Sunday, March 2, 2008

Free Lunch

Caught this on Book Tv. Should be at he top but won't post the video till Monday.
David Cay Johnston, author of "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill)"

I try to say away from those that are blaming the rich or corporations for problems. I am willing to listen to the reason behind a subsidy thought i often think that it is a bad idea. He doesn't blame them. It sounds to me from this that mainly we are and to a lesser extent our government are stupid or fell asleep on the job, also stupid. Companies are out to make money, they are not evil they just do what the are supposed to do. We all know that so if we offer them free money they will take it. From what he is saying and i am to young to know better that around 1980 we decided that it was okay for health insurance to go from non profit to for profit. What? Why? i don't know and care. just fix it.

He also references numbers from other countries and how they work on various subjects. this scares me, but he wasn't pushing the single payer for health care, although it seemed to be the one he favored. He cover a variety of subject and covers problems well, the solution i might disagree on, but very informative.

There is also a web site with some small out takes

The Reason interview and one from NPR

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