billwarren commented on the diary post Ending Academic Apartheid: Equity and Dignity for Adjunct Professors by robertwfuller.
I am an adjunct at a research university in the Northwest, I was also an adjunct at a large public university in Florida for several years, I have a PhD., and I agree with much of what has been said here, especially the bit about apartheid. Perhaps “guest-worker apartheid”, the German term for their treatment [...]
Despite the debacle, I am with my friend Hank Aaron in hoping that they fix this mess, the sooner and more effectively the better — because the failure of the ACA taints reformers who are more resolute in their progressivism than the Rube Goldberg imitation of liberal government that bears our president’s name.
I am glad even centrist liberals aren’t falling for the apologetics over this POS.
billwarren commented on the diary post Sunday Train: ‘the successful communities are going to be the ones who get rail.’ by BruceMcF.
Ah, the “farebox recovery is the only fair way to pay for transportation” argument. It doesn’t bear close scrutiny (gas taxes don’t come close to paying for highways, but even if it did we are a society, not a collection of individual fiefdoms
billwarren commented on the diary post Sunday Train: ‘the successful communities are going to be the ones who get rail.’ by BruceMcF.
I lived in Denver for 11 years 1994-2005 while a student in my 30s, I guarantee that the route being talked about does not go through upper-middle class areas. Commerce City and Thronton, and Denver along northern Colorado Blvd. could be described as “gritty and industrial”. I went looking for a car in the north [...]
Wow, another Gorbachev article. I was a PSCI (BA and MA)and Russian Studies student at the time of Perestroika, I was in Russian language and Soviet Politics courses, etc., and my family background is Ukraine/ Slovakia (my grandfather spoke only a mix of the two until he started school at 8yo). Americans in the 1980s (especially American Political Science professors) made many flawed assumptions about the failure of the Soviet Union in particular and about economics in general, but you can group them into two main ones:
1. A cultural argument: Russians, Ukrainians etc (ultimately also other countries, Arabs, etc) want the same things Americans want- individual freedom versus security, etc.; indeed, they want to BE Americans; and:
2. A generalized philosophical and political economy argument: people will only work for money.
Both are wrong. When I was asked in the early 1990s what kind of political system I expected to develop in what was then called the CIS I said that I expected the Russians to embrace some type of political strongman, a military leader or some such, rather than our farcical American-style pseudo democracy. Look who has been proven right. Russians value collective security over individual rights.
I ultimately went into political economy and the philosophy of science as a PhD student becasue of the stupid assumptions made within political science about human motivations in general and the Soviet Union in particular.
You are wrong for several reasons. First, you are assuming that people will only work for money. You offer no proof, you simply assert it, offering up a Benthamite (utility maximizing) version of human nature that bears very little scrutiny. Second, and related, you are advocating a continuation of the production of commodities, the very [...]
What do you mean “individual volition”? The distributional system under communism is “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. We take the productive apparatus that was built under capitalism, remove a self-serving minority that control it parasitically, and reorient production for human needs. If anything, the highly mechanized system we [...]
Gorbachev was once paid to be a speaker before a bunch of Chamber of Commerce types in Las Vegas a few years after the USSR ended. He thought that they wanted to hear his opinion on international relations, but when they stopped listening to his speech he realized he was there for the same reason [...]
billwarren commented on the diary post US Court Denies Halt on Pipeline Set to Replace Keystone XL Northern Half by Steve Horn.
I grew up in a small town about twenty miles west of Flanagan (Flanagan had the only indoor swimming pool in the area, donated by a farmer who never married, we would go there in the winter sometimes, true story). What is interesting is that the northern part of the pipeline is an abandoned gas [...]
I’m not a member but I am on their email list becasue I signed a petition about farmworkers I believe:
Dear MoveOn member,
The past three weeks have been a political nightmare for the Affordable Care Act.
A botched website rollout and the media’s refusal to cover the stories of the millions of Americans who have already benefited from Obamacare have left the president weakened, Democrats scared, and Republicans emboldened to keep pushing their radical health-care-defunding agenda.
But we can’t go back—we won’t go back—to the bad ol’ days before comprehensive health care reform.
Thankfully, we know what it’ll take to turn this political moment around: We’re launching a big campaign calling on the media to start giving balanced coverage—and demanding that Congress stand strong for health care reform, because their constituents depend on it.
If we’re going to change the narrative, though, we’ve got to start flooding the Internet and the newsrooms with real-world stories from people whose lives are already better because of the Affordable Care Act. That’s the only way the media is every going to pay attention.
Can you share your story (or that of a family member) today?
The HealthCare.gov website rollout was just the latest piece in the enactment of the Affordable Care Act—Americans have actually been benefiting from the law since 2010. But that’s a fact you wouldn’t know if you only listened to mainstream media.
Here are just some of the ways you may have benefited already:
If you have a child with a pre-existing condition—as of September 2010, health insurance companies can no longer deny your child coverage because of that condition, and as of next year, this rule will apply to Americans of all ages.
If you’ve had a donut hole in your prescription drug coverage—thanks to Obamacare, you may be one of an estimated 4 million seniors with Medicare who will soon be able to cover the full costs of your prescriptions.
If you’re recently out of college and struggling to find employer-based coverage in the sluggish economy—you can now opt to stay on your parents’ plan until you’re 26 years old.
