It wasn’t always this way. Whites once supported government spending, especially when we thought people like us would be the beneficiaries. Those who protest government health care didn’t object, for instance, when government-backed FHA loans helped 15 million white families afford housing from the 1940s to the 1960s, while blacks were essentially excluded. Indeed, by the early ’60s, nearly half of all mortgages received by white families were being written under this blatantly preferential government initiative. And whites didn’t mind when the government passed the Homestead Act in 1862, resulting in the distribution of over 240 million acres of essentially free land to white families.
(I knew we had a card)
Americans pay more for medical care than any other country and have one of the highest levels of income per capita of any country in the world. Despite its immense wealth and healthcare spending, the United States ranks 50th in life expectancy, worse than Jordan, South Korea, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a Commonwealth Fund report, the U.S. ranks last among 19 countries according to the criteria of “Mortality amenable to medical care.” Read more…
I’m getting the biggest kick out of these nicknames… certainly they are several steps above “liar”
Obama knows that only a handful of Republicans will support him in this effort. But he pointed out — and adopted — good GOP ideas, such as medical malpractice reform and Sen. John McCain’s idea of setting up high-risk insurance pools for the uninsured. Was that for show? Partly, sure.
But this coup de grace wasn’t: “My door is always open” to new ideas, the president said. “But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. … And I will not accept the status quo as a solution.”
Mr. Change is back in town.
and other great advice…
By JULIE PACE
Associated Press Writer
President Barack Obama went forward with a controversial speech to students nationwide Tuesday, preceding it by advising young people at a suburban Virginia school to “be careful what you post on Facebook.” “Whatever you do,” he told them, “it will be pulled up later in your life.”