Wednesday’s Forum

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. MarkedMan says:

    This from a Washington Post article (no subscription needed) on why the American South has such uniformly bad credit scores:

    Of the 100 counties with the highest share of adults struggling to pay their medical debt, 92 are in the South, and the other eight are in neighboring Oklahoma and Missouri, according to credit data from the Urban Institute.

    This makes no sense. Why would trump states enact rules that resulted in so many of their citizens to be burdened under crushing debt?

    Unless of course, the purpose of governance in Southern states is not to benefit the citizens as a whole but rather to keep them stressed and angry and set against each other, in which case medical indentured servitude makes perfect sense.

  2. gVOR08 says:

    @MarkedMan: It’s part of a pattern of immiseration. Why it’s almost as if their voters would gladly live in a packing crate cooking a pigeon on a curtain rod over an open fire as long as they knew the black guy down the road didn’t even have a curtain rod.

  3. de stijl says:

    I have a multi year crusade to not suck so bad at drumming. I’m never going to be good, but I would prefer not to totally suck. I can’t even tell you why, it’s not for bragging rights or anything. It will never serve any practice purpose. Just to not totally suck for whatever reason. Just because.

    Last night I was tapping along to Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order and my brain just froze up for several seconds. Froze up is the wrong word – it fritzed out. BZZZT! About four minutes in.

    I kept flailing away way off beat for several seconds until my sense of rhythm kicked back in again. My brain stopped being able to cope.

    I was ticking along doing pretty okay for me and then BZZT! and I went off-line for a second or two and spazzed out. Soft reset. I overloaded my brain!

    It’s a tricky song and the extended mix is entensely complex, but I was just trying to keep the basic beat, nothing fancy. And my brain hiccuped.

    It was kinda fun, actually.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Republicans in the US ‘battery belt’ embrace Biden’s climate spending

    Georgia, a state once known for its peaches and peanuts, is rapidly becoming a crucible of clean energy technology in the US, leading a pack of Republican-led states enjoying a boom in renewables investment that has been accelerated by Joe Biden’s climate agenda.

    Since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in August, billions of dollars of new clean energy investment has been announced for solar, electric vehicle and battery manufacturing in Georgia, pushing it to the forefront of a swathe of southern states that are becoming a so-called “battery belt” in the economic transition away from fossil fuels.
    Georgia is part of a pattern where Republican-headed states have claimed the lion’s share of new renewable energy and electric vehicle activity since the legislation, with Republican-held Congressional districts hosting more than 80% of all utility-scale wind or solar farms and battery projects currently in advanced development, according to an analysis by American Clean Power.

    States blessed with plentiful wind and sunshine, along with significant rural and industrial communities, such as those across the Great Plains and the south, appear best positioned to capitalize on the climate bill. Texas, already a bastion of wind power, could see $131bn in IRA-linked investment this decade, Florida may see $62bn and Georgia $16bn, according to an RMI analysis.

    The irony of this bonanza, which is coming despite no Republican voting for the climate spending, was alluded to by Biden in his recent state of the union address. “My Republican friends who voted against it – I still get asked to fund the projects in those districts as well,” the US president said, to jeers from some members of Congress. “But don’t worry, I promised I’d be a president for all Americans. We’ll fund these projects and I’ll see you at the groundbreaking.”

    Yeah, Brandon did that. Not that the GOP will ever say, “Thank you.”

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Boss of Wagner mercenary group accuses Russian army chiefs of ‘treason’

    The whole piece can be summed up with a single word. “Wah.”

  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The US supreme court has let stand an Arkansas law penalising boycotts of Israel that has provided the model for a proliferation of similar legislation to protect oil companies, gun makers and other contentious industries from political protest movements.

    The supreme court declined to hear an appeal from the editor of the Arkansas Times, Alan Leveritt, after a federal court upheld a law requiring him to sign a commitment not to boycott Israel in order to receive advertising contracts from the state.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the supreme court to overturn the Arkansas law on the grounds it is in conflict with the court’s own ruling 40 years ago that popular boycotts have a long tradition in American history and are protected speech under the first amendment.
    Leveritt said he had no intention of boycotting Israel, with which his newspaper does no business, but he refused to sign the commitment because it “requires the Arkansas Times to take a political position in return for advertising”.

