I have been more on the defensive side in terms of the recent healthcare brouhaha. Now the other side. With the Congressional Budget Office projecting a decade of deficit spending, I cannot support a bill that will add to the deficit. While I strongly oppose fiscal conservatism, I do think that the government should spend the money that it has. If it wants to spend more, it must be raised. I am supportive of the Obama tax plan, but I would like to see him go further to raise rates on those who are in the top 0.5%. I wish I could find the article where Warren Buffet talked about how he pays less taxes than his secretary. The richest (or is he back to #2 now?) person pays less than his secretary? That is inexcusable. The bottom line is that the plan needs to be paid for. A large portion of our GDP (over 10%) goes to healthcare already. Couldn’t a more comprehensive plan reduce the money spent and extend coverage? It is possible for other nations with successful universal healthcare.
The other thing I wanted to mention was that the recent SAT results have been released with a breakdown in race, income, gender and so on. They tell nothing new. Race and income continue to play a significant role in standardized testing. The focus right not is on health, but education is in much worse shape. When will real time be placed into education reform? I am not taking No Child Left Behind inefficient quick fixes. I would personally rather see an overhaul of the education system before healthcare. Schools continue to operate under an ineffective model and the students suffer. This is summed up by a poorly constructed single test that is used to determine college admissions. Fortunately, some schools (like Holy Cross) have dropped the SAT as a required part of admissions. The next step is to bring education to those who continue to be neglected.