If you received an unexpected rebate from your insurance company—that’s because the ACA stops insurers from keeping exorbitant profits instead of paying out significant claims.
If you live in one of the 25 states expanding Medicaid—you may be one of the 400,000 Americans who’ve already benefited from their new eligibility for free health care
MoveOn members fought long and hard for health care reform because we knew it would improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Democrats have had a hard time thus far explaining just how beneficial the new law is, but we don’t plan on letting a PR mishap derail the most significant investment in our country’s social safety net in generations.
If you’ve benefited from Obamacare, or know someone who has—share your story today:
Together, we’ll make sure the media starts paying attention.
Thanks for all you do.
–Mark, Alejandro, Rosy, Victoria, and the rest of the team
None of that require us to buy from the insurance mafia.
as the website problems continue to get fixed I expect that public opinion will improve. It’s still early days.
“Ha ha ha, today has just been one long laugh riot” Chris Griffin
Remember after your 55th birthday you will receive an open line of credit secured by your collateral for all medical services and premiums. Such a deal!
I’m not worried about that because I spent so long as a student and I have been too poor afterward to start a family to leave anything to.
How do your students respond to your classes?
I hope they are paying close attention, for such insights as you offer them will predicate much of their view of economic “reality”.
Some things resonate I think. This state is quite liberal, and there aren’t so many religious types as in Florida for example, but most of the students are upper-middle class professional types, and I talk a lot about working-class issues. For some of them I think there is a tendency to accept neoliberalism as inevitable and unchangeable, like background radiation, rather than the result of conscious decisions by humans to loosen capital controls, etc.. One comment on an instructor evaluation was something along the lines of: “neoliberalism is here to stay, why are we even wasting time discussing it?”. You can’t get them to understand the whole process in one class, I try to open eyes and get them to think about it, that it isn’t inevitable, we could change it at any time through different policy choices.
Are you an adjunct by choice, billwarren?
HA HA HA…. wait, you’re serious. There are very few adjuncts who wouldn’t want to be full-time, retirees from government with pensions and the like. The percentage of full-time faculty has been reduced to 30% of faculty from around 70% when I started grad school in 1990. I am at a large school in Oregon, when I started I was told that if I make more than $10k per year state law requires that I be given health insurance, I am not sure if that is because of Obamakludge or if it was true before. So I won’t be making more than $10k this year. It is still better than Florida, I was teaching eight courses a year at UCF for a grand total of $17,600, no benefits. I have already qualified for Medicaid here, a short form that I filled out and sent back by mail, Oregon had begun to offer Medicaid to everyone under a certain income but didn’t have the resources to do it until Obamakludge, I would say that Oregon and Vermont are the two bright spots out of this clusterphuck.
You may be on to something (I teach University-level political economy as an adjunct, I define neoliberalism as: the replacement of state-mediated economic processes and outcomes with market-mediated economic processes and outcomes). I see Obama as a disinterested, intellectual lightweight, but perhaps the neoliberal view has rubbed off on him. My mom always said that you become the people you hang around with, and I think Obama has a mancrush on Larry Summers, perhaps the most notorious proponent of neoliberalism.
Well, if you don’t have “complicated” family life, i.e. no wife, no kids, no dependents at all, etc, the subsidy info should work just fine. It sounds as though the thing was designed for “pathetic single men” (to quote Apu from the Simpsons). Remember the original “Rollerball”: James Caan wants to find out about the government, all the books have been transcribed into a kind of fluid in a clear container, he asks it a question and it sort of just bubbles and he gives up? That is what the Obamakludge- (thanx for this) IRS link will perform like.
Suppose, for the moment, billwarren, that it is both: They are lying and are stupid enough to believe that we are too stupid to grasp what is going on … OR be able to do anything about it even if we are not that stupid?
Try that on.
Does that “feel” about right? About like it “is”?
I heard a story once from someone in the democrats who knew Reagan, trying to explain how he could say “the US doesn’t trade arms for hostages” when it was obvious that the US had traded arms for hostages. He said that Reagan often wanted to believe that something was true so much that he would actually believe it IS true, a form of cognitive dissonance common to conservatives. It is possible/probable that Obama is a conservative, and so what he wants to be true he believes is true, even when confronted with evidence that it is not true. That’s the best I can come up with, I can think of no other reason for designing an obviously flawed system that will collapse of its own weight.
One problem that’s going to affect people whether they use Obamazon or go through a third party website or an insurance company is that they can get wrong advice on subsidies, which can cause major pain. It sounds like so far virtually no websites are giving the actual correct subsidy calculators. The sites provide an estimate, but with the steep cliffs, it can cause severe problems if the rough calculation is off. Also it sounds like for those websites that are doing calculations correctly, you basically have to get into a time machine and see into the future while essentially doing your taxes before they actually happen. There has been all sorts of problems with these subsidy calculators already and I don’t expect things are going to get any better when people do their taxes and find out they owe the government thousands because of a bad estimate they were given or they earned a few dollars more next year than this year. Even if everything was otherwise wonderful about Obamacare, tying Obamacare to the IRS and filling out taxes is going to make it unpopular anyway.
This is going to get MUCH worse. Couldn’t they see this coming? Did they not care? I am starting to wonder if Obama isn’t senile like Reagan, even though he is only a few years older than me.
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