We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Betsy McCaughey is indeed "our" most dependable policy wonk when it comes to outrageous health care schemes cooked up by Dimocrats. Deroy Murdock's piece is just a very brief synopisis- I would like to see the longer WSJ piece by Betsy if it is available on line.
And yes, my recollection is that Hillary's plan was sailing along in calm seas until it was torpedoed with a surprise direct hit by Betsy's analysis when she was at the Manhattan Institute. Thank God.
Let's hope Betsy can repeat with this latest abomination being force-fed by the Dimocrats. And let's make 'em pay big time in '10 for their "audacity of hope", just like Newt did to 'em in '94. And finish 'em off in '12, Obama, too, unlike we we were able to do to Clinton in '96.
Punter ... We're just listening to Kathleen Sibelius being interviewed by Bret Stephens [?] on Fox News right now, and the woman is extremely slippery in evading the giving of any substantive answers to questions about the Obamacare Universal Health Care Rationing bill. An artful dodger indeed. Bret keeps trying to back her into a corner on how the bill will "allow" or not allow treatments of various sorts to be carried out on individuals. I found an article two or three days ago about the planned bill and it said that 65 will be considered the cut-off point for expensive surgeries and other expensive treatments, like heart bypasses, joint replacements and other major remedies for injuries and plain old wearing-out of one's body. And who will make these judgment calls? A civilian board, that's who. Made up of whom? Politicians and lawyers? Oh, yeah. We all know how smart they are. What's more, the board will try to prevent us, the patients, from undertaking to pay for these remedies ourselves. I told you. We're doomed by ignoramuses.
Speaking of 'civilians,' earlier we listened to two lawyers arguing about how long Madoff's sentence should be, and the young woman lawyer said that for Madoff, who is 71 [a mere boy] that 10 years would be a life sentence. Oh really! I'm still going strong at 81, and my husband at 84. How inconvenient of us.
I'm trying to fight back for all of us. You may be still a relatively young person who is unusually wise, but all of maggiesfarmers and their commenters will hit the great 65 eventually. And they'll send the Fateful Gurney for you as well.
As Ben Franklyn said, "if we don't all hang together, then assuredly we will all hang separately."