"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query 19, 1781
This is something that ALL Americans need to remember as we continue on with the health care debate.
John at Powerline put up a post yesterday on 50 years of socialism in Cuba....
After fifty years of socialism, Cuba's economy has regressed to the point where its government is now encouraging farmers to plow with oxen. Government-owned oxen. Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Venezuela, for free, but still can't afford to run its small supply of tractors (also government-owned).
"I am thankful for the revolution," 52-year-old [Zenaida Leon] said. "But we don't get boots, tools, irrigation that works."
John then wondered aloud what the health care version of plowing with oxen would be and he got his answer in the Wall Street Journal.
In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to compare the human and veterinary health services of Great Britain, and on the whole it is better to be a dog.
As a British dog, you get to choose (through an intermediary, I admit) your veterinarian. If you don’t like him, you can pick up your leash and go elsewhere, that very day if necessary. Any vet will see you straight away, there is no delay in such investigations as you may need, and treatment is immediate. There are no waiting lists for dogs, no operations postponed because something more important has come up, no appalling stories of dogs being made to wait for years because other dogs—or hamsters—come first.
The conditions in which you receive your treatment are much more pleasant than British humans have to endure. For one thing, there is no bureaucracy to be negotiated with the skill of a white-water canoeist; above all, the atmosphere is different. There is no tension, no feeling that one more patient will bring the whole system to the point of collapse, and all the staff go off with nervous breakdowns. In the waiting rooms, a perfect calm reigns; the patients’ relatives are not on the verge of hysteria, and do not suspect that the system is cheating their loved one, for economic reasons, of the treatment which he needs. The relatives are united by their concern for the welfare of each other’s loved one. They are not terrified that someone is getting more out of the system than they.
There is no doubt that there elderly and the disabled and even the moderately ill are at risk in the British system of "public option" health care (and if you read the links you will realize that I am using the word 'care' very, very loosely).
But hey, don't listen to the words of people who have experienced a public option that is being proposed for us. After all, the man with the sterling track record of predictions on other issues, has ASSURED us that this could never happen here.....
Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer doubled down on the attacks of those who disagree with the Administrations attempt to hijack a large portion of our economy and put it under government control with this op-ed in USA Today.
'Un-American' attacks can't derail health care debate By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer
Let's take a ride in the Mr. Peabody's Way Back Machine shall we. Let's set the dial April of 2003...the place is the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner in Connecticut...the speaker - New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Over at Anti-Strib, we have only one hard core standing rule for contributors and commenters alike - if you have a disagreement with someone politically it is fine to go after that person directly, but you leave the spouse and kids completely and totally OUT OF IT! The quickest way to turn people off in any kind of an argument is to attack their momma, their wife or their kids. The only people who have ever gotten their posting or commenting priviledges suspended at AS are people who have gone after someone elses family.
Apparently Casey Jones (editorial board member at the Salt Lake Tribune) should have thought about that prior to his publishing this column on classroom "overcrowding" in Utah schools (I'll address the content of said column in another post)...
Utahns take that "be fruitful and multiply" (or is it "multi-tithe"?) command very seriously. You'd think God himself was giving the order to get it on. The state's fertility rate -- 94.4 bundles of joy per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2007 -- is by far the highest in the nation. It's not a bad thing. Large families have led to all sorts of useful inventions -- hand-me-downs, minivans, the wide-angle camera lens. Plus, I love those squalling, smelly little thumb suckers, I really do, especially in confined areas like elevators, buses and TRAX trains. But they're overwhelming our public schools...
Utahns take that "be fruitful and multiply" (or is it "multi-tithe"?) command very seriously. You'd think God himself was giving the order to get it on. The state's fertility rate -- 94.4 bundles of joy per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2007 -- is by far the highest in the nation.
It's not a bad thing. Large families have led to all sorts of useful inventions -- hand-me-downs, minivans, the wide-angle camera lens. Plus, I love those squalling, smelly little thumb suckers, I really do, especially in confined areas like elevators, buses and TRAX trains. But they're overwhelming our public schools...
