As I reported here, in 2003 New York State was charged $7,912 per Medicaid beneficiary, 76% higher than the national average of $4,487 and more than any other state. This is not a surprise, as New York has had the highest Medicaid spending per recipient as far back as I have collected data. And, I once read a paper that described New York State’s Medicaid program as being vastly more expensive than other states in the early 1970s, less than a decade after the program was created. In fact, I saw a film on the Channel 25 “City Classics” program showing a press conference by former Mayor Abe Beame, who was bemoaning the fact that Medicaid spending was out of control and seeking to use city resources to combat fraud to stop it. The state had no interest in doing so, Beame said, because it could simply force the city to pay.
ABC's "Six Degrees" says NYC (or perhaps Manhattan) has three million people? This horrible commercial has been running for several weeks.
DOESN'T ANYONE CHECK FACTS ANYMORE?
From the "Six Degrees" internet movie database message board:
The preview for the show talks about 3 million "survivors" (playing on the Lost theme) on this island. Per wikipedia, there are only 1.5 million people in Manhattan.
I'll have to interrupt my series on Medicaid, which was delayed by a computer problem at home, to call your attention to recent data from the American Community Survey. The data on educational attainment, written up in today's Times, is in fact shocking. I say that as someone who has looked at similar data over long periods of time. It's not so much the direction of the change, which corresponds with what I see on the street, but its scope and speed.
The share of the city's population that is high-school and college-educated is soaring; the share that has not completed high school is plunging. This cannot be the result of the educational attainment of those who comes through the city's schools: the state's policy of making the life-chances of the city's children even worse that it would otherwise be has thus far succeeded. Rather, it is a function of who is moving in and who is moving out or dying off. The former are better off than the latter, and the population turnover appears to be rapid.
The Hill's Josephine Hearn takes a look at what a Democratic sweep this November would mean to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC):
You can read the piece in its entirety, here.
We are proud to pass along to you word that Yoda's recent posts on Lieberman-styled party loyalties (here and here) got some serious play late this afternoon in the WSJ's Opinion Journal - which, you can read here.
A while ago, I wrote on one of the blogs that the test of whether Sen. John McCain is really as different as the media wish is true all their heart or is just another pol would be if he changed his position on ethanol in order to win the Iowa Caucus.
I think the answer is becoming clear.
Here’s McCain’s old position –
McCain Also Voted Against Ethanol in 2004, and 2003. In 2004, John McCain voted against an amendment to Senate Bill S 150 to promote ethanol, declaring that ethanol was “a product that we have created a market for which has absolutely, under no circumstances, any value whatsoever except to corn producers and Archer Daniels Midland and other large agribusinesses.” In 2003, John McCain voted to block a final vote to an “energy bill coveted by Iowa farm interests” that “would double use of corn-based ethanol.” [S 150; Aberdeen American News, 5/2/04, S. Res. 150, 4/29/04, Roll Call #74; Des Moines Register, 11/22/03; H.R. 6, 11/21/03, Roll Call #456]
Yvette Clarke, New York City Councilwoman and daughter of Republican Governor Pataki’s chief Black advisor and confidant has swindled EMILY’s list and captured an important national endorsement. At the local level the Clarke family is known as Republican agents camouflaged as Democrats. It is impossible to serve the agenda related to women’s issues while relying heavily on Republican contributors and consultants.
Already Yvette repeatedly boasts that she is the candidate who will get things done because she is willing “to reach across the aisle to the Republicans.” It’s wake up time. Regardless of gender, Democrats should refuse to elect one more Lieberman.
So today, we got our hands on 145 pieces of good ol' fashion NY pork product (of the ... ummm ... not so kosher variety). None of these 2007 earmarks have ever been debated out in the open - nor otherwise seen the light of day.
Further problem, we haven't yet a clue to whom each piece belongs (though we could probably geographically deduce many of them); nor do we know how each piece came to be - save the $3.0 million allocated to the "CCNY for the Rep. Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service to prepare individuals for careers in public service, which may include establishing an endowment, library and archives for such center". (We think we've got a pretty good idea where that one came from...???)
And if you feel like digging a wee bit deeper ... we're still happy to help you out with some lunch money.
EXTORTION: The illegal use of one’s official position or power to obtain property, funds or patronage. An exorbitant or excessive charge.(American Heritage Dictionary.
