Lee Carleton 
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Re: “Death Spiral

There are two points to observe about Blumfield's rehash of typical Teapublican talking points.

First, the uncritical belief in a mythyical "invisible hand" and the perfection of laissez-faire corporatocracy is increasingly unconvincing and this economic model has had *decades* to work and yet it has failed to live up to its inflated and misleading claims - why should it get one day more?

It's time to move away from the magical thinking of marketplace economics and on to more rational economic perspectives. We know that medical costs are significant factor in individual bankruptcies leading to our historic and widening wealth-gap that pushes us closer to the edges of corporatocracy and further from genuine democracy.

The second observation is about the poorly worded "individual mandate" that motivates much of the opposition to Obamacare. This fee would be more accurately described as a "freeloader's penalty." It is an uncontestable fact that *everyone* will need healthcare at some point in their lives, so why should the rest of us foot the bill for those foolish few who reject affordable health insurance? Isn't this just the kind of "handout" that the Get Obama Party so vehemently opposes?

If Obama changes anything about the Affordable Care Act, it should revise the name of this penalty to make it more honest and then add a clause that legally binds those who reject insurance to pay the *full* amount of their medical expenses *and* requires that remaining costs to be passed on to their heirs as well until it is paid off - so WE don't have to.

Such real-world economic experience just might clear some of the misleading cobwebs of plutocratic propaganda from the heads of an increasingly fanatical, lockstep party hijacked by a small minority of ill-informed pseudo-patriots.

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Posted by Lee Carleton on 10/06/2013 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Small Change

Just a few thoughts on Williamson's article and some of the responses...while it is disappointing that Richmond was overlooked for railway funds, it is more clear that the Romney-Ryan plan is an Ayn Randian "you're on your own" approach for actual human citizens but generous subsidy and deregulation for the corporate person. So when the cliches fly about "handouts" let's be clear: public funds spent on education, poverty and transportation is a return of our own money in the form of useful and necessary infrastructure. The real "handouts" are given to corporations who, as Burger rightly notes, have been over-incentivized for years with mediocre results. We have heard the mantra of the Teapublicans that the stimulus was worthless and created "zero jobs" but this is a bald faced lie. Just look at the new fire house almost completed on Semmes Avenue, just one of many stimulus-funded projects in the Commonwealth that have created thousands of jobs.

But then again, maybe I'm mistaken, naive and biased as "anonymous" suggests. Maybe that fire house was built by that magical "invisible hand" of the (rigged) "free market."

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Posted by Lee Carleton on 09/17/2012 at 10:45 AM

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