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Spot the Difference

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  1. In 2012:
  2. In 1990:
  3. Context:

    Helms ran for reelection in a nationally publicized and rancorous campaign against the former mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt, in his “bid to become the nation’s only black Senator” and “the first black elected to the Senate from the South since Reconstruction”. In the primary, Helms had two opponents, George Wimbish (as in 1984) and another; Helms won with 84.3% of the vote.

    Helms aired a late-running television commercial that showed a white man’s hands ripping up a rejection notice from a company that gave the job to a “less qualified minority”; some critics claimed the ad utilized subliminal racist themes. The advertisement was produced by Alex Castellanos, whom Helms would employ until his company was dropped in April 1996 after running an unusually hard-hitting ad.

  4. Answer:

    The Indians and Chinese are not asking for any special treatment. They are only asking to be treated equally (This is not to say that affirmative action is all bad; after all, blacks were treated horrendously in the past).

    Why does President Obama not think of Indians and Chinese as worthy of equal treatment?

  5. Take it away Prof. Landsburg

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

June 28, 2012 at 00:18

Jon Stewart is such a shill

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On the February 13, 2012 episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart cuts to Obama pretending to back down on his mandate that workplaces affiliated with religious bodies (e.g. affiliated to the Catholic Church) need to pay for contraception in the health plans they offer to their employees (around the 5’20” mark) — .

If a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as a part of their health plan, the insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity, will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge. Religious organizations won’t have to pay for these services and no religious institution will have to provide these services directly.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/10/remarks-president-preventive-care
— Barack Obama

Thankfully, Steve Landsburg and Greg Mankiw come to the rescue .

That’s because all economists understands that transferring the responsibility from employers to insurers amounts to transferring the cost from insurance buyers to insurance buyers, which is to say that it’s not a change in policy. One of the first and most important lessons we teach our students is well summarized by a slogan: “The economic burden of a tax is independent of the legal burden”. Ditto for a mandated insurance purchase. It is not the law, but the underlying price-sensitivities of buyers and sellers, that determines where the burden ultimately falls.

For Stewart’s sake I hope Obama loses.

Written by Polevaulter Donkeyman

February 15, 2012 at 01:51