House Republicans propose a budget, and boy is it a stinker: it would turn Medicare into a voucher program, again, would turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grant programs that states could spend on things other than Medicaid and food stamps, again, and would repeal the Affordable Care Act, again. And as for "balancing the budget in 10 years," you could do it this year if you brought back the 91% tax bracket on millionaire income. You're tempted to say, why do they never learn? -- until you remember that they never learn because weakling Democrats try to work with these monsters, instead of shame them, as civilized people would do.
Robert Reich, in "The iEverything and the Redistributional Imperative," apparently sees modern technology as a job-killing Leviathan. But the corporations who say they're serving 450 million customers with just 50 employees probably aren't saying how many "consultants" and "independent contractors" they use, nor do they tell you how many other corporations they depend on. Also, "advanced sensors, voice recognition, artificial intelligence, big data," et al need service technicians, even if their arrogant paymasters don't think so. I rue the upward redistribution of income as much as anyone, but I think he overstates the role of technology in that trend.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he'd repeal the Affordable Care Act and "really" reform health care by doing what he did with Medicaid in Florida -- but Bloomberg reminds us that he really, really bollocksed that up, to the point where the state has largely scrapped his "reforms." "Too many plans, too much administration and plenty of patient confusion, along with too little spending," says one pediatric cardiologist, and boy does most of that sound conservative. Well, nobody could have predicted that giving health insurance corporations so much power could possibly lead to those insurers hardly wanting to cover anything! And "letting the consumer decide," when the consumer can't predict the future, also turned out not so great.
On the eve of a tough re-election fight, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares his opposition to a Palestinian state -- which is, believe it or not, a reversal for Mr. Netanyahu. He has, it seems, learned from Messrs. Ahmedinejad, Bush the Lesser, and Berlusconi that when you're in trouble, you double down on your mistakes -- voters still respect the air of decisiveness, especially when your opponents are unimpressive. Haaretz's exit polling showed Mr. Netanyahu's party with a very narrow lead over Mr. Herzog's as of 9 PM EST last night -- though, with 11 parties standing to win seats, he'll need to create a coalition.
Finally, new Republican foreign policy architect Sen. Tom Cotton, a U.S. Senator for all of two months now, informs Face the Nation viewers that "we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance" because "(t)hey already control Teheran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana’a as well." It is true that Iran controls Teheran, and has for a long time now, in much the same manner as the United States controls Washington, D.C. And why does Little Tommy think Iran has such "regional dominance"? Could it be because his Personal Lord and Savior George W. Bush invaded Iran's main regional rival on ridiculous pretexts? The stupid, it burns.
UPDATE. And Benjamin Netanyahu wins a more decisive victory in the Israeli elections than exit polls had suggested, with his path to forming a new government clearer than expected. It proves the point I'd made, but sigh.