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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced.
In a rational political world, this 1,990-page runaway train would have been derailed months ago. With spending and debt already at record peacetime levels, the bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics.
When it comes to "effects", the Dunning-Kruger is effect is probably second only to the Scalar-Tensor Gravitational Effect of Vacuum Decay on my list of all time favorites...especially (from the link):
"It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence because competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. ďThus, the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."
Does it apply to shrinks or is it just a one-way street? Who decides who is competent? Aye, there's the rub...
Let me separate the welfare state from proper employee management. It is proper employee management to have health insurance for federal workers and service-related health services for veterans. It is proper management to have pensions for military people who have retired or are disabled.
The rest of the federal welfare state -- Temporary Aid for Needy Families, Head Start, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, ad nauseum -- is presumptively unConstitutional. Adding a nationalized health system will not suddenly make these things Constitutional and the current system would be hard to challenge.
The Pelosi-Dem proposals for healthcare work out to this: you will pay premiums and taxes based on your income, whether you wish to or not. You will be entitled to the care the system authorizes and your doctor says you require. That's pretty much "from each according to ability, to each according to need." Where have I heard that before?
Gore has been making millions from the AGW warming scam for years. What did it for me is when I discovered several years ago that he had set up his own carbon-offset sales corporation, and was buying carbon offsets for himself from said corporation.
Gives a new meaning to "what goes around comes around" doesn't it?
Regarding dirty tricks in New Jersey, the irony is, that as a Goldman alumni, Corzine has all of the financial skills needed to address the financial disaster that New Jersey now is.
New Jersey not only has a structural operating deficit despite having one of the highest state and local tax burdens in the country, but it has approximately $130 billion in unfunded mandates. Obviously, there are no easy choices (from a political perspective not from a practical perspective).
Instead of using his knowledge and articulating what the choices and trade-offs are in fixing this mess, he has chosen to maintain the status quo, which is unsustainable.
I cannot fathom why a person with his wealth and financial skills and a self-proclaimed liberal with the best interests of the people in mind would shirk such an obvious responsibility. I don't know how he can look at himself in the mirror. It must be painful to look at oneself and see such a lack of moral character. He must not like himself very much. But then again, he has decades of practice in self-deception.
Meanwhile, he play tricks with Daggett knowing a divided vote is to his advantage and to New Jersey's loss.
"New Jersey not only has a structural operating deficit despite having one of the highest state and local tax burdens in the country..." New Jersey has a structural operating deficit BECAUSE it has among the highest state and local tax burdens. The tax burdens have driven out many responsible citizens and businesses while discouraging others from coming to NJ in the first place. That tends to leave a disproportionate number of dependent residents and a small number of wealthy people. When the market dips, the wealthy people pay a lot less in taxes and the dependent people don't pay at all.
The pattern is consistent and the Northeast corridor displays it best. California, Oregon and Washington states are infected with the same disease and are having similar symptoms: middle-class and business flight, shrinking tax bases, revenue problems.
Shafting the rich ALWAYS harms the poor. ALWAYS. The widow's mite was a spiritual gesture but it didn't keep the temple lamps lit.
Yes, I agree. However, it was not really my point. The fact is the mess exists. Now we need leaders who will set the proper course. Corzine, who has the financial skills to do so, has chosen instead to bury his head. He is a coward among other things.
I would be a better governor than Corzine or Christie. The entire mess would be made public.
As the saying goes, "Sacred cows make good hamburger."