Affordable housing and health care costs are terms with considerable emotional appeal that politicians exploit but have absolutely no useful meaning or analytical worth. For example, can anyone tell me in actual dollars and cents the price of an affordable car, house or myomectomy? It's probably more pleasant to pretend that there is universal agreement about what is or is...
This seems related to Romney and Bain Capital, as the idea is firmly established that he was a corporate raider, with no heart, leaving people without jobs or retirements. Bain was rated among the best in turning failed businesses around, and two are constantly brought up by dolts like DWS. They were failing. That is not hard to grasp. They were not salvageable, and because sales would not support promises given to unions. Two ways to go. Socialize them, as Obama did, with GM. Chiefly a gift to the unions that had made them unprofitable, in the first place. Or take advantage of Bankruptcy restructuring, which often worked, and added to Bain Capital's reputation as the 'Go To' people when disaster loomed.
It's difficult to be a good economist and simultaneously be perceived as compassionate. To be a good economist, one has to deal with reality. To appear compassionate, often one has to avoid unpleasant questions, use "caring" terminology and view reality as optional.
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