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.
Two of Canada's greatest and most undersung recent heroes are environmental economist Ross McKitrick and statistical minerologist Steven McIntyre, who by their tireless research in the teeth of the entire ecological establishment, proved the former IPCC claim of drastically accelerated global warming was a fraud. These men have been prominently mentioned in the hacked emails that have just revealed the outrageous lengths the scientific propagators of the Great Green Fraud have gone to to suppress the facts.
At a recent town hall meeting, President Obama said, "Now,
the only thing that I have said is that having a public option in that
menu would provide competition for insurance companies to keep them
But it is government that is responsible for the dearth
of competition in the insurance business. That's because Congress
enacted the McCarran-Ferguson Act in 1945, which allows the states to
limit the number of players in their insurance markets, and explains
why "in 64 percent of all metropolitan areas, a single health insurer
commands a market share of at least 50 percent".
created the insurance monopolies in the states, thus destroying
competition. Government is therefore responsible for the "dishonesty"
that Obama decries.
The other factor in reduced competition in the insurance industry is consolidation -- was was largely driven by HillaryCare in the early 90s. As you may recall, H-Care was planning on setting up huge regional insurance co-ops -- and the insurance industry scrambled to get ahead of the curve by merging like crazy. In the late 80's there were about 80 carriers providing health insurance in Washington State; by the mid-90's it was down to 4 or 5 big players.
So I'm with Obama -- "we want those who caused this mess to shut up and get out of the way..." -- I agree, since it was the liberal Democrats who created the disastrous Medicare/Medicaid program in 1964, and later helped kill competition in the insurance industry in the 90's.
While I agree, absolutely, with Friedman's last paragraph, I have a problem with HIS narrative... namely that the Narrative just sort of happened.
He has no clue that his words and columns through the years have buttressed that narrative. It is the way of the wannabe intellectual to seem above the fray, to appear impartial and cooly analytical. He has often been a zen master of smugness chastising the mythical haters... if not mythical, minuscule... giving more nourishment for the Narrative... from an American, from an influential American... from an American Jew...
Yes, Thomas Friedman has comforted our enemy, has helped support their narrative, while doing battle with the numerous strawmen he constructed to make domestic political points. Why is he so blind to the effects of his own words? What renders him incapable of seeing the imbalance of his words which harm Americans with the best intentions and help our enemies with the worst? So to Mr Friedman, I'd offer the same challenge he concludes with, "You need to explain that to us — and to yoursel[f]."