Massachusetts discovers economics

Apparently the Law of Supply and Demand still comes as a bit of a shock to some. What, you mean you can’t subsidize the cost of health care without increasing the demand for it?

Now in Massachusetts, in an unintended consequence of universal coverage, the imbalance is being exacerbated by the state’s new law requiring residents to have health insurance.

Naturally, the economically clueless idiots behind this demand-side problem are seeking to compound it by subsidizing the supply-side. All that needs to be done is eliminate Medicare and the AMA and let the market and the individual sort it out for themselves. Yes, some stupid and unfortunate people will suffer from a lack of health care as a result, but far fewer than are now suffering from it. There is no problem with the free market that government solutions cannot exacerbate.

And you can always count on the liberal fascists to want to throw force into the equation: “Since the government is taking over the health care, doctors should not be “encouraged” to join primary-care. They should be required. If doctors refuse, they should be arrested and locked up.

Breaking the army

The Bush administration is simply not pro-soldier. I don’t think they give a damn about the troops at all, except as another tool to be used and cast aside:

Among the 513,000 active-duty soldiers who have served in Iraq since the invasion of 2003, more than 197,000 have deployed more than once, and more than 53,000 have deployed three or more times, according to a separate set of statistics provided this week by Army personnel officers. The percentage of troops sent back to Iraq for repeat deployments would have to increase in the months ahead.

More than ten percent have deployed three or more times already! That’s completely crazy, especially when we’re not at war, and when there is no prospect of an end in sight. Even if you are foolish enough to think that trying to build a stable Iraqi democracy is the most urgent priority for U.S. national security, you have to understand that bringing a soldier home and sending him back to a war zone again and again is going to significantly harm his morale. Some men and their families can handle it, but an awful lot simply won’t be able to do so.

Fewer, longer tours would probably take far less of a toll while increasing effectiveness in the field.

Moses enters the Promised Land

A real man exits the stage:

“I have lived such a wonderful life! I’ve lived enough for two people.”

I hate white people

At least, that’s the case based on the results of what apparently is supposed to pass for a test of one’s subconscious racial attitude:

Average reaction time:

Black Armed:809.16ms
Black Unarmed:1037.48ms
White Armed:699.8ms
White Unarmed:782.28ms

Actually, like most of these sociological “studies”, it’s a silly test. I don’t think this measures anything but the ease with which one can detect the object in the “gunman’s” hands. The mostly black guns, wallets and cellphones are harder to distinguish in the black men’s hands, and therefore require more time to analyze the shape.