Start with this: Florida leans Democratic. It has more registered Democrats than registered Republicans and — despite concerted efforts to suppress the Democratic vote — more Floridians voted for Obama than for McCain or Romney. Okay? Florida leans Democratic. Yet, mainly because of the way voting districts have been drawn (“gerrymandered”), by a wide margin Republicans control the state legislature.
What could possibly better reflect the will of the people?
One practical effect: blocking aid to the sick and needy.
. . . a Republican-led House committee blocked the expansion earlier this month and last week a Senate panel also moved to stop the plan to offer health care to an additional 1 million Floridians.
By rejecting the Medicaid expansion, Florida is estimated to be giving up $51 billion over 10 years to cover low-income residents. Under the law, the federal government would pay for 100 percent of the costs for the first three years of the program and then 90 percent thereafter. . . .
BEST BUS STOP EVER
I’m guessing you’ve seen this clip. If not, you may smile.
Tomorrow (or soon): marriage. But, just to get the downside out of the way first (and to keep you smiling): divorce. Warning: Not x-rated but . . . sophisticated. (Co-starring, George Costanza would be excited to learn, Marisa Tomei.)
I grasp at all straws — it’s part of the fun — so here’s the latest: a company bragging about its role in successfully engineering the gears for WheelTug. Just one more data point to suggest people are actually working on this thing with the expectation it may come to fruition. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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In 1800, 75% of [an American's] working man's expenditures went for food alone. By 1850, that had dropped to 50%. Today it is a little more than 11%.~The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 1996
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