I found this article to be rather interesting more because of where it came from rather than the subject itself.
Since occupying the White House, Barack Obama has hosted fifteen town-hall meetings; appeared in more than 800 images on the White House Flickr photo-stream; and held four prime-time press conferences, the same number held by George W. Bush in his entire presidency. He’s sent a video message to the people of Iran. He’s given an address in Cairo that was translated into fourteen languages. He’s sat on Jay Leno’s couch, where he riffed about the supreme strangeness of having his own motorcade (“You know, we’ve got the ambulance and then the caboose and then the dogsled”), and he’s walked Brian Williams through the White House, where he introduced the anchor to Bo the dog. Two weeks ago, when he made a controversial comment at a press conference (that the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” toward Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.), he followed up with yet another press appearance in the White House briefing room—and an exclusive interview on Nightline. And that was before he sat down for a well-publicized beer with Gates and the offending officer...
Say what you will about Barack Obama the politician, he is a MASTER of getting his face in front of a camera. If he were a Republican he would be called a "media hound" for his propensity of getting air time all the time. Instead, you are hearing....
It appears that the Cash for Clunkers program is hurting the working poor. (HT MN Rep. Laura Brod via Twitter).
Area charities reliant on car donations for funding say the government's "cash for clunkers" program might hurt them.
Officials at one charity that benefits from the proceeds generated from donated cars say the government's offer of up to $4,500 for a car can draw would-be donors away.
"If the government is going to give them a chunk of change for their clunker, then we're concerned that they're not going to come to us any longer," said Meaghan Carabello of Goodwill Industries Denver.
Higher-quality, drivable cars are preferred, but Morrow says even the oldest of cars — the clunkers — can be sold for parts or reconditioned and sold at auto auctions. Last year, Goodwill and Cars Helping Charities, the third party that takes in the donations and sells them, took in 1,900 and 3,000 donated cars, respectively. For Goodwill, that translated to about $220,000 in revenue.
Last year, Goodwill and Cars Helping Charities, the third party that takes in the donations and sells them, took in 1,900 and 3,000 donated cars, respectively.
For Goodwill, that translated to about $220,000 in revenue.
Politico tells the story of townhall meetings gone wild in this last legislative session.
Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.
On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.
Speaking of high irony.....The DNC posts a web video organizing their followers to call the RNC to protest the RNC's supposed organizing these town hall protests....
And in this case it is rich indeed.
Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.
But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.
The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.
But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials...
The Gulfstream G550 is a luxury business jet, which the company advertises as featuring long-range flight capacity that “easily links Washington, D.C., with Dubai, London with Singapore and Tokyo with Paris.” The company’s promotional materials say, “The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, a choice of 12 floor plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers.”
You know, this has got to be getting a little old for the Obama Administration.
Despite President Obama's prediction that it would create new jobs, the climate change bill passed by the House will mean fewer jobs by 2030 than if Congress did nothing at all, according to the first comprehensive study of the measure by the federal government.
The report by the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said the bill would lead to small increases in electricity costs for consumers -- what Democrats said was an affordable sacrifice for the environmental benefits of lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
"We can move to a clean energy future at a cost of less than a postage stamp per family per day," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
The report said the average cost to a household by 2020 would be $114, though those costs would more than double to $288 by 2030 as the rules on polluters tighten...
But a chart in the EIA report showed the employment rate -- just like the economy as a whole -- worsening for the first several years, improving slightly in the midterm, peaking in 2024 and then declining steadily. It showed 0.25 percent fewer jobs in 2030 under the Democrats' bill, with the manufacturing sector suffering a 2.5 percent lag.
For the economy as a whole, immediate energy price spikes would be followed by relative calm as the economy adjusted. But when stricter rules go into effect in 2025 "the rapid increase in energy prices causes the economy to contract," EIA said.
