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Saturday News: “Journalism is now entertainment;” Bruce Springsteen to Boycott NC Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, April 9. Also see President Obama’s weekly address, in which he highlights “two specific steps the Administration took this week to make sure everyone plays by the same rules.”

  • Quizzical

    From The incentives to move manufacturing out of the U.S. and into Canada and Mexico, South Korea and South America are simple. Not only do other countries have lower costs of living and hourly wages, but they have some version of single-payer universal healthcare. The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world with fully privatized healthcare (excepting retirees on Medicare and low-income people on Medicaid), and no price controls exerted on healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to paying higher hourly wages, it can cost a company more than $30,000 per year per employee to provide unpredictably priced health care coverage and other standard benefits.

  • Elaine Owens

    Regarding conservative women who support misogynistic beliefs, well, they’ve been raised in a culture that traditionally has seen women as property to be cared for by men, first their fathers, then their husbands. (“Who giveth this woman to this man?”) Add to that the fact that probably the majority of them adhere to a religious faith that is so traditional that it accepts many of the horrible misogynistic ides present in all faiths in the past, and “God decided my role in life.” (Oh, yes, and God also is a male.) Psychologists also tell us that while men tend to separate themselves into a hierarchy from “strongest” to “weakest,” no matter what is being judged – sports skill, ability to earn money, etc. – women tend to form groups, the “in group” and the “out group.” Thus, people like Phyllis Schlafly, believe they are the “in” people who have to proper perspective on how women should behave., while women who seek “equality” with men are out of touch with the proper role of women.