Jeff Feldman, a top Kings County Democratic Boss was indicted by a Grand Jury and will face criminal charges of Extortion in State Supreme Court some time in October this year. (Correct me if I am wrong, Jeff.)
But now there is a growing murmur from friends of Jeff that Carl Andrews has been given a pass, and should be facing similar charges. Here’s why Feldman‘s supporters are furious. They believe that District Attorney Joe Hynes would never have indicted Jeff if Clarence‘s friends, including Carl Andrews, Al Vann, and others had not staged a “White Racist” protest at Borough Hall. The protesters accused the Brooklyn DA of planning to have a Grand Jury indict a Black man, while letting a White man go free.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." — 18th Century quote falsely attributed to Benjamin Franklin.
Last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the random searches of subway riders to supposedly prevent terrorist attacks. In a nutshell: the subway is a good terrorist target, the searches are not invasive and might prevent an attack. Next they'll probably ban liquids and gels on the subway, but I digress.
While various liberal bloggers + Keith Olberman and Robert Kennedy, Jr. have been trying to convince us that a massive vote stealing scheme (with Democrats & UAW officials in on it) delivered Ohio to George W. Bush in 2004, today’s Ohio papers bring news of a real scandal that really might have made the difference in Ohio.
Shouldn’t this be news outside of Ohio?
Less than a week before the 2004 presidential election, Jim Conrad, then head of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, took steps to ensure that a $215 million investment loss in an offshore hedge-fund would not become public …
Don't know why. Can't explain it. But today, Google is throwing many searchers our way. Guess this happens on the more curious of days...???
So, thought I'd share with you what it is your fellow readers searched (the last 24 of them) to make their way here.
And, again, I leave the deciphering to you.
Num Perc. Search Term
The Lunatics Will Soon Be Back Running the Asylum (or The Not So Lonesome Discomfort of Frank McKay)
So, in the Independence Party court battle over whether the constitutional right to free speech trumps the constitutional right to free association (for the all the gory details, click here), a Brooklyn Court has punted, deciding that what really matters is blind adherence to the plain language of the state’s pernicious election laws, which allows a party the right to attempt to dis-enroll its voters, but only at the request of a county’s local party chair. Since the county parties in question were all controlled by the Fulani-Newman anti-Semitic cult, rather than Party Chair Frank McKay’s ragtag coalition of fast-buck opportunist and tin-foil hatted nutcases, this would appear to be game, set and match. In an incidental and accidental victory for free speech, the Fulaniite zombies will still be able to exercise their First Amendment right to regurgitate whatever hateful bile Fred Newman instructs them to chant, without being deprived of their ability to belong to the Party of Fred's choice. Another defeat for the imperialist, Zionist, running dog lackies of International Capital. "But", in the words of Bob Dylan, "you who philospohize disgrace, and criticize all fears, take the rag away from your face, now ain't the time for your tears".
When asked at the end of the1974 season why he was replacing his general manager, the owner of the Houston Oilers football team replied “I gave him an unlimited budget, and he exceeded it!” The same may be said of New York State’s Medicaid program. Its budget is unlimited – its cost goes up by whatever it does every year, and taxes are raised and other services cut to make up the difference. Medicaid, along with debt service and pensions, get the first, second and third bites of the apple. (Public schools in the portion of New York State outside New York City get the fourth.) And when the cost of Medicaid is restrained, as in the mid-to-late 1990s, it is by reducing the number of beneficiaries who receive health care benefits, not by restraining the increase in what the health care industry decides to charge. The number of people employed by that industry in New York, fueled in large part by government money, rises rapidly each and every year. With just 6.5% of the nation’s population, New York State accounted for 15.1% of its Medicaid spending (see attached spreadsheet).
Sunday morning Arriana Huffington was on CNN pontificating about the Connecticut Primary and other events.
She continued to blast Joe Lieberman for running as an independent and called his actions unprecedented – losing a Primary and continuing to run.
Now in my last post, I pointed to at least one precedent – Mario Cuomo in 1977 who continued his campaign for Mayor against Primary winner Ed Koch as the candidate of the Liberal Party and a party his campaign created - Neighborhood Preservation Party.
But in honor of Arianna, I decided to jog my memory to find more precedents and to see how those who “turned on their Party” were punished.