Motivated by the current (2011) political climate in Wisconsin it seems reasonable to devote some time and effort to comment on issues and some of the hyperbola. So we in the public should do what we can to help focus "journalists" on delineating real facts versus spin. If you accept the spin you do not understand the policy implications.
Medicaid: Death by a Thousand Cuts or Ten Thousand or More
What does Governor Walker really intend to do? He wants more flexibility (block grants) from the Federal government, which I guess means he wants to decide how to spend the money, which I guess means he will decide who is eligible and what they are eligible for. I guess that is why he is also asking the Wisconsin Legislature to turn over administrative rule writing to him!
Forgive me, but I prefer this all be subject to public scrutiny and discussion. Do you really want all this decision making concentrated in the hands of one politician and his political appointees in a department decimated by retirements and layoffs?