Saturday, September 25, 2010
Remember, unlike 1994, Republicans could not afford to defend the health care status quo in 2010. The public demanded health care reform, and Republicans took the position that they favored some superior alternative proposal that would do all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff. Actually formulating a plan that satisfies those requirements is impossible. [bold added]Unless such a plan is opposed on a moral level, the playing field of this debate will be tilted by the assumption that such "bad stuff" is a necessary, but unavoidable side-effect of the "treatment."
Bleeding with leeches, once a common medical treatment, can have the "side-effect" of causing the patient to pass out, but that doesn't make the fainting a necessary evil, either. Chait's moral premises are about as up-to-date and sound as bloodletting.
"[W]hile you may have received financial rewards, satisfaction, and the respect of your peers, the one thing you haven't gotten for your achievement is moral credit." -- Don Watkins and Yaron Brook in "The Guilt Pledge," at Forbes.com
"An official policy of redistribution to autoworkers, bankers and 'struggling homeowners' reinforces the administration's faulty fixed-pie belief that there's a limited amount of wealth for the government to allocate in the 'right' way." -- Jonathan Hoenig in "There's Nothing Good About the 'Common Good'," at SmartMoney (HT: Amit Ghate)
From the Vault
Today in 2006, I played, "complete the thought." I still both chuckle and kick myself over answer 5 -- and I now own the album I mentioned in answer 23.
The Flip Side of "Get Rich Quick"
The Software Nerd warns against the "stoicism" of what I see as a modern variant of asceticism.
Many are rightly wary of "effortless-success" schemes, but it's also important to be wary of "high-effort success" schemes. Through experience, [people] often develop a heuristic that puts an extra sheen of value around high-effort schemes, even while they might reject them for their "cost".Very interesting.
A Fairy Tale
I haven't posted a good email forward from my Mom in quite a while...
I met a fairy today who said she would grant me one wish.Who needs the Brothers Grimm?
"I want to live forever," I said.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"
"Fine," I said. "I want to die after the Democrats get their heads out of their asses!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.