Like everything else he has "predicted" regarding his legislative agenda reality has told us a different story. Therefore how can we believe his predictions of cost savings for health care reform. Given his past track record and all....
Now that the shoe is on the other foot? Was this "dangerous and mean-spirited...
...when Vanity Fair published it? Or is it only "mean-spirited and dangerous" when it directed at a democrat?
Logical Lady Linda Chavez takes on apparently "permissible" racial profiling.
First, a bit of disclosure: I've been a Fox News contributor since 2001. I'm usually on to discuss politics or comment on a news item, including recently giving my views on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While I suppose Sanchez might read the latter as proof that Fox invited me as a "token" Hispanic conservative foil to the liberal Hispanic judge, he'd be reading into it his own biases. In fact, Fox has invited me on to discuss every Supreme Court nominee since I became a regular contributor. I was one of the earliest critics of Harriet Miers (a Bush nominee) and a staunch supporter of Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom I worked in the Reagan White House, and Justice Samuel Alito. I'm there to articulate a political point of view and to share my policy expertise, not to "represent" the views of women or Hispanics on any issue.
Mark Steyn has a hysterical post up at the Corner on the ongoing Bush Derangement Syndrome follies.
What's a columnist to do? It's getting a little old to blame Bush for the horrors of the Bush presidency. So why not blame Bush for the horrors of the Obama presidency? As a sympathetic Jacob Weisberg sees it, the understandable urge to be the unBush has sent the Obama pendulum swinging way off the charts:
Obama, who did not have much global expertise before coming to office, molded his approach around his predecessor's errors. Bush's naive idealism and unilateralism encouraged Obama's realism and multilateralism. Bush's boycott of North Korea, Cuba, and Iran fed Obama's eagerness to engage pragmatically with those tyrannies...
In so doing, Obama now faces an inverted set of hazards: getting overcommitted in Afghanistan, putting too much faith in the United Nations, accommodating dictators instead of standing up to them. Most alarmingly, given all that his predecessor did to discredit them, Obama has failed to stand up for the broader ideas of democracy promotion and humanitarian intervention. Surely if not for Bush, Obama's instinct after the Iranian election would have been to identify with those risking their lives to free their country, not to get back to his attempt at dialogue with Ahmadinejad.
So Bush is to blame for Obama kissing up to the mullahs? Brilliant! Who knew such a sober foreign-policy "realist" surrounded by the brightest minds of his generation could be so easily unhinged?
My former governor (and possible Presidential candidate in 2012) had an op-ed on health care reform in today's Washington Post that is educational reading.
If you tie money to results, you'll get better results. Unfortunately, government often dumps money into programs without regard to accountability and outcomes. This past week, Democrats in Congress have been busy tinkering with a Washington takeover of the health-care system, but perhaps they should look instead to the states for models of market-driven, patient-centered and quality-focused reform. Rather than taking power away from states, federal health-care reform should use the lessons we've learned tackling this crisis in our back yards.
You would think that this is a secret recipe for health care reform the way things are in DC today but....
In Minnesota, our state employee health-care plan has demonstrated incredible results by linking outcomes to value. State employees in Minnesota can choose any clinic available to them in the health-care network they've selected. However, individuals who use more costly and less-efficient clinics are required to pay more out-of-pocket.
Breitbart TV has an interesting video up that seems to indicate a few things about President Obama that I suspect that he doesn't want the world to know. The person who put this together found a couple of old clips of then Senator Obama speaking in front of his union supporters and the comments that he makes belie the talking points that he defenders repeat.
- Rewarding Excellence
- Eskimo On An Ice Flow
- Good News From Minnesota
- By Their Fruits....
- Founders Morning Quote
- Remember When?
- I HATE It When That Happens
- Isn't This What We have STATE Government For?
- Putting The "FUN" Into Dysfunctional
- Bush/Palin/Obama Derangement
- Health Care Done Right!
- The Immorality Of Tax-Payer Funded Abortion