Tell Vanderbilt Medical Center: Nurses are NOT Janitors!
Vanderbilt Medical Center has come up with an absurd way to deal with budget cuts - by having nurses clean patients’ room in addition to their already busy work load. In addition to their regular care duties, nurses will now be responsible for stripping bed linens, removing the trash, and mopping the floor after seeing patients.
Forcing this new duty on nurses will harm morale, which can lead to decreased patient satisfaction. In addition, this new task may be exposing patients to potential harm. Bed linens and trash cans typically contain bodily fluids. Forcing nurses to clean these areas could lead to cross contamination, a potential hazard to patients.
The Left Pushes Back
For more than 30 years, we’ve witnessed failed policy after failed policy, executed by both Democrats and Republicans, which have done nothing to help working class Americans, and everything to increase the power of corporate America and of the wealthy elite.
We’re witnessing a 3-act play in America, and it’s called “The Great Rejection of the Reagan Revolution.”
Turns out the real government moocher is Big Agriculture, not clever poor people picking our pockets.
(Of course we already knew that, but here are the figures/stats to back it up.)
If the country had anything more than a vestigial moral conscience — which is to say, if it could exercise its moral conscience in some way other than lobbing humanitarian ordinance into the desert — the fact that we are fighting now only over how much to cut the SNAP program, rather than whether to cut it at all, should make us all go off into the wilderness and eat insects in shame, especially since, as we now know, the real moochers in our midst are not the poor people who get to eat government cheese with every meal.
In a report released this week, the USDA inspector general said the agency spent nearly $15 million on undue payouts through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation while issuing no major overpayments for nutrition assistance, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly known as food stamps. Overpayments are defined as payouts that rise at least 50 percent higher than the correct amount while totaling at least $5,000 per individual or $25,000 per organization, according to the analysis.
So the real beneficiary of big government is Big Agriculture. That’s what bleeding the system…..
Rand and Ron Paul denounce net neutrality and the public domain
Rand and Ron Paul have penned an Internet Freedom manifesto that is pretty terrible. It pans the idea of net neutrality, arguing that the phone companies who receive gigantic government handouts in the form of cheap (or free) rights of ways and hold natural monopolies over our connectivity should be able to use that government largesse to run a protection racket in which any website that doesn’t pay for “premium carriage” will be slowed down when you or I try to visit them. They also denounce the public domain as a collectivist plot, and argue that government monopolies over knowledge should be extended, and that tax-dollars should be used to enforce them. TechDirt’s Mike Masnick has some choice words for the Pauls: