Texas Governor Ann Richards used to say, "My mama doesn't know the difference between a block grant and a city block, but she knows a bad deal when she sees it." Unfortunately, some governors fail to read the fine print often associated with block grants.
"Time is relative," Einstein discovered. So, too, is political time. But these two facts together cause many problems, as reflected in current debates over the seemingly simple question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Bill Clinton's Democratic convention speech is widely praised, but tucked inside was a less-discussed charge against Republicans that could be his party's killer app: GOP Medicaid cuts that would devastate nursing-home care.
It's time to tell the truth about Medicaid: what it does, who it helps, and what proposals -- like Representative Paul Ryan's budget proposal and the move by some states to reject the Medicaid expansion -- would do to it.
Converting Medicare to a privatized voucher system is a key element of the Romney-Ryan scheme: take health care coverage for retirees out of the hands of the U.S. government, where it has worked comparatively well, and shift it to the private market, which has proven to be a high-cost failure.
Ryan is a master practitioner of The Big Lie, the propaganda technique in which if you lie big and often enough, people will believe the lie. The question is whether the American media will let him get away with it.