First December Saturday

How the year keeps rolling along, with the holidays looming like … I dunno … something that looms!

Driving home from work yesterday I heard some comments on the public option from our smarmy, moralistic friend Joe Lieberman.  He said:

“It doesn’t help one poor person get insurance who doesn’t have it now. It doesn’t compel one insurance company to provide insurance to somebody who has an illness. And . . . it doesn’t do anything to reduce the cost of insurance.”

That was it.  That was what NPR put out on the airwaves.  And I was infuriated.  What the hell do statements like that mean?  And why the hell should I believe them out of the mouth of the Senator from Connecticut?  It drives me crazy when these kinds of unsubstantiated assertions get airtime without being questioned.  Come on, people … he’s from Connecticut, for goodness sakes!

Connecticut has the highest U.S. concentration of insurance jobs, with the industry accounting for about 64,000 jobs as of June 2009, according to the state’s labor department. That’s down 23 percent from the 83,000 jobs in 1990, although the state projects a slow growth of 4 percent through 2014. The state is home to 72 insurance headquarters, with three times the U.S. average of insurance jobs as a percent of total state employment. The state’s unemployment rate currently stands at 8.6 percent.  From The Hill.

Lieberman touts himself as an independent, but I seriously doubt him on this one.  Check out his contributers at OpenSecrets.org.  Interesting numbers.  The Finance/Insurance/Real Estate sector is far and away his biggest backer … this is over the span of his illustrious career.  And you say you’re independent, Joe?

Sector Total PACs Indivs
Agribusiness $367,947 $116,175 $251,772
Communications/Electronics $1,419,056 $294,971 $1,124,085
Construction $973,457 $144,099 $829,358
Defense $592,434 $302,834 $289,600
Energy & Natural Resources $750,271 $268,582 $481,689
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $10,059,492 $1,102,341 $8,957,151
Health $2,399,701 $573,849 $1,825,852
Lawyers & Lobbyists $4,045,367 $274,665 $3,770,702
Transportation $467,595 $182,945 $284,650
Misc Business $3,985,483 $533,869 $3,451,614
Labor $489,397 $484,397 $5,000
Ideological/Single-Issue $2,894,669 $704,287 $2,190,382
Other $3,024,411 $2,000 $3,022,411

I wish that NPR hadn’t given him the air time without comment/question. A simple “On what basis do you make these assertions?” would have sufficed. Damn – an opportunity missed.  Oh well – I do think I need to let it go.

Here in Canterbury the day is moving forward with or without me.  I am in major divestiture mode for some reason – sloughing off unused belongings left and right.  Definitely feels good, although there’s the potential to get carried away.  So slow down, JordanCornblog.  Breathe …

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