Sunday Morning Coffee (SMC) is served! I know, you've been waiting an entire week for something worthwhile, right? Here you go...some of the short political and religious stories flavored with just a sprinkle of gossip. Go ahead...have some fun and drink in the coffee. And, if you are compelled...feel free to share or argue your wrong-headed point. That's always fun!
Job? Don't Need No Stinkin' Job!
For those of you who get all excited about the prospect of deporting millions of people who reside in the United States, without the proper paperwork, this should really get you excited. Why, because this will open up all sorts of jobs for lazy native born Americans. Ready? New research from Harvard University finds that men, in the United States illegally, are more likely to work than their native-born counterparts. And, what you'll really love about your new career is that they take jobs no matter how much or little they are paid! Woot!! This is the path to economic success for you native-born losers. But, don't take my word for it...that liberal rag The Wall Street Journal has the details. Mass Deportations = Jobs for Real Americans! Sounds like a Donald Trump theme huh?
Say It Ain't So!
What? Health care spending in FY 2016 is down? How can that be? With the evil Affordable Care Act in place everybody knows that we are spending way more than ever on health care. Oh...wait. On March 24, the Congressional Budget Office published data that might have surprised even the staunchest advocates for health care reform: New estimates show that total federal spending in fiscal year 2016 for major health care programs will be lower than was projected back in January 2009, shortly before President Barack Obama took office. Why is this shocking? The January 2009 projections for FY 2016 spending did not include the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, which was not signed into law until March 2010. This means that federal health programs are covering more people while spending less money. Damn...the Muslim president was right.
This past week the politics got really weird. It seemed it was all about wives and kids. From the Trump / Cruz wife comparison to the "Cruz Sex Scaldal" to checking into the back-ground of Heidi Cruz and her cozy role with Goldman Sachs and nude photos of Melinia Trump. If you didn't know better this would sound like a political race in Europe where such things are common and often don't play out to the shock of the voters. At least the Republicans are so busy pointing fingers at their own families they have, sort of, left the Democrats alone. But, don't expect that to continue. After all...family, it seems, has always been a talking point of the GOP. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Getting Harder to Pay the Rent
I realize that you don't much care about this issue. But, you should. The number of US households spending more than 50% of their income on rent could increase to 15 million by 2015 yet the only presidential candidate who has addressed this issue is...yep, Sen. Bernie Sanders. It's something he has been passionate about since his days as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. So why is spending more than 50% of income on rent so bad? Because then these families have less to spend on other stuff. Know how the economy grows? By having more people having the ability to buy more stuff. The Republicans won't tell you that, mostly because they are short sighted and fail at being (wait for it) progressives.
In Case You Missed It
Yesterday Sen. Bernie Sanders won the primary in Washington State 72.7% to 21.7% for Sec. Clinton. Sen. Sanders won Hawaii 69.8% to 30% for Sec. Clinton and in Alaska Sen. Sanders won that state by 81.6% to 18.4% for Sec. Clinton. If you remember Sen. Sanders said just a week ago that he was not getting out of the race and expected to do well in the western states. This season gets more interesting by the day and the progressive message the Sanders Campaign continues, it would seem, to resonate with every-day people. Stay tuned.
If you are sick and poor and from Iowa your medical options just took a hit. Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) and his reckless, authoritarian move to privatize Medicaid in Iowa has resulted in The Mayo Clinic saying "Nyet!" to serving the 560,000+ Iowans. One of the worlds most progressive medical centers is off limits to poor Iowans...and it sits just minutes north of our border. So, why would the Mayo Clinic say no to the for-profit, managed care program in Iowa? Because they do not trust the system. The Mayo Clinic and other hospitals in surrounding states have a long, positive history with the state-run Medicaid program. Not so much with the self-serving for profit groups.
Then There is Connecticut
The government there made the decision in the 1990's to switch to for-profit managed care with the same misguided information provided by the managed care companies. "This will be a windfall for savings of tax money." But...not so fast. There were problems with patients, reimbursement and a 2009 audit there showed the state was overpaying these companies by $50 million. In 2012 Connecticut kicked out the for-profit managed care system and reverted back to the state run program. What happened? The cost per patient dropped, the number of doctors accepting the program increased and administrative costs went from 12% to 5%.
If this were a single case it might be different but the same issue has cropped up in state after state. But, hey...those are just the facts and we must not confuse Gov. Branstad with that nonsense. Meanwhile the governors approval rating continues to slip...but heck...you will forget all about that during the next election cycle.
Just a sincere thank you to the Christians I know who no longer wish to kill the Jews because of the story of Jews killing Jesus. It's been refreshing and in many churches that reference has been deleted. Seems church elders have seen it's no longer useful to drag up that old, false, story that was so useful back in the days of Rome. However, could you work a little bit on your replacement theology practice and desire to convert Jews? That would be most progressive as well and, this may come as a shock, we...don't need to. We really should talk at some point.
Police Departments across the United States have come under intense scrutiny following the many deaths of citizens by officers who are sworn to "protect and defend". It is right, and just, to question authority especially in light of what we have been witness to. We, as citizens, really don't have a clear picture of what it's like to be a police officer and the danger that comes with the job. (KCCI-Screen Shot)
On Saturday morning we got a glimpse. Two young officers of the Des Moines Police Department were killed, along with a prisoner they were transporting and a person who was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 80. The head-on collision was, in the words of officers, on the scene, "The worst we have ever witnessed.". Truly a tragedy for so many families on a day that, for many, symbolizes love and peace. For the story to this point, here is the article from the Des Moines Register. It is so very sad.
Thank you for reading and, should you be celebrating, have a blessed Easter.