Already tired of our "liberal" media calling Medicare-for-All "government-run healthcare"? Well, we've got a response when they say that: "we are the government." They're trying to make you think of spineless bureaucrats making big health care decisions -- you know, like spineless bureaucrats at private health insurance corporations do right now! -- but we need to keep practicing thinking of ourselves when we think of our government. And anyway, that silly polling about folks preferring to keep their private health insurance? Turns out that support collapses when you tell folks they can keep their doctors and hospitals under Medicare-for-All, which is true, since the Medicare-for-All bill would mandate that doctors and hospitals accept Medicare.
Dean Baker at TruthOut says we should "Replace Patent Monopolies With Direct Public Funding for Drug Research." You know, versus the system we have now, where the public funds a significant amount of drug research (some $40 billion annually!) but asserts no power over the results, which is just about a perfect way of socializing the cost while privatizing the profits. And patents bloat these profits, of course, because when you can't get a drug from more than one manufacturer, what are you gonna do about it? Big pharma says they need the patent monopolies because they do a lot of drug research that goes nowhere, but if they're spending $70 billion and we're spending $40 billion, well, let's just say our government could probably get the whole job done for less than $110 billion. And then we-the-people could keep the patents.
Been thinking lately (or for decades!) that maybe the punditry is behind the American people a bit? Jonathan Chait will prove that point for you with all his pearl-clutching about "unpopular stances" Democratic Presidential candidates supposedly take. Not "unpopular stances" like supporting Medicare-for-All, of course, but the "unpopular stance" of "replac(ing) all employer-provided private insurance with a government plan," see how long it took to get all that out? I wonder when I'll ever hear punditoids talk about Republicans taking "unpopular" stances, though they do that all the time. (No, they didn't criticize our President for taking "unpopular" stances during his campaign, but for being generally uncouth.)
FAIR describes "liberal" media efforts to sell "Mayor Pete" Buttigieg as the guy who can unite the big donors and the small donors. The New York Times, naturally, resorts to very fuzzy numbers to make this point, and though you don't need to do differential calculus to expose their flimsy argument, you can also think of Mr. Buttigieg as the Jon Ossoff of 2020. And Mr. Ossoff not only lost that 2017 special election during which he raised all that money, he proved that the district could be won by a different Democrat, since a different Democrat -- someone who actually gave a voters a compelling reason to turn out to vote, since "but I can win" clearly ain't cutting it anymore -- won that district just this past November.
Ho hum, those "aggression-detecting" microphones some schools are using, purportedly to head off the next school shooting, are doing a very bad job, since a girl with a bad cough can set them off (and a girl screaming at the top of her lungs for a drama class apparently can't). Get a cold, become a "misfit" targeted by overzealous school administrators! I hate to sound old-fashioned, but maybe, you know, we should get our heads out of our cellphones and pay more attention to each other, rather than letting "technology" do it for us? And as for heading off the next school shooting, we should a) make it just as hard to get semi-automatic weapons as it is to get automatic weapons and b) stop giving school shooters so damn much media attention.
Finally, Gallup finds a mere 45% of Americans are "extremely proud" of being American, the lowest number ever recorded, and though that number's been falling at least since George W. Bush won a second term, the poll theorizes that it won't go back up until our current President's out of office, whenever that is. Well, as a member of the "extremely proud" camp, I'll happily tell you that our President has nothing to do with my love of my country -- and that's how the Founders wanted it! We invest our love and our patriotism in each other, not in some diaper-loaded brat who got 46% of the vote, struts around like he got 66%, and whines like he got 26%.