Infant mortality is higher under Republican Presidents than under Democratic Presidents:
New research in the International Journal of Epidemiology by three scholars at the University of Michigan — Javier M Rodriguez, John Bound, and Arline Geronimus — extends this vein of research into a new area: infant mortality. The longer-term trend in infant mortality in the United States is clear: infant mortality has declined sharply in the past 80 years.
What Rodriguez and colleagues investigate is whether, relative to this broader trend, infant mortality rates are higher under Republican or Democratic presidential administrations. Drawing on data from 1965 to 2010, they find that infant mortality is, on average, 3 percent higher under Republican administrations (again, relative to the trend). This is after accounting for other factors that could also affect infant mortality, such as trends in education attainment, the unemployment rate, and economic inequality.
Couple this with studies showing that fewer abortions have occurred when Democrats have the White House and any reasonable observer is compelled to ask, “Who are you calling ‘babykiller’, motherfucker?”
Remember when President Obama was lambasted for saying “you didn’t build that”? Turns out he was right, at least when it comes to lots of stuff built by the world’s wealthiest corporations. That’s the takeaway from this week’s new study of 25,000 major taxpayer subsidy deals over the last two decades.
Titled “Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent,” the report from the taxpayer watchdog group Good Jobs First shows that the world’s largest companies aren’t models of self-sufficiency and unbridled capitalism. To the contrary, they’re propped up by billions of dollars in welfare payments from state and local governments.
Such subsidies might be a bit more defensible if they were being doled out in a way that promoted upstart entrepreneurialism. But as the study also shows, a full “three-quarters of all the economic development dollars awarded and disclosed by state and local governments have gone to just 965 large corporations” — not to the small businesses and start-ups that politicians so often pretend to care about.
In dollar figures, that’s a whopping $110 billion going to big companies. Fortune 500 firms alone receive more than 16,000 subsidies at a total cost of $63 billion.
These kinds of handouts, of course, are the definition of government intervention in the market. Nonetheless, those who receive the subsidies are still portrayed as free-market paragons.
You’re pretty awesome, although I don’t know you too well. I’ve been pretty bad lately about talking to most people on here, and I know I’m missing out.
How public transportation can reduce congestion
i really wanted to write something eloquent here but i’ll settle for “fuck cars”
Created by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould. With Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks. The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Breaking Bad prequel spinoff. Awww yeah …
Same as it always was, because their Sugar Daddies in the War procurement business (which are all their allies) want that. Note: though Halliburton and the Koch Brothers are supposedly about energy, they made billions from supplying the troops and “rebuilding in Iraq.