I know it's alternet, but here's an interesting article (somewhat liberally biased): http://www.alternet.org/does-irrationality-doom-america I'm mostly interested in stealing stuff from this quote:
If markets actually worked in practice the way that they do in the simplest of textbook examples, GOP plans to radically slash government spending might not be so problematic. But realworld markets not only go into crippling crises, like the Great Depression or its still-enduring younger brother, they also fail to meet important human needs. Indeed, as conservative German economist Adolph Wagner noted in the late 19th century, the wealthier a nation becomes, the more it turns to non-market governmnet spending to meet needs that markets simply fail to meet. This observation was made well before the widespread rise of mass democratic government in the 20th century which underlay the rise of the modern welfare throuhgout the Western world. Thus, the practice of state spending to enhance the general welfare has deep historical and empirical foundations, and the sort of endless cutting that GOP now demands is nothing short of a suicidal policy for any would-be modern nation-state. The US already spends far less in the way of government social spending than most other advanced industrial nations - 16 percent of GDP compared to 20 percent for Norway, Britain and the Netherlands, 25 percent for Germany and Finland, 26 percent for Austria, Belgium and Denmark, 27 percent for Sweden and 28 percent for France, according to the OECD - and GOP plans would slash current spending significantly below where we are today.
The wife gets back in town tomorrow. Woo. And school starts again on Monday. Ugh.
And here's an article from The Economist about how poorly veterans are getting served by the VA: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21573984-government-failing-keep-faith-ex-soldiers-waiting-wounded Not mentioned in this article, but I believe it was discussed on NPR, is the problem of the large number of veterans getting out with a less-than-honorable discharge. They are ineligible for benefits. But often the circumstances for their discharge were related to mental problems accrued during their service. eg somebody has PTSD, starts drinking because of that, they're in the states but still in the military, maybe they start beating their wife or maybe they get a DUI and as a result they get discharged. And now they can't get help for their condition when they're the sort most in need of help.
Bust a deal, face the wheel.
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