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The posts in play...

Correctly Political: Wealth Care, a Historical Note
life and death sentences
None dare call it justice
From the department of nonapologies
The Public Option’s Problems
Why Bailouts Suck…the NYC Real Estate Edition…
This seems like it should be a bigger deal
DeLong Care
The Singapore Model & DeLong Care

The comments...

AvatarChris Dierkes
+ man that was a fantastic post. I have this very strange love/hate thing with David Frum. I think his domestic policy is really [. . .]
+ E.D.: Besides, it’s always good to see areas where libs and cons can at least ostensibly agree. Funny. TPM has an item up right now [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Jaybird

Well I'm not gonna defend any of that. It's horrible and has to stop.

+ Well, I think it's important to distinguish between life sentences with the possibility of parole and life without parole. I'm not opposed to awarding prisoners [. . .]
+ Mark: Thanks! One thing I hoped to stress is how ancient some of these issues are. To get a flavor, here's TR's Secretary of Commerce's report that [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to North
+ On what grounds? Your say so? Please elaborate then, why you think that murderers try so hard not to be caught if prison is not [. . .]

Wow, the comments section is brutal.

+ I'd be really interested to see what the numbers are on people who get convicted for "life" actually dying in prison. I'd be willing to [. . .]
+ Agreed. Top notch post, with lots of very good information. Besides, it's always good to see areas where libs and cons can at [. . .]
+ Mark, I'm not afraid to say that a good Public Option would likely kill the insurance industry. This is supposed to an experiment to see if [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to North
+ Well assuming that we provide sustenance to them while they’re locked up in their house how much different is that from what we’ve got. I presume [. . .]
+ I can't believe there's no comments on this yet. This is a really informative piece with lots of stuff I hadn't been aware of [. . .]
AvatarRyan in reply to Trumwill
+ "Being in prison is not better than being dead. Prisoners don’t fight tooth and nail to avoid the gurney because they don’t see an appreciable [. . .]
+ "The question shouldn’t be whether or not the public option can fairly compete with for-profit insurance. It should be whether or not it can deliver [. . .]
+ I wanted to sound off in support of North's comments. As an opponent of the death penalty, I view a real LWOPP as an essential [. . .]
AvatarWill in reply to scarn
+ I believe it's standard operating procedure to convene a review panel for terminally ill patients sentenced to life in prison. They don't always recommend release, [. . .]
+ Is it common practice in Scotland or the UK to release prisoners who are terminally ill? Was this a one-off thing or is this normal [. . .]
+ First off, the SNP is one of the more vile political parties in Europe. This is the outfit that put party donation envelopes in funeral [. . .]
+ The decision to free al-Megrahi is appalling, and the response to his arrival in Libya stomach-turning. I am in complete agreement with Freddie. The man [. . .]
AvatarRyan in reply to North

It sounds a little like the Laffer Curve: cute theory, nice story, almost completely false.

+ Like Jaybird said, we have to see the trade of a bailout to get rid of Rent Control, I also don't like the idea [. . .]
+ greginak, you may not be aware of this but short of constitutional amendment the federal government has no way of removing the power to regulate [. . .]
+ The question shouldn't be whether or not the public option can fairly compete with for-profit insurance. It should be whether or not it can deliver [. . .]
+ Can we now refer to these Bush administration folks as domestic terrorists in their own right, or at least scum? Btw, Greenwald dug up this USA [. . .]
Avatargreginak in reply to Mark Thompson
+ Well the individually run state Medicaid programs create all sorts of problems. My GF does some case management for private company Alaska hires to do [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Jaybird
+ Correct me if I'm wrong Jay old boy, but aren't we chock-a-block with free riders in our current system via the emergency rooms and our [. . .]
+ I should add this question: Or is the federal government going to administer what is effectively 50 different public options, in which case it will lose [. . .]
+ Maybe I'm misinterpreting Dave, but my impression is that this isn't so much an argument for federalism as it is a practical concern about the [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to greginak

Shockingly, the assorted free rider problems are the problems I have with universal health care.

+ I’ll readily admit the continuing discussion and a lot of what I view as colossal stupidity is driving me crazier then my baseline crazy. So [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Jaybird
+ Well assuming that we provide sustenance to them while they're locked up in their house how much different is that from what we've got. And [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to North
+ Well obviously I can't cite the murders that went uncommitted for fear of punishment since of course they didn't occur. I'll offer my own humble [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to North
+ I have no idea. House arrest, maybe? I have no idea what the right answer is. I can't help but think that, even if there is [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Creon Critic
+ Very eloquent and poetic. I like it. Especially the last line. And I think the last line is the most important: I'm unaware of anyone [. . .]
AvatarRyan in reply to North
+ That prison has a deterrent effect, especially for the most severe violent crimes. I'm willing to believe it does - I think Steve Levitt [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to North

Which assertion do you want evidence for?

AvatarNorth in reply to Jaybird
+ I really enjoyed your article on this subject a while back Jay. But as you noted in it, we're plumb out of Austrailia's to banish [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Alex Knapp
+ Alex, I'm fascinated, what time are you referring to? Or do you mean now? After all they used to hang them or electrocute them. Before [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Ryan
+ It seems to me there is a significant and very important deterrent factor in imprisonment and it is because of that deterrent factor that premeditated [. . .]
+ Although I agree with Creon Critic that I'd rather live in a society that "errs on the side of compassion," I don't think compassion is [. . .]
AvatarJaybird in reply to Alex Knapp
+ From what I understand, the guy was greeted with cheers when he arrived. I think it's safe to say that whatever the intention was of the [. . .]
+ Oh, and I’d add one more caveat – lets stop protecting Big Pharma. No way we can ever control costs while we let protectionist [. . .]
+ Once upon a time, one of Western Civilzation's virtues was the public display of mercy towards criminals. I suppose now we're too "civilized" for [. . .]
+ Well, that's largely because at least 35% of our Congress is completely uninterested in reform and another 10-20% is completely uninterested in doing anything that [. . .]
+ There are a number of systems that may be better than the status quo. I think that the one thing that they all have in common [. . .]