    The editor said he was disappointed that the supreme court declined to take the case but it will not change his position.

    “We’re not going to sign any political pledges in return for advertising. The supreme court can ignore our our first amendment rights but we’ll continue to exercise them vigorously,” he said.

    Never mind that pesky 1st Amendment.

  7. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    Because it makes the libtards cry.

  8. Kylopod says:

    Jon Tester just announced he’s running for reelection.

  9. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    Mitt Romney is not a big fan of Marge’s “Articles of Secession” that she published to Twitter, yesterday.

    “You know, I think Abraham Lincoln dealt with that kind of insanity…We’re not going to divide the country. It’s united we stand, divided we fall…Look, there’s no question, but there are some people in my party and in the other party that say things to try to get a headline and get people to send them money, and that happens to lead in today’s loony left, I should say loony right.”

  10. Jax says:

    Wyoming is closed. My kid’s getting a snow day, I can hardly see our barn it’s snowing so hard.

    It’s State Wrestling this week in Casper. The buses all left early to try and beat the storm, and they all got stranded in Riverton, so WYDOT dispatched plows to escort them the rest of the way to Casper. Then they closed the road again right behind them.

  11. Kylopod says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl: I was going to say that she probably thinks Lincoln was a tyrant who stole the South’s valor, but then I realized it’s just as likely she doesn’t know who Lincoln was.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Concrete in Life photo competition – in pictures

    Some pretty cool stuff here, hard for me to pick a favorite.

  13. Sleeping Dog says:


    Those states haven’t expanded Medicaid, with the result being that medical debt is concentrated in income groups that earn too much for traditional Medicaid, but are in jobs that don’t provide health insurance or the insurance is of poor quality.

  14. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Sleeping Dog: Misery recently expanded Medicaid via voter initiative. (the state GOP would never have done it) I think it was just this last election so we may soon drop out of the Dirty Dozen list.

  15. Kathy says:

    First hurdle cleared. I submitted the vacation request to the boss, and he signed it without comment.

    Next, book a flight and hotel.

  16. Mu Yixiao says:
  17. CSK says:

    @MarkedMan: @gVOR08:

    States’ rights.

  18. CSK says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl:
    I don’t think Romney’s a big fan of MTG period.

  19. Scott says:

    I like to think I’m a pretty rational thinker, using facts and logic to remain grounded in the real world. So I just don’t know how to communicate or relate to those who are not rational. I listened/watched in the last couple of days to people who, let me just say, I cannot relate to:

    Will Sommer: The Power of QAnon

    Conspiracy theories had been gaining ground in the GOP before Trump, but after he became conspiracy-theorist-in chief, many of his fans dove into conspiracies too. QAnon now has 10 million followers, and Trump is the messiah figure at its center. Will Sommer joins Charlie Sykes today.

    Less disturbing but still on the edge:

    Red & Blue Special Edition: Focus Group about Election Integrity

    CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett participates in a focus group about the 2020 election and the integrity of U.S. elections moderated by Frank Luntz and hosted by Arizona State University, the University of Southern California and Arizona PBS.

    The four folks who had to keep straight faces listening politely to this focus group was Major Garrett, David Becker, Brad Raffensperger, and Bill Gates (Maricopa County Board of Supervisors)

    If you’re in the mood for despair and depression, have a listen.

  20. Scott says:

    @Kylopod: After seeing the Montana Republicans in action, he probably thinks that he has it in the bag or he needs to defend his state from the whackjobs.

  21. Kylopod says:

    @Scott: I definitely don’t think he has it in the bag. Barring a big surprise, Montana will vote for the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. If that happens, and Tester manages to win reelection as Senator, it will be the first time since 2012 that a state has voted simultaneously for a Republican presidential candidate and a Democratic Senate candidate. The extreme nationalization of Senate and congressional races we’ve seen in the Trump era is going to have to decline at least a little, in order for Tester (and Sherrod Brown, and Joe Manchin) to have a chance. Steve Bullock wasn’t able to break that trend in 2020. Granted, he was running against an incumbent Senator whereas Tester is the incumbent this time. But it’s striking how badly he did despite being the sitting governor.

