An all time high of $4B in political spending was reached this past election, with another $200M in dark money, even though less people donated than in previous elections. And money got results. Of the biggest spenders for House elections, 94% won; in the Senate it was 82%. All this, according to a Nov. 10 News Hour report.
At the risk of stating the obvious, here are 2 things you probably know:
There is too much money in politics.
The news media reaps huge financial rewards from campaign ads.
And 1 you may not know:
There was virtually no … read more »
Planet’s burning up, and I’m seeing red.
In the last 5 years, not one of the broadcast networks- ABC, CBS or NBC- Covered the Topic of carbon tax on their nightly news shows, and only CBS reported on cap and trade, with a single segment in that entire period. The concept behind both– putting a price on carbon emissions as incentive to curtail them– is favored by many as the best method to reduce emissions and help slow global warming.
That’s right. On the major network’s news- carbon tax: 0, cap and trade: 1. In 5 years.
Meanwhile, there … read more »
Over the past year, debate over raising the minimum wage has converged on 3 points:
o its effect on employment (particularly, on teens)
o its effect on consumer prices
o whether the Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a better solution for the poor
The non-partisan CBO’s February 2014 report, which analyzes the impact of raising the MW to $10.10 by 2016, paints a clear picture on the first point- employment, or jobs lost.
The CBO report states:
. 16.5 million people (10% of total employment) will get a raise*
. revenue will increase by $31 billion
. 19% of … read more »
With the media’s focus on cancelled plans, higher premiums and the website launch, ATQ Poll turns its attention to other ACA issues: Medicaid expansion, access to doctors and hospitals, and employer sponsored plans.
What benefits and costs (coverage, financial) do states weigh when deciding whether to opt in vs. out of ACA Medicaid expansion?
The goal of this question is to expose the decision making process that states use in determining whether to opt-in or out of Medicaid expansion, and to do so in clear, monetary/human, cost/benefit terms.
At last update, 27 states have opted-in for MC expansion, 21- out, … read more »
“Insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over, and expecting a different result.” That saying is often used in reference to politics, but maybe in the current political climate, the converse is true. Maybe Republicans are applying a proven strategy- repeating an untruth over and over- and, via a feckless press, expecting, …and getting, the same result: appearing to be in the right on ‘willingness to negotiate’, thereby prolonging the debate on debt reduction, their goal. In other words, ‘insanity’, as in, ‘crazy like a fox’.
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