For this weekend’s reading list, we have an interview with the author of a new book on how to tackle the deficit without destroying government, a critique of the GOP’s “faith-based” economic theories, a study on conservative media bias that helped destroy ACORN, an accounting of how states have been unable to reform health insurance, an analysis of how computerized voter registration systems would increase voting rolls while saving money, and a critique of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s undemocratic governance.
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How to Fix the Debt Problem – Without Trashing Government – an interview with Simon Johnson, co-author of the book White House Burning which explains how long term deficit problems can be solved without eviscerating Medicare, Social Security, and other important government programs.
Enough With the GOP’s Faith-Based Economics – an essay explaining how conservative free market economic assumptions are tainted by an assumption of rational informed behavior that does not match reality.
Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News and What the News Got Wrong – an old but interesting evaluation of how the media distorted its coverage of ACORN, thereby enabling a dishonest conservative campaign against the organization to succeed.
Over Stated – an accounting of how the history of state-level health insurance reforms shows that states do not have the market power or ability to achieve the fundamental reforms that are needed in the health insurance market.
Voter Registration in a Digital Age – a report on how computerized voter registration systems could increase voter registration rates, improve accuracy, and save money.
Rahm Emanuel Has A Problem With Democracy – an update on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s anti-democratic, union busting, white collar patronage creating governance of the City of Chicago. Winning Progressive raised concerns that this is how Emanuel would govern in a previous post on his mayoralty.