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Archive for May 4th, 2012

The Health-Care Mandate Is About Liberty

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 4th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

The Health-Care Mandate Is About Liberty
Cohn & Strauss, Bloomberg
As they await the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, legal critics of the law say their case is about liberty. If the government can instruct people to obtain health insurance, they keep asking, what's to stop it from requiring them to buy broccoli?

Obama Targets a Party as Romney Aims at a President
Erin McPike, RCP
President Obama and Mitt Romney are talking around each other these days, and it's easy to see why: The former's message is rooted in party ideology while the latter's is based on his opponent's leadership style.The difference demonstrates how crystallized opinions have become as the election season begins in earnest. What's more, it shows how badly the Romney campaign wants the election to be a referendum on the president, thus making the incumbent's management style a focal point of the race. Team Obama, however, wants the sharpest contrast before voters to be…

Plutocracy, Paralysis, and Perplexity
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Before the Great Recession, I would sometimes give public lectures in which I would talk about rising inequality, making the point that the concentration of income at the top had reached levels not seen since 1929. Often, someone in the audience would ask whether this meant that another depression was imminent.