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Woozle blog posts: 2011
- 2011-09-04 0913 The US Chamber of Growth (a metaphorical tale) : Remember when used to sit back and admire our lovely hardwood forests -- and then the wisteria salesman talked us into leveraging our assets with accelerated growth through diversification?
- 2011-05-30 0908 Braindead Facebook comment of the day : I can see this comment, but FB won't let me reply to it directly -- it was made visible to me when a friend (FB and RL) made her own comment on the link which started the conversation. I couldn't let it go unanswered.
- 2011-04-28 2130 how to fix the economy : I've been saying this for a little while now, and I just saw a documentary which put some numbers to it. Here's the story:
- 2011-01-18 2123 Obamacare myth #5: Obamacare was forced on America; Americans didn't want it : Apparently many people believe that this reform -- for which many of us campaigned, blogged, or postered -- was forced on us by a government indifferent to our pleas for mercy. Or maybe a small cabal of us forced it on the rest of the country through our insidious back-channel connections to Barack Obama's secret squadron of black-ops mind-control goons.
- 2011-01-15 1138 Obamacare myth #4: Repealing it will save money and help the deficit : This is the mirror of Myth #1, but it's worth examining in its own right because Republicans are seriously arguing that this is necessary to help reverse the deficit -- and people are believing them.
- 2011-01-14 2140 Obamacare myth #3: If you don't buy insurance, you pay a huge penalty. : The worry here seems to be that The Government is going to take more money from people, one way (insurance) or the other (penalty for non-insurance) -- another form of taxation, increasing the size of the government and its confiscatory power. It's also "government interference in people's personal lives".
- 2011-01-14 0507 Obamacare myth #2: It forces individuals to buy insurance they can't afford. : Much is made of the health insurance "individual mandate", and how this forces people -- many of whom are out of work and in financially stressful situations -- to buy health insurance, even if they don't need it.
- 2011-01-13 1110 Obamacare myth #1: It's a luxury we can't afford. : The argument seems to be that when the economy is tough, we should spend less money. Therefore Obamacare -- which must be expensive, right? -- is something we can't afford right now. This argument is based on several bits of misinformation and misperception, the most obvious of which is that Obamacare is expensive and will increase the deficit.