaders. Almost all of the extant political leadership got into office in the time of credit bubble 'milk and honey.' Voters, then, could indulge themselves imaging the election of a 1/2 black man would represent "great progress" in an America too often viewed as "racists and too white!" Other times, voters elected leaders vowing to put a stop to marriage between two men; and then someone who 'felt our pain'! But, back to the story ....
If the shut-down lasts to mid-October, and we start closing in on the debt ceiling, likely PBO would trot out a U.S. Treasury official to announce an impending U.S. default. Markets would yo-yo, on cue, but also know the default was a political stunt, and not evidence that the borrower couldn't or wouldn't "pay as agreed." Those, 'other,' defaults are the ones that can make currencies crash, and interest rates skyrocket.
Chances are, leaders will panic as the market yo-yo heats up, and financial authorities begin to shout and point fingers; then we'll have some corrective policy produced, again, by "crisis" government. THEN, back to normal until the next opportunity to do the whole thing over!
No matter if you are a dem or republican, you likely are to witness a long period of government infighting as the U.S. economy slowly recognizes a new global Depression. In fact, what we see today -- government shutdown -- is nothing new but a continuation of the sort of stuff we saw when FDR plowed ahead with his New Deal to treat his Depression. The change to look for and hope far is some sign of sustainable, rising prosperity for America; I see, now, another bubble economy bound to crash, again; crashing commodity prices and employment and stark deflation in spite of promised "money" helicopters! And divided government and people as far as the eye can see, or the brain can imagine. There will be no near term Deliverance; and as you strike at the serpent's head, so shall he strike at thou heel. The new normal.posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:34
He said that many of the schools have reported better academic performance and less student sick days as a result.
I'd like a side of data with that claim!posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:15
Glad the AP saw fit to get the President's response out to the public! One wonders if the other 17 government shutdowns since 1976 were caused by "ideological crusades?" From our media, one might conclude there is but one side to the story; perhaps the media took a cue from the Congress and decided to shutdown objective, balanced coverage?posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 15:02
How And Why Detroit's Problem, Is America's Problem ...
In a report earlier this month, Fitch noted there is little precedent for classifying unlimited tax general obligation bonds as unsecured debt. Should a bankruptcy court approve Detroit's treatment of these bonds as unsecured debt, Fitch will reassess its ratings of tax-supported debt ratings within Michigan and perhaps the rest of the country, the firm said in a statement.
Is a Detroit default the same as a U.S. default? Well, many of the same investors -- say, a German bank -- that buy Detroit "munis" also purchase other dollar denominated bonds such as Treasury Bills. Clearly, the ongoing perception is that T Bills are the safest investments in the world. But defaulting on any bonds denominated in the U.S. dollar represents an uptick in risk for all bonds; and that means the buyers will demand higher interest premiums and perhaps more strict repayment terms.
It goes without saying that our money -- USD -- represents a share not only in U.S. debt (and a promise to pay) but also in debts issued by states and municipalities. Wholesale defaults simply cancels the promise to pay and effectively devalues the share price or value of the USD. That means not only higher rates and harsher terms, but higher inflation.
Imagine that all U.S. debt went into default: That would mean the USD -- all of it -- became simultaneously worthless. Not worth a Continental and like that. (But because the Detroit debts represent a tiny fraction of total debt, their default could do little damage to the value of the USD.)
Games about paying debts are one thing; but court cases that undermine promises to pay are more certain, final dramas, with well-known consequences. THEN, a court ruling favoring "default" in Detroit, is everyone's problem!
On the plus side is the fact that Detroit's bankruptcy is an "orderly default." Mistakes were made but many bond holders will still get paid because the bonds were insured. Investors "didn't know" Detroit debt was not U.S. debt. (The Chinese didn't know the MBS issued by Freddie and Fannie were not U.S. debts 'as good as gold.' And they weren't, either, until the Feds transmuted them to avoid a flight from the dollar assets).posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 - 18:47
UPDATE: A Reuters story puts to rest the idea PBO would ignore the statutory debt ceiling. If the ceiling is not raised, U.S. Treasury officials will warn of impending phony default.posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 - 17:52
Fans of longtime East West Bistro chef BJ Bracewell have but two more days to enjoy his cooking at the long-running East Broad Street fusion restaurant before he starts a new job. Bracewell, who has cooked at East West since, like, forever, starts a new gig Monday, Dec. 16, at the Rooftop by the Branded Butcher. read more
Summary: The local foodie group celebrated Terre Madre day with a fundraising dinner at 5&10. The Athens wing of the international Slow Food movement recently held a fundraiser to support community gardens in Africa. The affair was the Athens incarnation of Terre Madre day, a worldwide party highlighting all the players in local food systems, from farmers to chefs, and centered around a dinner at 5&10 replete with encouraging words from chef Hugh Acheson. read more