North Carolina will vote to opt out of “Obamacare” tomorrow — let Governor McCrory know you’re opposed

Do you want to live in a state where the working poor have health insurance? Tomorrow, the North Carolina General Assembly will be voting on Senate Bill 4, which would prevent the state of North Carolina from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid.  As a part of “Obamacare,” the federal government is offering states  $9Continue reading “North Carolina will vote to opt out of “Obamacare” tomorrow — let Governor McCrory know you’re opposed”

Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

Dear friends, The difference between Democrats and Republicans is sometimes phrased as a difference between two core values: equality and liberty.  They tell us that Republicans want lower taxes, because “lower taxes” and a “small government?” make people “more free,” while Democrats “want” higher taxes to “equal things out.” The events of the last fewContinue reading “Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems”

How big of a check would I have to write for you to pay $5,130 more in taxes? A healthcare picture book (kind of)

The economically rational answer to the question: “How big of a check would I have to write for you to be willing to pay $5,130 more in taxes?” should be simple–$5,130. The fact that huge numbers of Americans wouldn’t answer that way gets at the heart of the biggest obstacle to cutting healthcare costs inContinue reading “How big of a check would I have to write for you to pay $5,130 more in taxes? A healthcare picture book (kind of)”

Let’s not pretend that everyone is suffering equally

Unless you’re a bankruptcy lawyer, a repoman, or you had a large amount of money bundled up in credit default swaps, you have probably been hurt by the recession, but it’s time for us to stop pretending that everyone has been hurt equally. Instead up stepping up and asking how we can share in sacrifices,Continue reading “Let’s not pretend that everyone is suffering equally”