Tommy Thompson on the Health Care Bailout
Question: Can we afford to rescue the health care system after bailing out Wall Street?
Tommy Thompson: You can’t, you can’t do it all. I mean, I mean, let’s face it. We’re a debtor nation and the Chinese government owns trillions of dollars of our debt and they have about probably trillion dollars of our cash, and Saudi Arabia was, you know, when the oil prices were as high as they were this past summer, you know, it was just a complete drain of dollars and resources from America. And, what we have to do is we have to get back and start, you know, looking at America. We got an infrastructure that is, that is collapsing around us, we got military equipment that is collapsing because it’s been overseas for so long and fight in two wars and we’ve got a healthcare system which every single American, I think, not every single American but a good share of America, you know depends upon. And I think it’s worth saving, and we’ve got to start addressing it in 2009 or [else] it’s going to, if every year we don’t address it, it exacerbates itself and gets worse.
Recorded On: 10/30/08
We can’t manage it right now, Tommy Thompson says.
Political activism may get people invested in politics, and affect urgently needed change, but it comes at the expense of tolerance and healthy democratic norms.
- Polarization and extreme partisanships have been on the rise in the United States.
- Political psychologist Diana Mutz argues that we need more deliberation, not political activism, to keep our democracy robust.
- Despite increased polarization, Americans still have more in common than we appear to.
So much for rest in peace.
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- Researchers used photography capture technology in 30 minute intervals everyday to capture the movement.
- This study could help better identify time of death.
The choice of flavor may be up to you, but the number of scoops will depend on your friends.
Imagine you're dining out at a casual restaurant with some friends. After looking over the menu, you decide to order the steak. But then, after a dinner companion orders a salad for their main course, you declare: “I'll have the salad too."