Sunday, December 03, 2006

Economics and Social Policy - XXIII

Welcome to the December 3, 2006 edition of Economics and Social Policy. Leading off this week, some posts on healthcare:

Tom Blumer casts his eye on the continuing horror that its Britain’s National Health Service: Weekend Question 3: Got Any Nationalized Health Care Stories? on BizzyBlog.

Wenchypoo pulls some items out of her Mental Wastebasket and follows up on Affordable Health Care on Every Corner, as well as a roundup of the flashpoints between wishful thinking and reality in Utopia Crashes to Earth .

Aleksandr Kavokin, MD, PhD presents Insurance Expert Discusses Health Care Crisis. Sort of. posted at RDoctor Medical Portal, saying, "We have become accustomed, as a society, to treating health insurance differently than other forms of insurance. Would one expect an obese, diabetic person, who recently suffered a heart attack, to pay the same for life insurance as a healthy person who runs 5 miles a day? How about the repeat drunk driver? "

And now, on to corporate scandals, pseudo and otherwise:

Steven Silvers on The big picture behind congressional investigations that are going to create new corporate scandals. posted at Scatterbox at stevensilvers.com. "The turmoil of the next two years mark the emergence of a new socioeconomic order in the three-way relationship between America’s largest employers, their stakeholders and representative government."

Leon Gettler presents Milton Friedman and corporate social responsibility posted at Sox First, saying, "The death of economist Milton Friedman has prompted plenty of comments about his attacks on corporate social responsibility. But look closer, the differences might be cosmetic!"

Unfortunately, probably 90% of what passes for “corporate social responsibility” is exactly what Friedman would object to – attempting to use the shareholder’s dollars for non profit generating activities.

And some miscellaneous:

Charles H. Green presents John McCain, Trust and Politics posted at Trust Matters, saying, "McCain’s case acutely raises a dilemma. Can you—or can you not—speak truthfully and be elected?"

Coming on the heels of the Democrat’s abandoning their promise to enact all of the 9/11 Commission proposals, I guess the answer is still “No”.

Paul presents How to deal with information overload posted at Paul's Tips.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Well-deserved break: Top 10 Brain Teasers posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, "Well, when I saw the title "The boring made dull", I thought I could contribute a bit with this humble post..."

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