Comparison you didn’t notice (2) …

Matthew Dowd
@matthewjdowd

We are not in the top ten countries in the world in rankings on freedom, democracy, health, happiness, quality of life, education, income and sex and race equality. Maybe we should let go of American exceptionalism and begin to learn from countries that are doing better than us.

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Comparison you didn’t notice (1) …

Ro Khanna
@RoKhanna
The average cost of tuition of public universities around the world:

Denmark: $0
Estonia: $0
Finland: $0
Germany: $0
Norway: $0
Poland: $0
Slovakia: $0
Slovenia: $0
Sweden : $0
United States: $10,486

It’s no wonder we have a student debt crisis. Let’s cancel student debt, pass College for All, and finally move forward as a nation.

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Texas’ utility incompetence brings havoc, steep price-tag, hundreds of miles North and South

Texas’ deep freeze didn’t just disrupt natural gas supplies throughout Lone Star country—its effects rippled across the country, extending as far north as Minnesota. There, gas utilities had to pay $800 million more than they anticipated during the event, and Minnesota regulators are furious.

“The ineptness and disregard for common-sense utility regulation in Texas makes my blood boil and keeps me up at night,” Katie Sieben, chairwoman of the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, told The Washington Post. “It is maddening and outrageous and completely inexcusable that Texas’s lack of sound utility regulation is having this impact on the rest of the country.”

The gas and electric markets in Texas are lightly regulated and highly competitive, which has pushed companies to deliver energy at the lowest possible cost. But it also means that many companies were ill-prepared when the mercury dropped. To save money, they had skimped on winterizing their equipment. As a result, gas lines across the state—which has about 23 percent of the country’s reserves—quite literally froze. The spot price of natural gas soared to 70-times what it would normally be in Minnesota, and gas utilities paid a hefty premium when they used the daily market to match demand.

Some places in this Land of Freedom … that slogan means local political hacks have all the freedom in the world to be dumb as a hoe handle.