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Thoughts on Wisconsin
 Ari Fleischer was on CNN yesterday complaining about the "sweetheart" deal that public sector workers union workers get, having only to pay a fraction of what people in the private sector have to pay for such things as health care and retirement, and Don Lemon to his credit mentioned that public sector workers generally get paid a lower salary than their privately employed peers; but alas he misses the point. In fact I don't think I see anyone making the point that perhaps it's not the fault of the union worker that they actually get good benefits, perhaps it's the fault of those of us in private employ that we don't demand similar benefits. Could most large corporations stand to lose a few points in profit margin in order to provide for the general well being of their community and employees? I think so. In the absence of a national health care system, isn't that the way it should work?

Texas as conservative model

Texas Is "On the Brink," Legislative Study Group Says

  • by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune

  • Texas' superlatives are nothing to brag about, according to the fifth edition of "Texas on the Brink," an annual review that ranks the state on dozens of factors ranging from health insurance to voter turnout.

    Despite having the highest birth rate, Texas has the worst rate of women with health insurance, and the worst rate of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester, according to the report commissioned by the Legislative Study Group, a liberal-leaning research caucus in the Texas House. While Texas has the second-highest public school enrollment, the state ranks last in the percentage of people 25 and older with a high school diploma. And though Texas has the highest percent of its population without health insurance, the state is 49th in per capita spending on Medicaid, and dead last in per capita spending on mental health, according to the report.

    Here's a look at how Texas compares to other states:

    At the bottom:

    — Tax expenditures per capita (47th)

    — Percent of population 25 and older with a high school diploma (50th)

    — Percent of poor people covered by Medicaid (49th)

    — Percent of population with employer-based health insurance (48th)

    — Per capita spending on mental health (50th)

    — Per capita spending on Medicaid (49th)

    — Percent of non-elderly women with health insurance (50th)

    — Percent of women receiving prenatal care in first trimester (50th)

    — Average credit score (49th)

    — Workers' compensation coverage (50th)

    Near the top:

    — Number of executions (1st)

    — Public school enrollment (2nd)

    — Percent of uninsured children (1st)

    — Percent of children living in poverty (4th)

    — Percent of population uninsured (1st)

    — Percent of population living below poverty (4th)

    — Percent of population with food insecurity (2nd)

    — Overall birth rate (2nd)

    — Amount of carbon dioxide emissions (1st)

    — Amount of toxic chemicals released into water (1st)

    — Amount of hazardous waste generated (1st)

    This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://trib.it/gWQXQz.

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    FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science | Media Matters for America
    From: Sammon, Bill 
    To: 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 036 -FOX.WHU; 054 -FNSunday; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers; 069 -Politics; 005 -Washington 
    Cc: Clemente, Michael; Stack, John; Wallace, Jay; Smith, Sean 
    Sent: Tue Dec 08 12:49:51 2009
    Subject: Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data... 

    ...we should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question. It is not our place as journalists to assert such notions as facts, especially as this debate intensifies.
    FOXLEAKS: Fox boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science | Media Matters for America

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