THE COST OF HEALTHCARE FRAUD
Source: Compliance and Safety via Minerva

THE COST OF HEALTHCARE FRAUD

Source: Compliance and Safety via Minerva

CHALK, THE GATEWAY ART SUPPLY
(via Chalk a Sidewalk, Go to Jail | Mother Jones)

CHALK, THE GATEWAY ART SUPPLY

(via Chalk a Sidewalk, Go to Jail | Mother Jones)

DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE “NO TAX INCREASE” CAMPAIGN (click to enlarge image)
A report by the Institute for Taxation Policy shows how states with higher taxes have at least as good or even better economic performance than states with no taxes.
"Voodoo economics" or supply side economics (Authur Laffer) claims reducing taxes increases revenues. This data collected over ten years and other analyses consistently show there is no voodoo magic and Republican rhetoric, however much repeated, will never make it true! 

DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE “NO TAX INCREASE” CAMPAIGN (click to enlarge image)

A report by the Institute for Taxation Policy shows how states with higher taxes have at least as good or even better economic performance than states with no taxes.

"Voodoo economics" or supply side economics (Authur Laffer) claims reducing taxes increases revenues. This data collected over ten years and other analyses consistently show there is no voodoo magic and Republican rhetoric, however much repeated, will never make it true! 

KILLINGS IN SYRIA, IN LAST 15 MONTHS.
Syrian uprising: One-year of bloodshed - The Washington Post
PROBLEM: SMALLER GOVERNMENT = HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT
This may not be self-evident but there is something in this chart that is important if one is to make sense of the uniformed political bickering over minimizing the size of government and minimizing unemployment. The truth is that it is impossible to do both simultaneously!
The difference in height of the red (unemployment) and blue (unemployment excluding government job losses) curves is government job losses as a percent of total employment.
You will notice that since October 2009 the percentage of government job losses has generally increased. In April 2012 unemployment without government job losses is about 7.2% and the overall unemployment of 8.2% is an amount inflated by the 1% contribution of unemployment job losses.
Prognosticators have said that Obama wins in November if unemployment reached 8% of less. Well private employment has consistently increased for at least a year. Unfortunately the private economy has not yet been unable to grow sufficiently fast to compensate for the government layoffs the Obama administration has found necessary to reduce government employment below the record levels of the Bush 2 administration!
So rather than blaming Obama for the lack of jobs it would be far more appropriate to acknowledge that not only has the administration supported conditions conducive to private growth, he has also significantly reduced the size of the previous government! 
(via The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast)

PROBLEM: SMALLER GOVERNMENT = HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT

This may not be self-evident but there is something in this chart that is important if one is to make sense of the uniformed political bickering over minimizing the size of government and minimizing unemployment. The truth is that it is impossible to do both simultaneously!

The difference in height of the red (unemployment) and blue (unemployment excluding government job losses) curves is government job losses as a percent of total employment.

You will notice that since October 2009 the percentage of government job losses has generally increased. In April 2012 unemployment without government job losses is about 7.2% and the overall unemployment of 8.2% is an amount inflated by the 1% contribution of unemployment job losses.

Prognosticators have said that Obama wins in November if unemployment reached 8% of less. Well private employment has consistently increased for at least a year. Unfortunately the private economy has not yet been unable to grow sufficiently fast to compensate for the government layoffs the Obama administration has found necessary to reduce government employment below the record levels of the Bush 2 administration!

So rather than blaming Obama for the lack of jobs it would be far more appropriate to acknowledge that not only has the administration supported conditions conducive to private growth, he has also significantly reduced the size of the previous government! 

(via The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast)

LESBIAN & GAY RIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD

LESBIAN & GAY RIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD

The Dark (red) Side of “American Exceptionalism.”

The Dark (red) Side of “American Exceptionalism.”

THE POLITICS OF AN OSTRICH - HOW LONG CAN THE G.O.P. DENY THESE POSITIVE ECONOMIC TRENDS? (Part 2)

THE POLITICS OF AN OSTRICH - HOW LONG CAN THE G.O.P. DENY THESE POSITIVE ECONOMIC TRENDS? (Part 2)

THE POLITICS OF AN OSTRICH - HOW LONG CAN THE G.O.P. DENY THESE POSITIVE ECONOMIC TRENDS? (Part 1)

THE POLITICS OF AN OSTRICH - HOW LONG CAN THE G.O.P. DENY THESE POSITIVE ECONOMIC TRENDS? (Part 1)

APPLE DEMONSTRATES THE DIFFERENT ADOPTION RATES FOR ITS PORTABLE (POCKET SIZE) GIZMOS AND ITS REGULAR DESK-TOP AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS.
Note also the acceleration in Mac adoption rate. However, Apple’s 2011 iOS sales are larger than Mac sales in last 28 years

APPLE DEMONSTRATES THE DIFFERENT ADOPTION RATES FOR ITS PORTABLE (POCKET SIZE) GIZMOS AND ITS REGULAR DESK-TOP AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS.

Note also the acceleration in Mac adoption rate. However, Apple’s 2011 iOS sales are larger than Mac sales in last 28 years