The folks over at the NC Justice Center offered up a double-whammy this week of self-contradiction. First up, Adam Searing penned this op-ed in the N&O urging Congress to pass some version of health care “reform” (public opinion be damned, of course).
He points out that, under the current, mostly-government run system, “Health insurance has never been more expensive than it is today for individuals, businesses and governments. The growth is unsustainable.”
Yet in the same article, he makes the claim that the reform he advocates for is “No scary ‘socialist’ takeover of health care here – just quietly building on the current system.”
So why would he want to build upon the current system he readily admits as being unsustainable?
Moving on, NC Policy Watch discusses the rapid rise in food stamp recipients in North Carolina over the past year, noting “More than 1.2 million people in the state now receive food stamps. That is up 24 percent over a year ago.”
But in a recent post, Policy Watch defended the federal stimulus package, supporting the claims of an area economist.
…money spent on food stamps or unemployment directly stimulates the economy because people almost always spend it. That helps create jobs.
So if spending more money on food stamps “helps create jobs,” and North Carolina saw a jump of 24% in food stamp recipients last year – where are the jobs?