Kay SteigerOct 30, 2007
Over at Campus Progress (full disclosure: they pay my salary), UC-Santa Barbara student Kristen Tucker highlights an army of young conservatives, more commonly known as the Young America's Foundation, who gathered for a weekend of Ronald Reagan -worship and some good old-fashioned Muslim-bashing at a seminar at the Gipper's ranch called "Radical Islam 101: Defining America’s Enemy & Developing A Strategy For Success." It's all in the wake of Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week , the David Horowitz -orchestrated press campaign. Many people used to criticize liberals for looking back longingly on the Clinton years, but conservatives have one of their own in the White House. Certainly Bush champions the conservative cause far more than Reagan ever did, especially when it comes to the cultural agenda. And yet, Tucker reports, these young conservatives look back longingly on the Reagan years -- even though they are all too young to have experienced them -- and "resurrecting Reagan and...
Kay SteigerOct 19, 2007
The NYTimes reports today that a panel from the Institute of Medicine tested 53 drugs and 37 different psychotherapy approaches. All of the methods tested were inconclusive or ineffective. What this means is that it's unclear how to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It will take a lot more research to figure out how to effectively treat veterans with PTSD, and they may eventually find that there's no one cure-all. Except, perhaps, not sending soldiers to war in the first place. --Kay Steiger
Kay SteigerOct 15, 2007
Via Kaiser's Daily Women's Health Policy Report . The Virginian-Pilot looked into the Navy's new policy for pregnant sailors. Previously, they were only allowed four months of shore time following childbirth, but the new policy allows for a year of shore time. The number of single mothers in the Navy appears to be rising slightly: 15 percent in 2005, up from 11 percent in 2003 and 7 percent in 2001. This is hardly surprising, considering that the military is actually an economically favorable option for non-college educated women. The military provides health insurance and good pay, but for all that, a young female soldier has has more to contend with when it comes to advancement. A Navy training video called "Give Yourself a Chance" shown to women when they enlist in the Navy depicts an actress dressed in uniform who warns, "getting pregnant while assigned to sea duty disrupts her qualification process." Unsurprisingly, giving birth in the military means you won't get promoted as...
Kay SteigerOct 11, 2007
Apparently Britain is also struggling with care for veterans. Reuters reports today that the UK government is upping the amount paid out to soldiers wounded in battle. What I found interesting is that they previously paid a fixed amount to wounded soldiers. British veterans, called "War Pensioners," are already covered under NHS [PDF] like other British citizens. It's true that the NHS struggles with prioritizing care for soldiers amid the other demands for health care, but the debate isn't over how much health care funding should go to veterans, it is over how much extra the British should pay out to soldiers that suffered traumatic injuries. --Kay Steiger
Kay SteigerOct 10, 2007
The AP reports that a Census Bureau analysis shows the federal tax system doesn't exactly distribute the wealth evenly, "[W]ealthy states pay more than poor ones, blue states subsidize red states and states with powerful politicians on key House and Senate committees fare well in federal spending." Hardly surprising, considering that all states need federal programs of some kind, and when Republicans in red states are elected on a platform of no new taxes, those states end up with shortages. These shortages also end up getting paid for by favors on the federal level. It all works out pretty well, except that this whole Republican show about not raising taxes is a farce. Nothing new, but someone should start pointing this out to people who keep voting for the tax breaks but use federal programs and services. --Kay Steiger