    There are always conflicting incentives in situations like this. Tester obviously isn’t eager to go into a race he has a high chance of losing. But the Democratic Party knows he’s their only chance of keeping the seat. So his running is less risky for the party but more risky (in terms of his reputation and dignity) for Tester.

  22. MarkedMan says:

    @Sleeping Dog: I know I harp on what I perceive as a fundamental difference in governance between the trump states (the old South plus some others) and the more progressive states. I believe that the trump states act as if the purpose of governance is to preserve a feudal type of society (which I call Jim Crow governance) and does that by keeping as many people as possible living hand to mouth and setting them against each other by race, class, educational level and religion. The other states act as if the purpose of governance is to provide essential goods and services to the populace. People from these areas may resent that I make these claims. But am I correct? Well, even in trump states “correct” is a hard thing to define given the different interest groups, population centers etc. But whether or not I’m absolutely correct I don’t think you can deny the predictive value of my theory. You can take just about any social issue for the past two centuries and judge how the trump states will fall out based on it. Will the trump states feel that the duty of governance is for the state to use its power to oppose unionization at all costs? My theory clearly says yes. Opposing theories (trump states believe in smaller governance, trump states believe in ruling by religious values, etc) do not predict the outcome. Same for efforts to bring health care, child mortality or education up to national standards. Try as I might I have been very hard pressed to come up with guiding principles that result in the two plus centuries of backwardness the trump states have endured, other than the one I outlined above.

  23. CSK says:


    Here’s a companion piece to the Qanon article to which you linked:

  24. Sleeping Dog says:


    I don’t have any disagreement with your extended statement and would add that the failure of the trump states to expand Medicaid is evidence of that. My point is that failure to expand Medicaid is a significant driver of medical debt. Why Medicaid hasn’t been expanded is a different question.

  25. Erik says:

    @MarkedMan: there’s some good evidence for this. I’m at work so do t have time to dig too far, but Teri Kanefield talks about this regularly and has references. Try this one link or search on her website for hierarchy

  26. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mu Yixiao: Definitely past her “sell by” date.

  27. Kylopod says:

    @Mu Yixiao: @OzarkHillbilly: What I find amusing is that I know it won’t be long before Trump makes a sexist remark about Haley. And she just totally lets it slide.

    It reminds me of the flap when Rahm Emanuel was quoted in a private conversation referring to liberal critics of the Obama Admin as “retarded.” Sarah Palin, as the mother of a Down’s Syndrome kid, called for him to be fired. Then Limbaugh said he agreed with Rahm that liberals were “retards.” Palin was asked about Limbaugh’s remarks, and she said he was just being “politically incorrect.”

  28. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @MarkedMan: People from these areas may resent that I make these claims.

    These people need to learn to insert Jim Wright’s emergency “Not all” whenever one makes a generalized statement about certain populations. Such as, “Not all rural Missourians are miserable ignorant backwards rednecks, but if you have the misfortune of coming across one in the wild you should be pleasantly surprised to find one that wasn’t.”

    People have a tendency to take things said on the Internets too personal. And yes, I made the above overly insulting on purpose.

  29. charon says:

    Yesterday, there was some discussion about employees and organizational policies, in the context of staff complaints about the NYT Bazelon piece.

    For comparison, here is Fox:

    The Trump tweet Heinrich referenced included both Hannity and Dobbs by name, so by fact-checking it, she had technically run afoul of a company policy against intramural warfare, I learned through my reporting. “No shooting in the tent,” the former Fox executive Roger Ailes used to say, although the policy was unevenly enforced. So Heinrich took down her first tweet but quickly posted a new one on November 13, also fact-checking Trump and noting a complete dearth of evidence for the anti-Dominion conspiracy theories that were airing all across right-wing TV.

  30. charon says:


    Reading the comments to that tweet, Nikki not so popular.

