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1. Mass. health care debate pits cost vs. quality — and young vs. old (Glaeser) The Boston Globe
2. Science policy: Beyond the great and good (Jasanoff) Nature
3. With US shift to Asia, Nato faces new era (Burns) Associate Foreign Press
4. Urging women to Be All That You Can’t Be (Kayyem) The Boston Globe
Mass. health care debate pits cost vs. quality — and young vs. old
The Boston Globe
Commentary by: Edward Glaeser, Taubman Center, Rappaport Institute
Topic: The healthcare debate in Massachusetts
Though education spared Massachusetts the fate of other former industrial states, like Michigan, we have an odd way of showing that our future depends on human capital. In 2001, the Commonwealth spent $8.3 billion (in current dollars) on education and a larger but still comparable amount, $10.8 billion, on health care. But in Governor Patrick’s 2013 budget, the gap is far wider: The $15.2 billion for health care is more than double the $6.9 billion he proposes for education.
This comparison hints at the stakes as the House and Senate discuss bills to restrain health spending. Unless lawmakers succeed, rising medical spending threatens to crowd out everything else, including the schooling that will determine Massachusetts’ economic future. …
Science policy: Beyond the great and good
Quoted: Sheila Jasanoff
Topic: Scientific advising in politics
… the theory and analysis of scientific advice needs to better inform its practice. There is now a wealth of empirical research into how advisory processes operate; a recent exercise led by the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, UK, sought to identify the most pressing questions about the relationship between science and policy.
Sheila Jasanoff , professor of science and technology studies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, argues that “good science in public decision-making cannot be divorced from deeper reflection on the ways in which democracies should reason”. We think that CSAs would benefit from processes of learning and reflection that are more systematic.
With US shift to Asia, Nato faces new era
Associated Foreign Press
Quoted: Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center
Topic: US involvement in NATO
… Despite the much-publicized US shift to Asia, the looming crisis over Iran's nuclear program remains a top priority on both sides of the Atlantic, and could well draw Nato into diplomatic and military action. …
For peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and military action as a last resort, Nato remains the world's "best first responder," said Nicholas Burns, a former senior American diplomat who once served as US ambassador to the alliance. Burns recalled when America tried to forge ahead without its partners on the other side of the Atlantic under ex-president George W Bush, with disastrous consequences.
Unilateralists "were the people who said, particularly after 9/11, it's our way or the highway. And you know, if you're not with us, you're against us and we'll go it alone if we have to. "But we found out what that's like, and it didn't work very well for our country," Burns said in a March speech. …
Urging women to Be All That You Can’t Be
The Boston Globe
Commentary by: Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Center
Topic: Women in the military
President Obama’s commencement address to the graduating class at Barnard College on Monday had no throwaway lines. It was for and about women; choosing a women’s college for a highly touted presidential graduation speech was a signal that Democrats will use every opportunity to make gender, and gender rights, a political issue this fall.
And after invoking the usual platitudes, Obama included an eye-opening line: “Until a girl can imagine herself, can picture herself as a computer programmer, or a combatant commander, she won’t become one.” The president fully understands that the rules excluding women from combat pretty much rule out the possibility that she can ever aspire to be a combatant commander. This was Obama’s way of signaling that he will change those rules if he’s reelected. …
Reuters TV 5/15
Topic: The JP Morgan loss
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