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1. Charles Murray’s latest post on Asians’ lack of social conservatism. Matt Yglesias foamed at the mouth on Twitter calling Murray’s post “racist bullshit.” Then Richard Posner posted on the same subject at Slate, where Yglesias works.
2. At Ezra Klein’s blog, Sarah Kliff lays out some of the ins and outs of who will be covered by Obamacare. It left me way more confused than before. I read this and just see large piles of paperwork sitting on my computer desk that I’ll someday toss in the trash. It also creates room for more “policy liasons” who bridge the gap between the public consumers of health insurance and the nation forcing them to own it:
This all seems pretty confusing. Who is going to explain what this all means for me, specifically? A great question! The health-care law does require states to provide access to “navigators,” individuals who will assist with outreach and help answer questions about best options. There are also non-profit groups, like Enroll America, who are trying to do this kind of work. Insurance agents may also play a role too, given their expertise in the industry.
3. Glenn Reynolds discusses how marginal tax rates will impact freelance work. More and more people are working as freelancers. When you have a traditional job, you pretty much have a set income which is taxed at the prevailing rate. Being self-employed, to a degree, freelancers might slack off at the end of the year to avoid tipping over into a higher tax bracket.
5. A bartender who is tired of people who, after she tells them she’s a bartender, asks her what she “wants to do”. I get this a lot. And though being a waiter isn’t what I do actually want to do, the insinuation that my occupation isn’t a “real job” pisses me off.