We do have a presidential candidate who is talking tough on a genuinely difficult issue. She's also the first Jewish presidential candidate.
One of the ground-breaking innovations of Obama's "signature triumph", the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka ACA), is reduced nursing home care in Tennessee.
The Curious Case of the Part Time Worker: The BLS Jobs Report Covering September 2012
We all know that Romney's tax proposal can't work - but what is Romney's tax proposal? And why did Obama misstate it?
The "why Obama lost the debate" genre is of some fascination to me. Here's Doug Henwood's contribution "What do liberals stand for these days? Damned if I know. It's not a philosophy you can express in aphorisms. (Yeah, politics are complex, and slogans are simple, but if you've got a passionately held set of beliefs you can manage that contradiction.) Too many qualifications and contradictions. They can't just say less war and more equality, because they like some wars and want to bore you with just war theory to explain the morality of drone attacks, and worry about optimal tax rates and incentives. Join an empty philosophy to an empty personality and you get a very flat and meandering performance in debate. Romney believes in money. Obama believes in nothing."
CMike has been kind enough to supply the remarks of Presidents Johnson and Truman on the occasion of the signing of Medicare: "Not one of these, our citizens, should ever be abandoned to the indignity of charity. Charity is indignity when you have to have it. But we don't want these people to have anything to do with charity and we don't want them to have any idea of hopeless despair."
Theodore Sturgeon once had a dry spell, and in desperation, wrote to Robert A. Heinlein about his writer's block. The response was as generous as could be. Via Mark Evanier, to whom we send our condolences over the loss of his mother. I'm glad you have such fond memories of her, Mark, and no big regrets about your relationship with her. That's worth more than gold.