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February 1, 2006
Last night Amy Sullivan said something interesting. I suppose I've heard version of it before but never quite as succintly. Roughly paraphrasing, she said that Republicans speak to their base in code and then yell loudly to more moderate voters, while Democrats tend to to do the opposite.
I wasn't sure how true much this was or if true what it meant, but I've been mulling it over since. I certainly don't see a lot of yelling loudly to the base by most Democrats, though it's probably true that the few Democrats who do "pander" to the base do so loudly and proudly. It's also the case that many in the media equate anything expressed by Democrats in a passionate and strident way as pandering to the base. Democrats internalize this and think that what moderates/independents is bland moderation, which I don't really think is true.
Anyway, random thoughts, open for discussion.
Of course, this is rather unsurpring given that barely remarked upon action by Abu Gonzales:
Scrub scrub scrub...
Drum outlines the basic HSA proposal that the preznit didn't even bother talking about last night. Check out #5. Now that's comedy!
And, contra drum, these don't actually sound like appealing ideas. 4 seconds in any hospital and you've blown through your deductible. The fact that your deductible is deductible doesn't actually save you that much money. That fact that your out of pocket expenses are deductible doesn't actually save you that much money. Making things deductible only saves you whatever your marginal tax rate is. So, what, 15% discount? 20% discount? Big whoop!
I have no idea why the idea that you get to save money tax free so that you can spend it when you get sick is appealing. I have no idea why going to see medical personnel without the bargaining power of your insurance company behind you is appealing.
January 30, 2006
The Center for American Progress Action Fund/Think Progress is hosting a little SOTU party in conjunction with the Majority Report tomorrow night. Sam Seder will be broadcasting basically as normal from 7-8. From 8-9 there will be a panel discussion video webcast at Think Progress/broadcast on Air America, and from 9-10 during the speech Sam Seder and I and whoever else might be around will be MST3King the speech, without robot helpers.
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