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[snip] "The logic of consumer-driven health care assumes that unnecessary doctor visits and procedures lie at the heart of America's health-care inflation," states the Economist. In fact, "most American health-care spending is on people with chronic diseases, such as diabetics, whose health care costs many thousands of dollars a year, easily exceeding even high deductibles. . . . Critics worry that greater cost-consciousness will deter people, particularly poor people, from essential preventive medical care, a trend that could even raise long-term costs. A classic study by the Rand Corporation in the 1970s showed that higher cost-sharing reduced both necessary and unnecessary medical spending in about equal proportion."

[snip] What candidate for governor can say "structural deficit"? "Every year what the state collects in tax revenue is less than what it would cost to maintain the same level of services funded the prior year after adjusting for inflation," notes the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Its executive director, Ralph Martire, attributes this structural deficit to the fact that Illinois' tax system "looks nothing like the modern economy," relying heavily on local property taxes, a sales tax that focuses on products rather than services, and an income tax that falls most heavily on those least able to pay. Without reform, "Illinois will continually have to reduce the amount of public services it provides from one year to the next."

[snip] Yeah, but how many assistant professors get to work their way up to district manager? James Joyner at "Because the academic market is so tight, universities have adopted virtually the same attitude toward aspiring professors as Wal-Mart does to prospective stockers."

[snip] "George Bush and Rod Blagojevich have a couple of shared habits we need to shed," former alderman turned gubernatorial candidate Edwin Eisendrath told the City Club of Chicago recently. "First, they name their laws. No Child Left Behind. All Kids. . . . Second, they pass costs down to local governments, unfunded mandates or just changes in the way project costs are shared. Recently the governor deeded back to Vermilion County 92 miles of roads with no funds to maintain them. . . . Of course the biggest example of pushing costs down to local taxpayers is the state's historic failure to pay for education."

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