  31. CSK says:

    Dmitry Medvedev said today that Russia will be “torn apart” and “disappear” if it loses the Ukraine war.

  32. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @charon: Well, she’s certainly not popular on my side of street and I suspect her side of the street is jeering her just as loudly for attempting to steal the throne from it’s rightful owner, the chosen one.

  33. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @CSK: We should be so lucky.

  34. CSK says:

    Yeah, I know.

  35. Sleeping Dog says:


    He maybe right, in as much as he means the greater Russian Federation. A Russian loss in Ukraine or even extended losing could result in an attempt to overthrow Vlad. If that occurs all bets are off about how it unfolds. Unlike the Soviet days, there is not a Politburo that can manage the transition to the next leader. A future Russian leadership fight is likely to more closely resemble 1917, than Khrushchev replacing Stalin.

    The various Federation members are participants in part out of coercion and a Moscow in turmoil would give the Stans and the eastern provinces the opportunity to escape the yoke.

  36. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Indeed. A Ukrainian victory would inspire a lot of the provinces.

  37. Kathy says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Mad Vlad could pull off a classic 91 Saddam. After his army is done getting their ass kicked, he can turn them on to under-armed, inexperienced internal opponents trying to make trouble for him.

  38. CSK says:

    The Reverend Robert E. Lee IV, a collateral descendant of General Robert E. Lee, has accused MTG of treason.

  39. dazedandconfused says:


    There’s a risk Putin would opt for making Ukraine as messed up as he can prior to leaving it in order to discourage that. And that could be accomplished by simply staging a bloody-minded defense of the large cities in the Donbas break-away republics.

    Hopefully there will be some sort of negotiated settlement to this.

  40. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The Alaska Landmine

    Not even sure what to say here. Rep. Eastman says it’s a benefit to society when children who are victims of abuse die “because there aren’t needs for government services over the course of that child’s life” when they die as a results of abuse. #akleg

    Words fail me.

  41. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @charon: And she doesn’t seem to understand the “hold muh beer” meme, either. 🙁

  42. Mu Yixiao says:

    Regarding the “hidden fees” discussion from a few days back:

    I was just copying into my notes app the booking information for the two trips I’m doing this year, and I notice this for my trip to Croatia…

    Fare $62.80
    Taxes & Fees* $491.65

    That’s got to be a mix-up in the order, right? Taxes and fees can’t possibly be 780% more than the actual fare, could it?

    It is possible that 88.7% of my fare is taxes and fees? And only 11.3% is the actual ticket?

    * I selected no upgrades or premium seats. I have no checked bags. This is a bare-bones ticket.

  43. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I actually get what he’s saying here. He’s admitting that Alaska doesn’t have the resources and services available to undo the damage child abuse does and is not likely to be able to provide them in the future. He’s essentially acknowledging that living in Alaska is the equivalent of living in the Peruvian rainforest except with the social problems we ascribe to living in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

    Why Republicans are willing to embrace this view as a goal to strive for is another question, but I can admire his candor… I guess… 🙁

  44. MarkedMan says:

    @CSK: I’m not so sure. For certain of the
    ‘Stans it seems more like what happened when Yugoslavia broke up. The central authority turned out to be the only thing keeping them from killing each other.

  45. Mu Yixiao says:


    In the history of the world, there has only ever been one “Yugoslavian”– Josip Broz Tito. Everyone else is Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Dalmatian, Slovenian, etc.

    As I understand it, most of the people in Russia consider themselves to be Russian.

    The situations are not analogous.

  46. Kathy says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    It’s hard to tell without the details, but it’s quite likely.

    Ryanair’s CEO has said a few times he’d like to set all fares at $0, and get income solely from fees. To do that, fees would have to be charged with the fare. Otherwise customer may book multiple flights and take just one or none, who cares if you aren’t refunded for $0, right?

    Taxes, BTW, often includes excise fees, either fixed or dependent on fare price or type of travel (domestic, international, transoceanic, etc.). Stuff like airport fees, 9/11 fee, etc.

    If you can get the “fees and taxes” itemized, you should.

