Matthew Holt

As if we needed further proof…

This weekend tells us three things. One, American government is beyond broken. In this completely artificial debate, a minority opinion that after all represents a minority of the opinions of a party that only controls one third of the government dictates the terms of the deficit reduction compromise. A compromise that is pure fantasy anyway. Two, no one in DC gives a shit about the economy and particularly no one cares the lowest 30% of Americans who are un- or marginally employed or relying on support from society. We heard nary a peep even from any Democrats about them as we insanely cut spending in the middle of a recession. It’s 1937 all over again. Third, health care is for sure a government business, according to Wall Street, with the stocks of most major insurers and hospitals off 5-10% this morning on fears of cuts in Medicare.

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