This week, the one-year anniversary of the much-misunderstood stimulus bill, health care, Who are the tea party folk, and how the British political system works.
- A recent poll shows, amazingly, that over 40% of the public thinks last year’s $700B stimulus bill either did no good at all or actually made the economy worse! This shows how vulnerable people are to endlessly-repeated conservative talking points on issues the public is particularly ignorant about.
- But, the stimulus worked: It saved millions of jobs, helped millions keep their health insurance, and kept the U.S. economy from getting even worse . It is beyond dispute. This chart makes it pretty clear (click on the image to enlarge):
And, Republican lawmakers know it worked: at last count, 111 of the 178 members of the House Republican caucus — more than half of the entire caucus — have either taken credit for stimulus-financed projects and/or requested stimulus money to help boost the economy in their area. This hypocracy has been dubbed “trash and cash.”
- FYI, What was actually in the stimulus? See here.
- The HC system is collapsing under its own weight, so doing nothing in the way of reform is not an option. Also, the recession is forcing major insurers all over the country to hike rates dramatically, and the only solution is universal coverage (see article).
- A final, plain English smackdown of the whole deregulate-state-insurance-markets-is-the-answer idea.
- Who are the Tea Partyers? A survey of them.
- A great description of how the U.K.’s political system works.