  47. charon says:

    Trump vs. DeSantis:


    And yet an array of people who gleefully supported Trump for president—twice!—despite this decades-long pattern of behavior are now Very Concerned about his nastiness.

    Byron York, the Washington Examiner’s saddest Trump lickspittle, lamented that Trump is going “lower and lower.” Former editor for Trump fan-blog American Greatness Pedro Gonzalez is now under the impression that his one-time hero is “unserious” and acting based on his “insecurities.” (You don’t say!) Claremonster and miniature tough boi Dave Reaboi called it bottom-feeder stuff.

    To be fair, Reaboi may or may not be paid to tweet for Hungary, “anti-Qatari interests”, and Ron DeSantis—so this may be work-product and not his genuine opinion. But in general, this sentiment seems to be shared everywhere on the right from National Review to the Daily Wire.

    Yet the most trenchant rebuke of Trump’s antics came from DeSantis himself, who lashed out at a press conference saying “I don’t spend my time trying to smear other Republicans.”

    “Other Republicans.”

    And therein lies the rub.

    DeSantis and his stans aren’t upset that the former president issued an exaggerated personal attack unbecoming of his status. Had Trump dredged up an old drinking photo of Eric Swalwell or Chuck Schumer or a pic of Mitt Romney with a milk mustache cavorting with younger women, and made unfounded claims targeting them with Qanon dog whistles about ephebophilia—well! That would be one thing. He might even get some retweets about how such bon mots, are, to be sure, indecorous—but can be understood as merely being the middle finger the elites deserve.

    You see Conservatism Inc. is only upset because Trump smeared their precious. The guy they all hope and pray will lead them into a glorious post-Trump future, filled with corporate tax cuts, lib owning, and election victories.


    This type of hypocrisy about Mr. Trump’s behavior is well worn. Dog bites man.

    But what’s particularly galling is the fact that one of the only GOP politicians who has been as wanton in making baseless accusations of pedophilia is Ron DeSantis himself.

    And DeSantis’ accusations haven’t even been limited to political opponents! He goes after innocent, regular folks just minding their own business, too. Not to mention public servants.

    Recall that DeSantis’ office accused not just every gay teacher in his state of being a groomer, but went so far as to claim that anyone who opposed his efforts to ban teachers from acknowledging that gay families exist was themselves a pedophile sympathizer.

    “If you’re against the anti-Grooming bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children,” his spokesperson Christina Pushaw tweeted. That was not a DeSantis “ally” or Twitter rando. It’s the woman he pays to speak on his behalf, and who was apparently given the okay to double-down in interviews about the bill.

    There’s more. DeSantis promoted a false claim that a political rival “protected a sexual predator for years.” He offered the governor’s mansion as a safe space for Chaya Raichik, founder of LibsofTiktok—a social media feed whose entire raison d’etre is making accusations of pedophilia against random LGBTQ+ individuals.

    None of these smears or tactics were met with outrage from the conservative media. Byron York didn’t lament that DeSantis’s office was going “lower and lower.” The Natcons didn’t tug their furry chins about this being “bottom-feeder stuff.”

    The opposite, in fact. These moves proved that DeSantis was a fighter!

    These faux tough guys decided that literally anyone in America can be smeared as a groomer: teachers, drag performers, children’s hospital employees, anyone. And that’s fair game. But the moment Trump suggests DeSantis might have done something untoward, they flop on the ground like French soccer players begging for a red card.

    It’s hypocritical, it’s cruel, it’s pathetic. But most importantly: It’s fucking weak.

    If anyone should be forced to weather some groomer accusations, it’s the guy whose office mainstreamed the schtick.

    So either clean up the act, or buck up Ronbois.

    What goes around, comes around.

  48. Kathy says:

    Odd question of the day: Is Paxlovid still distributed free all over the US?

    The reason I ask is that I’ve caught a number of ads for Paxlovid on CNN lately. The gist is to go on Paxlovid at the first sign of COVID, be it by a test or just symptoms. That’s good advice, as the treatment works best right after infection

    This has been known for months, but it wasn’t that widely advertised, certainly not on cable news. So I’m wondering whether now it has to be bought, and Pfizer is advertising it to sell it.

