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There’s the part where you say it, and there’s the part where you take it back…

From the Wall Street Journal (16 May 2011).

Gingrich Blasts House GOP’s Medicare Plan

White House hopeful Newt Gingrich called the House Republican plan for Medicare[1] right-wing social engineering, injecting a discordant GOP voice into the party’s efforts to reshape both entitlements and the broader budget debate.

In the same interview Sunday, on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mr. Gingrich backed a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance….

— Laura Eckler, Gingrich Blasts House GOP’s Medicare Plan in the Wall Street Journal, 16 May 2011

Just a reminder: There’s No Right Way to Manage a Subsidy. And no right way to manage a captive market, either.

  1. [1][Phasing out Medicare over the next 10 years in favor of a government subsidy for retirees to buy special government-regulated corporate health insurance plans for old people. –R.G.]

Friday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://drunkenatheist.com/2011/04/08/2b-7001b/">$2b &lt; $700.1b. drunkenatheist, <cite>Drunkenatheist</cite> (2011-04-08)</a>. <q>From CNN: Washington (CNN) — Democrats and Republicans narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the federal government Friday night, agreeing on a budget deal and a short-term funding extension little more than an hour before the clock struck midnight and time ran out. The new funding extension, which cuts spending by...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://drunkenatheist.com/2011/04/11/excellent-aclu-piece-on-street-harassment/">Excellent ACLU piece on street harassment. drunkenatheist, <cite>Drunkenatheist</cite> (2011-04-11)</a>. <q>Today will be different. I first remember it happening when I was around 14. I was in high school. I lived in the country. I had to walk a quarter of a mile from where the bus dropped me off to home. Guys driving by would sometimes call stuff out...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/14/wordfight-at-the-cpb-corral">Wordfight at the C.P.B. Corral. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-04-14)</a>. <q>When Congress reached its midnight budget deal last week, the finished product didn&#39;t include the GOP&#39;s measure barring federal funds for National Public Radio, let alone the party&#39;s earlier proposal to zero out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting entirely. (I told you so.) In the aftermath, over at Bloomberg Government,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2011/04/think-dialectically.html">Think Dialectically. Sheldon Richman, <cite>Free Association</cite> (2011-04-09)</a>. <q>The title of the post is the advice my old friend Chris Matthew Sciabarra would surely give about proposals to change or abolish Medicare and Medicaid. It means holding the full context at the front of one's mind. These programs certainly violate the rights of the people forced to finance...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1428">04/13/11 PHD comic: 'Three to five weeks' <cite>PHD Comics</cite> (2011-04-14)</a>. <q>Piled Higher &amp; Deeper by Jorge Cham www.phdcomics.com title: &quot;Three to five weeks&quot; - originally published 4/13/2011 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1939">dromiceiomimus, why was a big secret kept. <cite>Dinosaur Comics</cite> (2011-04-12)</a>. <q>archive - contact - sexy exciting merchandise - cute - search - about← previousApril 12th, 2011nextApril 12th, 2011: Today I am going to Montreal with Joey; we're going to be the two classiest dudes on the train; if you see on the news "BREAKING: TRAIN MEN: SO CLASSY" then watch...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2011-04-14.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/15/today-in-new-york-times-navel">Today in <em>New York Times</em> Navel-Gazing. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-04-15)</a>. <q>From Ginia Bellafante&#39;s review of Game of Thrones, an upcoming HBO adaptation of a book by the fantasy writer George R.R. Martin: The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of [the show&#39;s sex] has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2011-04-15.)</em></p></li>