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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dear Seattle Times Editorial Board

Posted by on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You can't run around whining in spring that university tuition is spiking—"The state has slashed higher-education budgets by more than half since 2008," you guys complain, while admitting that "universities need the revenue"—and credibly endorse an Eyman initiative in fall to prevent raising the revenue actually needed to fund those schools.

This is why nobody can take your tax editorials seriously.



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Will in Seattle 1
You are incorrectly assuming they actually passed Logic 210.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
You are assuming they read Slog
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 3
@2) Nobody reads Slog.
Posted by Dominic Holden on October 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
If we read it, our comments might actually refer to what you write, rather than our fake arguments about why the sky is blue with fluffy white cotton balls.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
I don't read Slog.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Pick1 6
Slog is meant to be read?
Posted by Pick1 on October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM · Report this
I don't read Slog, I snort it through my eyeballs.

Also, right on, Dom.
Posted by HK0 on October 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
This the same Times that uses the same intellectual dishonesty to print an "article" saying what I-1240, the charter school inititative, and then leaves out vital parts (like charters being able to takeover ANY existing school, failing or not).

Their lack of reasoning is breathtaking.
Posted by westello on October 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM · Report this
They're just pandering to their audience, i.e., the majority of Washington voters, that have the same cognitive dissonance.
Posted by decidedlyodd on October 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Better get it through your heads that the people of this state don't want higher taxes.
Posted by Mister G on October 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Yes, you can, and the way to do so is to return spending on poor people, which at the state level is mostly spending on medical care and which has massively surged as a share of the state budget in recent decades, back to the levels of say 20 years ago in real terms.

But, you say, isn't medical care much more expensive than 20 years ago even in real terms? No really for the same drugs and procedures as 20 years ago. The problem is that we insist on giving the indigent the same shiny new state of the art care as paying patients are buying.
Posted by David Wright on October 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
@11 "The problem is that we insist on giving the indigent the same shiny new state of the art care as paying patients are buying."


I suppose your statement is technically true if you mean that by denying the indigent and anyone else without medical insurance actual medical care, causing health conditions to worsen and only guaranteeing financially ruinous medical interventions in the most expensive context, the emergency room, but I doubt you understand it that way.

I believe it is also true that leeches are now cheaper in real terms than when they were used medically, but despite a few interesting applications for tissue regeneration and attachment being explored, I hardly think we should reintroduce blood-letting as a general curative for the indigent.

The problem is that our medical sector incentives are not based on outcomes, overall health and patient satisfaction. Sure, we have the best medical whatevers that money can buy, but everything is about buying it.

Now, before you go crying, we don't have to remove market rewards for innovators, inventors or even purveyors of excellence to realize these savings. The huge savings in this sector can be realized by changing the incentives, enabling medical information flow and addressing issues in their early stages.
Posted by Why Should I Have To Tell My Dr. What Meds I Am Taking? on October 16, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
@6 no, it is meant to be read out loud by our Robotic Overlords.

@11 I think you mean rich old people. There, fixed it for you. That's where most of the medical care goes.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this

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