Well it’s that time of the week again where I just pick random stupid shit from the intelligence black hole that is Salon.com. Don’t why I started this, guess I’m just bored and have nothing better to do on the weekends (other than collecting eggs from my chickens). So here we go I guess.

First up is Scary lessons of Matt Bevin. Matt Bevin of course was elected as the new Governor of Kentucky who previously had challenged Mitch McConnell for the US Senate nomination last year getting 35% of the vote in the primary. Polls likewise here were predicting outgoing Attorney General Jack Conway to win the Governor’s Mansion, but keeping with the pattern of polling data either underestimating or getting the outcome completely wrong (UK, Israel, Canada), Bevin ended up winning by 9 points. This means Medicaid expansion could be reversed and the Obamacare exchange phased out for the federal program. The article contains the following:

Carter Price, a mathematician at RAND Corp. found in a study of Pennsylvania that expanding Medicaid would add $3 billion to state GDP and support 35,000 jobs. In an early study (from 2013) with Christine Eibner, a senior Eeconomist at Rand, examining the 14 states that had at that time refused to expand Medicaid, Price and Eibner find that, “we project that fully expanding Medicaid eligibility could reduce mortality by 90,000 lives per year. The mortality reduction would be only 71,000 lives per year if fourteen states opted out of the expansion.” Research by Samuel Dickman and colleagues at Harvard and CUNY suggests that the failure to expand Medicaid will lead to 7,115 to 17,104 deaths, 712,037 additional people suffering from depression and 240,700 people with catastrophic medical bills. A recent Urban Institute study finds that “Six states would see their uninsured populations reduced by about 40 percent or more if they implemented the Medicaid expansion.” Full expansion would lead to 4.3 million people getting insurance and dramatic reductions in uncompensated care (between $5 billion and $10 billion).

I don’t know how the hell they managed to pull that out of their asses, but Medicaid like all other welfare programs is going bankrupt and will soon be insolvent. We’ve got over 18 trillion in debt! To boot that, Medicaid doesn’t provide that good of care due to the simple fact it’s a government program. Then they say this:

A vast political science of the Medicaid expansion suggests that politics, not a state’s need, determines whether it takes advantage of the opportunity to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

Uh no, it’s because it’d be bankrupting for any state government as what will happen in Ohio thanks to leftist turncoat John Kasich. Go check it out for yourself if you’d like.

Next up is David Vitter’s Hooker Shock. It’s not so much the column itself, rather it’s the simple fact Salon.com let a fucking peodophile write for them. Then again, consistency is hard I guess.

Finally we have The Kochs have already won. Charles and David Koch went on to be interviewed by Joe Scarborough of MSNBC. Basically tge column has the typical talking points known for on the left. Then there’s this bit:

Koch is missing the point. If the top one-tenth of one percent of Americans own most of the wealth in this country and if political influence scales with income, then we don’t have anything like a democracy. It doesn’t matter how noble Koch imagines his ideas to be; the point is that his ideas are shaping our system in disproportionate ways, and that’s because of his wealth. When Koch “gives money to slant it” his way, as he put it, he’s subverting democracy, whether he acknowledges it or not. And he can bemoan the process all he wants, but the fact remains: He’s exploited the system as effectively as anyone in American politics. Yet he speaks as though he’s outside the system, as though he’s working to fix it.

So what? What’s so bad about two rich guys trying to shrink the size of government to benefit everyone? Well that’s all I have for this week. Admittedly not as creative as I usually am, but I’ll try harder next time. Try giving me suggestions as to what Salon articles I should comment on for next time.