December 30, 2009

ALTHOUSE LINKS

Two links via Ann Althouse:
Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem
A Less Than Honest Policy

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December 26, 2009

TWO HEALTH CARE LINKS

First, a summary of Mark Steyn's strategy vs tactics theory.

Second, a great rundown of a "movement powered by mindlessness" by Dan Freeman:

  • Who but the mindless can believe that government run health care will reduce costs and improve care while covering more people?
  • Who but the mindless can believe that this President is now serious about reducing the deficit after shattering spending records during his first year?
  • Who but the mindless can take seriously the sham “jobs summit” held by a President whose every policy is a lesson in job destruction?
  • Who but the mindless can believe Obama’s lie that “Cash for Clunkers” which cost taxpayers $24,000 per car was successful?
  • Who but the mindless would not outraged that our government has reneged on its promise pay back the unused TARP fund to taxpayers?
  • Who but the mindless would not question the morality that the world’s finest health care, which has extended and improved human life in unimaginable ways—conceived and produced by countless unsung heroes in the private sector—should magically be transformed by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi into a “human right”, taken over by the state and rationed out as they please?

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December 20, 2009

HEALTH CARE BILL

More summaries on the health care bill:

Yuval Levin:

The CBO assessment of the bill tells the appalling story. We are going to raise taxes by half a trillion dollars over the next ten years, increase spending by more than a trillion dollars, cut Medicare by $470 billion but use that money to fund a new entitlement rather than to fix Medicare itself, bend the health care cost curve up rather than down, insert layers of bureaucracy between doctors and patients, and compel and subsidize universal participation in a failed system of health insurance rather than reform or improve it. Indeed, this bill will make it exceedingly difficult to fix our health insurance financing system in the future, since it sucks dry the potential means of such reform but leaves the fundamental cost problem essentially untouched (and in some respects worsened.)

Kim Strassel:

So why the stubborn insistence on passing health reform? Think big. The liberal wing of the party—the Barney Franks, the David Obeys—are focused beyond November 2010, to the long-term political prize. They want a health-care program that inevitably leads to a value-added tax and a permanent welfare state. Big government then becomes fact, and another Ronald Reagan becomes impossible. See Continental Europe.

The entitlement crazes of the 1930s and 1960s also caused a backlash, but liberal Democrats know the programs of those periods survived. They are more than happy to sacrifice a few Blue Dogs, a Blanche Lincoln, a Michael Bennet, if they can expand government so that in the long run it benefits the party of government.


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December 19, 2009

"DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF CARE"

A must-read paragraph from the CBO on the Senate health care bill.

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THIS JUST IN

Breaking news: women are superficial morons.

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December 12, 2009

CONGRESS SUCKS

Someone who works in DC on budgeting writes:

Again, this is Congress's *most important function*, and they can't even do this right.  They act surprised by it every year, even though they've been doing it since 1788 or thereabouts.

Read the whole thing.

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December 06, 2009

WELL, I DON'T BLAME THEM FOR CHOOSING OBAMA

Oy.

More than 50 percent of Americans wrongly attributed the quote “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” to either George Washington, Thomas Paine, or President Barack Obama, when it is in fact a quote from Karl Marx, author of The Communist Manifesto.

This from a study called The American Revolution. Who Cares? via this Powerline post.

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December 05, 2009

NOT SETTLED BY A LONG SHOT

Here's a long and detailed article on the Climategate fiasco: Scientists Behaving Badly

One of the striking features of the CRU emails is how much time the CRU circle spent discussing with each other the myriad problems with processing these data and how to display them to a wider world. On the one hand, this is typical of what one might expect of an evolving scientific enterprise. On the other hand, these are the selfsame scientists who have insisted most vehemently that there is a settled consensus adhered to by all researchers of repute and that there is nothing left to debate.

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December 04, 2009

STOSSEL BEGINS

FYI: John Stossel's new show begins on the Fox Business Network next Thursday, Dec 10, at 8 PM.  And the first show is on Ayn Rand.  I can't wait!

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December 03, 2009

WHAT IF?

Diana West asks an interesting question (via Amritas):

[W]hat if WWII had been fought as a "counterinsurgency"?

What if, instead of firebombing every important German city and killing tens of thousands of civilians from Hamburg to Dresden, and instead of firebombing Tokyo and nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki and tens of  thousands of Japanese in the all-out effort to defeat the Axis powers and End All Fighting, the Allies had sought instead to win hearts and minds?

What if Gen. Eisenhower, like Gen. McChrystal today in Afghanistan, wandered through German towns, asking das volk, "What do you need?

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