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Monday, June 8. 2009
Image on right via Driscoll's Newsweek meets Muggeridge's Law
From space biz to govt: Get out of our way
By far, America's best-selling vehicle
No sign of housing recovery yet
The effects of the proposed Weather Tax. Just the most recent excuse for another tax on the American economy to expand government's dominion over our lives. Governments are power-sponges, and I do not know why. Perhaps it's about their job security, since they probably can't do anything else.
Why would they blame Harvard for this? Sheesh. All Harvard did was to give her the chance of a lifetime, and she acted like a normal teenaged idiot.
Like we predicted: Stimulus Bill officially a failure. But not really, since its real purpose was election pay-off.
Related: George Will gets it -
Propaganda or Economics? Elizabeth Warren and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Utterly Misleading Bankruptcy Study
The Kennedy bill would force employers to pay for medical insurance. More on the Dems' medical care plans, and how they want to pay for it (we will pay for it, of course). Their plan is to subsidize this "insurance" with tax dollars in order to drive private insurors out of business, and to reimburse docs and dentists and hospitals at Medicare rates - which will drive them out of business. I would term this a very aggressive Socialist plan to politicize medical care and to place medical care completely in the hands of the government, with their expert, cost-conscious panels deciding what you can do based on the data du jour and cost-effectiveness. By the way, this is "insurance" in name only - it's supposed to pay all of your medical expenses. That ain't insurance - it's an entitlement.
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Cornell West's prophetic public intellectualism
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The column by retired Army officer Ralph Peters in The Journal of International Security Affairs should be widely circulated.
I saw him on Fox cable last week and felt the exact same way. Of course, he'll not be invited to speak on any other network, but at least Fox has triple the ratings of any other channel.
God I hate Elizabeth Warren: "Life is so hard. You'll never get by. It's not your fault." Ick.
Msr. Peters is picking at an old wound which refuses to heal because of wonders of US democracy.
Ever since enlightened mobsters took the laurels minus any achievement to merit them in the 1960's, America proves it sucks at war.
Hussein0 is determined to set the fact in granite.
Thanks for the link. I'll never get the hang of your trackback thing. (Tried right clicking, cutting and pasting, but no go)
After reading the article about Elizabeth Warren this final nod nearly did me in: "Elizabeth Warren is now in charge of overseeing the TARP program for Congress. "
It is as if we have a severe case of political poison ivy creeping across our sensibilities. We have to wake up.
The Image of antiChrist link is a side splitter.
Tuning to Fatboy this morning he swears it aint so, despite his year long sales campaign selling Hussein0 as the messiah.
Mudboy is only another lousy liar headed for the open arms of the Muhammadan devil-god.
The "public option" healthcare reform is going to effectively eliminate private health insurance, except possibly for a few very wealthy people who can choose to pay for care at an entirely private facility with either private health insurance or out of pocket. The rest of us will see taxes up, economic growth down, long waits for routine services and denial of some kinds of care. We'll have a two-tier health care system and if "progressives" try to outlaw the Stateside upper tier, it will move overseas.
This is the track record of "health care reform" in the industrial world.
If people want to help other people out with their health care bills, look up local charities. If people want to cost-share their health care bills, get the most comprehensive insurance program you can pay for. If you want the best of all worlds, try what I did: 20 years of active duty and retire to a medical plan and pension. That makes it easy for me to ignore the rain and I know that.
If you don't like the Canadian and British health care models, vote conservative. Always.
Sigh. You are most likely correct. And the odd bit is that people argue over how damn expensive insurance is without ever pricing it. Their paid-through-work-benefits insurance has them thinking "I could never afford that."
It is actually very affordable. I almost wish employers had never offered it... and we had been paying for our own all these years. Then we wouldn't be where we are now.
You're exactly right. Personal responsibility means taking care of yourself, and if you're buying insurance on your own, as you are talking about, and your company raises your rates because you smoke or are overweight, it puts the ball back in your park. But your main point - we'd be used to it is right-on. My daughter just bought insurance online. $43 a month for full coverage.
Yep. I've been paying it for myself for almost 3 years ... while semi retired. Very affordable. (Semi retired is politically correct speak for unemployed.)
Geoff, I hope your optimism about TriCare remaining untouched is correct. But it wouldn't surprise me at all if it were to be impacted along with everything else.
TriCare will suffer shortages of available providers and services with everyone else. Of course it will. The most socialized healthcare systems in the U.S. are the Indian Health Service and military healthcare. Both require the free-market civilian system to back them up. When I was stationed at Landstuhl and worked in a specialty clinic, we were the only providers for Americans in Europe. Our waiting time for routine surgical procedures was in weeks.
What I meant was that I have an awfully good insurance program now. As the saying goes, you can ignore the rain when you have an umbrella. When we're all socialized, we'll all have to wait and wait and wait.
Obama's agenda comes from doctrinaire leftism. There, that was easy enough.