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

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, [. . .]
Avatarscarn
+ 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.

Avatargreginak
+ 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 [. . .]
Avatargreg
+ 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 [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ 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 [. . .]
AvatarRyan
+ 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 [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ 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 [. . .]