  49. CSK says:

    It will cease being free in the middle of this year.

  50. Stormy Dragon says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    As I understand it, most of the people in Russia consider themselves to be Russian.

    Just a few years ago, more than 27% of Ukrainians considered themselves at least part ethnically Russian, a number that is now less than 8%

    Identity can change quickly and unexpectedly.

  51. Kathy says:



    I wonder if some enterprising neighborhood clinics can stockpile a few thousands while they’re free, for later use when it no longer is. I recall a price quoted around $700 soon after the first studies on efficacy came out.

  52. MarkedMan says:

    @Mu Yixiao: I’m not talking about interna Russia but rather the ‘Stans. This is from the wiki article on the Kyrgyzstan–Tajikistan border. Moscow was always reading them the riot act but with Putin distracted they have been taking advantage to kill each other.

    As early as 2004, border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were being discussed by local media,[26] with over 70 border incidents being reported from 2004 to 2015.[25] This conflict then escalated into a three-day battle in April–May 2021, which killed 55 people and forced over 33,000–58,000 Kyrgyzstan civilians to evacuate from the Batken Region.[27][28][29] Clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan became increasingly frequent throughout 2022,[30][31][32] culminating in a 14–20 September confrontation that caused 137,000 Kyrgyz civilians to flee the border area.[29]

  53. CSK says:

    Based on what I’ve seen, it will be $120 per dose. Who knows?

    Medicaid will cover the cost in some areas.

  54. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: My health insurer is sending me messages to reassure me that it will still pay for Paxlovid treatments, but I’m on Medicare, so they may not have a choice. I suspect that the pitches are part of a “don’t think this is over” campaign to juice demand for vaccinations just in case there are people who still want them. (Which reminds me, should I be taking a 5th shot for the spring season?)

  55. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    Beats me. I’m vaxxed, boosted, and I STILL ended up in the hospital with Covid.

  56. Kathy says:

    I’ve done some odd mixtures in my time, and have no qualms about fusion in cooking, but, seriously, olive oil in coffee?

    It’s Starbucks, so maybe uncongealed vegetable fats will improve the burnt taste of their beans.

  57. dazedandconfused says:

    @MarkedMan: Armenia and Azerbaijan with their usual referee, Russia, otherwise occupied have been going at it as well.

  58. CSK says:


    I love coffee, and I love olive oil, but this combo sounds ghastly.

  59. Jax says:

    @Kathy: @CSK: My great grandma who came over from North Carolina on a wagon train always put butter in her black coffee. I remember being 8 or 9 and asking why, she said it cut the bitterness, and she didn’t like milk.

  60. Jax says:

    Winter Storm Olive has fucked us. I’ve got 6 foot drifts between me and my chickens. I’m not even sure where my cattle are. I fed them extra this morning. I fared better than my neighbors, they had zero visibility and couldn’t feed their cattle at all. The only way I could tell where my road was trying to get out to the feedground and back was the 4 ft drifts scraping on my tractor steps.

    If you pray, please pray for my animals. If you don’t pray, I’ll happily take your good vibes.

  61. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Back about 20 years ago (gag!), I was teaching bankruptcy and collections practices. IIRC, 70-80% of all consumer bankruptcies in the country were a direct result of medical debt, and that most of these people were on the bottom or middle of the economic ladder. An inadvertent benefit of the then-current system was that it kept the poor and downtrodden in their proper place (same as it ever was).

    ETA I stumbled into this “career” over 40 years ago (I’m Luddite, and I’m your Kelly Girl™) and this has only gotten worse in that time.

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Why Medicaid hasn’t been expanded is a different question.

    I’m presuming that this was a rhetorical question. Medicaid (and Medicare, for that matter) hasn’t been expanded because it serves the purpose of keeping the poor and downtrodden in their Dawg-appointed places, dad-gummit!

  62. Flat Earth Luddite says:


    When I’m listening to the news crews up here going nutso, I’m thinking about you and the critters. Lighting joss sticks on the alter for you, Jax, and all the critters.