jtaylor's picture
Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 2:58pm

Forget the 8-ball, health care is behind the glacier in terms of top issues the public is sweating as elections near. One opinion poll lists it floe-ing behind the economy, the war and the price of gas.

Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg told the Washington Post: "For a lot of people who have health insurance, they are paying more for health care, but it may not show up as concretely as paying $70 to fill their gas tank."

Yeah, imagine if Chevron hoisted a sign, "Monthly premium for couple, $225," and the Citgo 'cross the way had, "Family of four, $200, high deduct"?

jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 12:09pm

It's the latest in the "blame, don't blame" game of health-care, finger-pointing -- with at least one worthwhile takeaway. The Public Policy Institute of California has a new report, "Emergency Department Care in California; Who Uses It and Why?"

wholderman's picture
Monday, August 18, 2008 - 5:22pm

Folks were asking me this morning what I did over the weekend...well, I purged! I got in one of those moods where I wanted to clean the place up, and watch out, when I put my mind to it, if you're sitting in the wrong place, I may load you up for Goodwill...

jtaylor's picture
Monday, August 18, 2008 - 10:33am

The California budget that wasn't born on July 1, or Aug. 1, may also be overdue -- absent serious hard labor -- come Sept. 1. (BTW, a quick check shows that, since 1992, the latest date a state budget was enacted was Sept. 5, 2002.)

Consider the possible scenarios playing out:

  • Democrats leaning heavily on tax hikes to offset a $15 billion deficit (what kind, who pays -- at issue). Republicans bent on a spending cap (how much, whose ox will be gored in the foreseeable future -- at issue).

wholderman's picture
Friday, August 15, 2008 - 11:18am

I read a story about a woman who was sued by her neighbor because the "flushing of her toilet, running up and down the stairs, banging doors shut, and other household noises including ironing (what?!?)" were such a nuisance that eviction was being threatened. Talk about thin walls...the apartment resident did confess to double-flushing after each toilet use! And the sound of ironing clothes?-whoa!, she must have used too much starch! Yikes!