Sunday, February 24, 2008

Governors of Both Parties Oppose Medicaid Rules - New York Times

Since the cost of Medicaid is shared by the federal and state governments, any cuts by the federal government will impact state government's budgets. Here, you can see that it's not a partisan issue. Governor's of both parties are seeking to reduce the impact on their state budgets. But, as we will discuss in class, the cost of Medicare is rising rapidly, so, the federal government, naturally, needs to reduce the cost of the program, or raise taxes. What do you think? Are these rule changes too stringent, or are they a prudent cost-cutting measure?
Governors of Both Parties Oppose Medicaid Rules - New York Times

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Political Blogging Scholarship

Do you have a political blog, or are you thinking about starting one? You could receive a $2000 scholarship if you enter this contest:
The Political Blogging Scholarship

Monday, February 4, 2008

Even as the Candidates Make Nice, the TV Crew Hopes for a Fight - New York Times

I thought this article was interesting because we commonly think of the media as the primary source for understanding the positions of the candidates. When you read this, consider, to what extent can we trust the media to provide that important function in a democratic society? Are there other institutions better suited to provide that role (providing information about candidates)?