Chad had told us California was a disaster. Well, it's been a few months. How bad is it? Pretty much as good as you could hope for. And as Bill Maher discusses here on a rant about how things are great in places where the tea party gets booted, single payer could come next in California. If so it will be an enormous success. We know that already. And then maybe we can debunk the rest of the errors on the right. Among the most urgent: global warming.
What about France? S&P has downgraded them, and one might be tempted to think that's a sign that they aren't performing well. As Krugman explains here though that's really not true.
The American people seem to be learning a bit. The tea party took it on the chin last Tuesday, and that was good news for Social Security. These are good signs. I'd read recently that research shows that when people are confronted with evidence that contradicts their beliefs (for instance the right wing being wrong all the time) the initial reaction is to dig in and hold to the erroneous opinions even tighter. But then, over time, opinions can start to change as more and more evidence accumulates. The evidence is always against them. They're hostile to facts and science. But with time these things can be beaten back.