Feb 17 2021 Wednesday
Skip delivers some political verse
They thought that Trump was their messiah,
Then some learned he was only a liar.
He lured them to riot,
Then he got pretty quiet
That’s how he became a presidential pariah.
Part 1: what the pandemic has exposed about our healthcare system
Marshall Auerback is a writer and market strategist, with 30 years’ experience in the investment management business. He also serves as a Research Associate for the Levy Institute, and a Research Fellow for the Economists for Peace and Security. He was previously a Director of Institutional Partnerships for the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). He also has a unique global perspective, having lived and been employed in Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York, as well as working and traveling extensively in the developing world.
We talk with him about infrastructure. The pandemic has brought into focus the poor healthcare infrastructure in the US. Health care is employer-based, and when people lose their jobs, they lose their healthcare. We need a better option that not only provides for true healthcare, but is cheaper and more efficient.
COVID-19 Necessitates a New Approach to Health Care By Marshall Auerback americancompass.org
Part 2: a discussion about Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
We talk with Dave Chapman, who runs Long Wind Farm in Vermont and is the Executive Director of the Real Organic Project. He is a founding member of the Vermont Organic Farmers. He has been active in the movement to Keep The Soil In Organic. He is proud to be a current member of the Policy Committee of the Organic Farmers Association. He served on the USDA Hydroponic Task Force. Dave serves in a Farmer position.
Biden’s Buddy Tom Vilsack Is No Friend to Farmers Confirming him as secretary of agriculture adds insult to the Democratic Party’s long record of malign neglect toward rural Americans
Is Tom Vilsack the changed person he says he is to lead USDA again? For decades, USDA has misappropriated resources in supporting a factory farming system that harms communities, threatens human health, perpetuates racial inequity, and destroys natural ecosystems. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/02/15/tom-vilsack-usda-agriculture-says-he-changed/4454394001/