A rare in person Need to Know this week as Jay and Mona participated in the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit. One of the sharpest writers on Earth, Kevin Williamson, drops in to talk about the changing complexions of the Democratic and Republican parties, what it’s like to write for an Indian newspaper, and other things. There is even a dose of pop culture. Good cheer all around.

Music is the Washington Post March by John Phillip Sousa

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  1. Profile photo of Lily Bart Member

    Mona thinks ‘we’ should provide healthcare insurance for people just above the “medicaid levels”.

    Can we please talk about the morality of forcing 3rd parties – actual strangers – to fund the health insurance costs of the lower middle class to make this group’s life easier? Because this isn’t charity anymore, these people are not indigent. This is wealth transfer – each according to his need, each according to his ability.

    • #1
    • March 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  2. Profile photo of ParisParamus Member

    What would a song called The Washington Post March Sound Like if written today–I don’t really want to find out!

    i had no idea what this iconic piece of music was called. Thank you for educating me.

    Afterwards, I proceeded to Spotify search “Sousa” and see how many other marches remained heretofore nameless. I was shocked to learn that the “Monty Python Theme is a Sousa march. How is it that I didn’t know that?!

    • #2
    • March 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm
  3. Profile photo of Mona Charen Contributor

    ParisParamus (View Comment):
    What would a song called The Washington Post March Sound Like if written today–I don’t really want to find out!

    i had no idea what this iconic piece of music was called. Thank you for educating me.

    Afterwards, I proceeded to Spotify search “Sousa” and see how many other marches remained heretofore nameless. I was shocked to learn that the “Monty Python Theme is a Sousa march. How is it that I didn’t know that?!

    Yep. Except the Python crew added the squishy sound!

    • #3
    • March 19, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Lily Bart (View Comment):
    Mona thinks ‘we’ should provide healthcare insurance for people just above the “medicaid levels”.

    Can we please talk about the morality of forcing 3rd parties – actual strangers – to fund the health insurance costs of the lower middle class to make this group’s life easier? Because this isn’t charity anymore, these people are not indigent. This is wealth transfer – each according to his need, each according to his ability.

    You are right. But the government has put its weight on the scale for so many others already. Those who get insurance through their employers get taxpayer support. As do the poor. The problem with a steep benefit loss after leaving Medicaid is that it becomes a disincentive to seek work.

    If the government is going to provide support for health insurance, I would prefer that it be done through tax credits to purchase insurance, so that at least you can get some market mechanisms, rather than through Medicaid expansion. Wouldn’t you?

    • #4
    • March 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  5. Profile photo of Saint Augustine Member

    Thank you, Jay: One of the best things you can do to serve others is to take care of yourself.

    Amen, amen.

    Kant agrees. J. S. Mill agrees.

    • #5
    • March 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm
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    Mona Charen (View Comment):

    Lily Bart (View Comment):
    …..see above……

    You are right. But the government has put its weight on the scale for so many others already. Those who get insurance through their employers get taxpayer support. As do the poor. The problem with a steep benefit loss after leaving Medicaid is that it becomes a disincentive to seek work.

    If the government is going to provide support for health insurance, I would prefer that it be done through tax credits to purchase insurance, so that at least you can get some market mechanisms, rather than through Medicaid expansion. Wouldn’t you?

    Mona: To the extent that Tax Credits (EITC / CTC and now the proposed Health Insurance Tax Credit) create a negative tax liability, it IS welfare. Also, there is known to be quite of bit of fraud in the EITC program, will this be the same for the healthcare credits?

    Also, this attempt to correct one perversity – uneven tax treatment for employer healthcare insurance versus individual insurance, you create another one – more people paying little to no fed income tax – more people with ‘no skin” in the game, and feeling that the financing of government is someone else’s problems .

    Also, I don’t know if you noticed this, but “we’re” out of money ($20 trillion in debt, plus unfunded liabilities, and growing everyday).

    Further, with growing government, its becoming common for people to believe that government’s job is to make their lives easier.

    • #6
    • March 20, 2017 at 6:40 am