Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You can't say that in politics

From Richard Fernandez - a laundry list of politically unspeakable truths by Robert Reich.
  •  A solution in Iraq is going to be tough.
  •  Treating more sick people will mean younger people will pay more.
  •  It’s too expensive to treat older people at the end of their life “so we’re going to let you die”.
  •  If we use government to control costs there will be “less innovation” in medical technology and you should not expect to live much longer than your parents.
  •  Global warming can only be tackled by a carbon tax which is going to cost you a lot of money.
  •  We’re going to have to pay teachers more for quality education — costing you more — but we have to be willing to fire the turkeys despite the unions.
  •  Anyone who does an unskilled, repetitive job will lose it in the near future to outsourcing or automation. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
  •  A minimum wage doesn’t help as much as an earned income tax credit.
  •  Helping people at the bottom earn more is going to cost higher income people more money.
  •  Medicare will bankrupt the nation unless something is done and will impoverish the youth.
  •  The best way to ameliorate global poverty is to do away with farm subsidies.

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