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Nihilist Sean Spicer @nihilistspicer
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As a not-socialist I would normally be inclined to appreciate a paper titled "The Opportunity Costs of Socialism," but boy is this a stupid clusterfuck. Let's dig in. (1/n)

whitehouse.gov/wp-content/upl…
There's a reason they look at tax progressivity only, and not net transfers or gini coefficients.

I couldn't find net transfer data for Nordic countries. But whatever they're doing is reducing the gini coefficient, which is the relevant metric. oecd.org/sweden/OECD-In… (2/n)
Income inequality should be measured with after-tax and after-transfer income. The representation of tax progressivity alone as the relevant metric is incredibly disingenuous, and the authors probably know that. (3/n)
It's genuinely hard to parse whether the paper is trying to imply that progressive taxation is "socialist and therefore bad" or "capitalist and therefore good." At first glance it seems to be the latter, but what an odd thing coming from the this administration. (4/n)
This next graphic is used to refute... *drum roll*..........

Medicare for All.

Wow. I have a couple things to say about that. (5/n)
One problem with our current healthcare system is that consumers don't have many choices to begin with. Instead of citing, say, how many healthcare providers are available to low income citizens in Wyoming, they wave a magic "competition" wand. vox.com/health-care/20… (6/n)
What sort of contortionist bullshit is it when you say "all the bad things about Sweden are socialist; all good things about Sweden aren't socialist."

Then pivot to how "cost-sharing" isn't actually socialized healthcare because it's not "free" at POS for everyone. (7/n)
Wow, look at this.

The only conclusion anyone could ever reach from this figure is that Medicare is great!

Maybe we should expand it so that everyone gets it. (8/n)
this is probably my last tweet on this for the next few hours, but if @MattBruenig had a dollar for every time Blahous 2018 is poorly cited... (9/n)
(Addendum tweet to number 6: lack of choice is more bad when your system for allocating resources works on the assumption that there are choices.) (10/n)
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