I got enough rest yesterday, so I actually have two more articles for you today, although one is just a short Memorial Day greeting. If you are returning home today, please take extra care to keep yourselves safe on the road.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:39 (average 5:09). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: The Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare, goes fully into effect at the beginning of next year, and predictions of disaster are being heard far and wide. There will be an administrative “train wreck,” we’re told; consumers will face a terrible shock. Republicans, one hears, are already counting on the law’s troubles to give them a big electoral advantage.
No doubt there will be problems, as there are with any large new government initiative, and in this case, we have the added complication that many Republican governors and legislators are doing all they can to sabotage reform. Yet important new evidence — especially from California, the law’s most important test case — suggests that the real Obamacare shock will be one of unexpected success…
Click through for the rest of this excellent Krugman editorial. I agree that ObamaCare will be a big success, except in those areas where RepubliCare, with its built-in death benefit, takes precedence.
From TruthDig: Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, the Harvard economists whose influential pro-austerity study was recently exposed as being seriously flawed, have penned a scathing open letter to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a major critic of their work and one of the leading voices in the anti-austerity movement. In the long-winded letter posted to Reinhart’s website Saturday, the pair accuse the Nobel Prize-winning economist of “uncivil behavior” and criticize him for being “selective and shallow” in his characterization of their research.
This is a common Republican tactic, an ad hominem argument. Unable to mount a credible attack against Krugman’s position, they attack the person.
Here’s an amazing Whitehouse speech from earlier this month, “Time to Wake Up: Magical Thinking on Climate Change“:
Now, we need the White House to catch up to Whitehouse. I particularly liked his use of the Bible, because it shows the extent to which Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians ignore it unless they can twist it to support their goose-stepping to our destruction. Many of you do not believe his religious perspective, but if it helps those that do to support responsible environmental legislation, then please coexist without criticism.