if you didn't guess, I saw District 9 this weekend and absolutely
But there were a few things I didn't love, and here they
are in no particular order.
The budget deficit is HUGE, but what's the cause? The Right
is vehemently trying to dump the blame on Mr. Obama's shoulders
but David Leonhardt has a nice article breaking
down the sources of the growth
deficit. We'll start with a nice, tasty pie
What do we learn from this:
• The first category — the business cycle — accounts
for 37 percent of the $2 trillion swing.
Second, Bush-era legislation, like his tax cuts and
the Medicare prescription drug benefit, [that] not only continue
to cost the government but have also increased interest payments
on the national debt.
Third, Obama’s main contribution to the deficit
is his extension of several Bush policies, like the Iraq
war and tax cuts for households making less than $250,000
[...] 20 percent of the swing.
Fourth, about 7 percent comes from the stimulus bill
that Mr. Obama signed in February.
Fifth, only 3 percent comes from Mr. Obama’s
agenda on health care, education, energy and other areas.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is waging a campaign against
health care reform. His opinion, in a column written for
the Wall Street Journal, is that if you eat his over-priced
food, you'll be fine.
Oh, and lay off the insurance companies. Their 500% increase
in profits over the past six years is juuuuust fine.
There is a Whole Foods store in my area but I'll be shopping
elsewhere for my tofurkey this year.
And finally, Comcast is dumping MSNBC from its basic cable
package. If you like Olbermann and Maddow you're going to
have to pony up an additional $200 a year.
You can find all the details of this story here, along with
the contact infoof those resposible at Comcast.