The Last Firewall
Is the United States of America too gob-smacking ignorant as a nation and a people to deserve the benefits of a continued constitutional republic? Are we a people worthy of self-rule, or should we just get Benito in here to make the gosh-darn trains run on time? I’m afraid Representative Conyers’ continued tenure in the House of Representatives sheds far more light on the uglier | Read More »
Obamacare, Mandates, Bar Tabs and Visigoth Holidays
To read Jay Cost lay into the individual mandate provision of Obamacare with a truncheon is to see the wrath of a forgotten, dissed and dismissed America in print. He inveighs in a Weekly Standard Piece entitled The Mandate Represents What’s Wrong With Democrats. There will be a mandatory 1/10 of a point deduction for leaving off the html rant tags, but he sure did | Read More »
If You Like Your Health Care Coverage, Vote Against Obama/Biden
The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the | Read More »
The Emperor Needs A New Diaper
I like and appreciate both Moe Lane and Leon Wolf. I’ve been rewarded vastly beyond my limited abilities getting to front page on this blog with them both. However, they’ve each made a serious error in judgment this week which I’ll hopefully rectify in today’s issue of Repair_Man_Jack. Leon and Moe have both weighed in on Admiral Obama’s reckless sortie athwart the iniquitous US Supreme | Read More »
Constitutionality And Thoughtcrime
I appreciate it when Dahlia Lithwick writes more often for Slate Magazine. It’s hard arguing that Liberals lack any fundamental gravamen or intellectual perspicacity without compelling, in print, visual evidence. She entitled her 22 March missive “It’s Not About the Law, Stupid…. Next week’s health care argument before the Supreme Court is all about optics, politics, and public opinion.” In so doing, she just summed | Read More »
How To Make The CBO Your Tool of Disinformation
Phillip Klein of The Washington Examiner is shocked. Phillip Klein is appalled. He’s shocked and appalled. It seems that he was the last individual in Washington, DC to get the message that The Affordable Care Act of 2009 (AKA ObamaCare) was going to take a wee tad more out of the national wallet than we were previously led to believe after the CBO estimated it’s | Read More »
Hypocrisy In The UK
Brett Stevens of Amerika.org makes an interesting observation regarding the dishonest, hateful nature of the modern governmental super-state. He points out the painfully obvious below. Modern society has made itself so legalistic and granular that often it cannot see the forest for the trees. It specializes in deconstruction, or separating details from the bigger picture, …
Secretary Sebelius, Meet The Anti-Deficiency Act.
It is “unacceptable that HHS fails to maintain accurate financial records and fails to adhere to federal law designed to protect taxpayer dollars from mismanagement and waste,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., wrote in a Monday letter to the department’s secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. (HT:Federal Times) The USG may not appear to have a very tight wrap on how and where it’s | Read More »
The First Amendment And Obamacare
“Conscience is the most sacred of all property.” James Madison Yet another aspect of the American Affordable Care Act has caused the Obama Administration to come-a-cropper with the United States Constitution. The act has already inspired a dense thicket of law suits over its individual mandate provision that forces people to buy insurance or pay a penalty tax for not so doing. Recently, Health and | Read More »
The ObamaCare 9% Plan
“The open question is whether that’s a one-time spike (In Health Insurance premiums) or the start of a period of higher increases,” said Drew Altman, the chief executive of the Kaiser foundation. (HT: New York Times) So let’s imagine a scenario here. An industry consisting of large, partially-regulated firms sells to a group of individuals with limited purchasing power. The production cost of the product | Read More »
The Dismal Science – (Part 1 of 3): Michele Bachmann on Jobs and the Economy.
James MacDonald of ForeignPolicy.com describes the current Seldon Crisis occurring in Western economies as the end of a seven decade experiment. This seven decade experiment is described by Walter Russell Mead as The Blue Social Model. He talks us through its particulars below. Graduate from high school and you were pretty much guaranteed lifetime employment in a job that gave you a comfortable lower middle | Read More »
ObamaCare: The Ultimate Economic De-Motivator.
The most obvious features of recent political and financial “solutions” are their staggering complexity and their failure to fix what’s broken. The first leads to the second. Consider the healthcare “reform,” thousands of pages of mind-numbing complexity which slathers on thick layers of bureaucratic control on a system which already costs twice as much per capita as competing developed-world systems. – Charles Hugh Smith Of | Read More »
Another Charming Aspect of the ObamaCare Minefield.
Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income, including the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income. – Congressman Jeb Hensarling. (GOP.gov) I would like to praise our President for his political courage and honesty. While running for office, Barack Obama flat-out told Joe the Plumber he intended to spread the wealth. I think he | Read More »
The Two Amerikas of Obamacare
I have a nagging sense, and think I have accurately observed, that many of these people have made a separate peace.…I suspect that history, including great historical novelists of the future, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort | Read More »
Dear Congressman Brooks
It has come to my attention that the GOP-controlled House of Representatives Rules Committee is opposed to allowing a vote that would defund ObamaCare. Representative Steve King was not allowed to offer an amendment that would have accomplished said defunding. This, I find, greatly distressing. Given the mandate that you, and several other freshmen in Congress, have received from your voting constituents, this behooves you | Read More »
The Scalpel of Damocles Hangs Above Us All…
People who have never faced an unpleasant unraveling walk around with a notion that danger would be exotic, fun and adventurous. You get to be Bilbo Baggins, and beat out Gollum at a game of riddles. The end of the world will unspool like those awesome Indiana Jones movies and everyone should get their popcorn and gun collections ready. This isn’t how it works. Bad | Read More »
Draining The Swamp In Our Glorious People’s Democracy
Way back in Once-Upon-a-Time Time, Early November 2006 to be more explicit, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel and Steny Hoyer promised us all a New Direction. They all promised to seriously reform the House of Representatives, if the voters trusted them with control of that venerable institution. Pelosi declared with Oscar-Winning grandiloquence that yea, verily, they would drain the swamp. Who knew they would discover DDT | Read More »
The Careerists Vs The Idealists On Obamacare
So why did Mr. Smith go to Washington? He will generally have one of two reasons. One is to change the world; the other is to collect and redirect a large quantity of the world’s change. These two motivations can lead to considerable conflict. It splits our political leadership into those who wish to do good and those who make darn sure they end up | Read More »
Some Not-so-NICE Realities about a National Healthcare System
This, like abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment, becomes an issue of sanctity of life versus its commoditization. When NICE recommends availability of treatment under the pressure of mandated budget frontiers, life has been shorn of its fundamental sanctity. The decision of life or death for the patient balances on the steelyard of political feasibility versus budgetary affordability.
The Post-War Dream and the Great Society both are contingent upon the infinite bounties of a functioning market economy. Yet each paradoxically constrains the wellspring of wealth required to jet-fuel the colossal expenditures intrinsic to either. In the end the rationing boards run out of rations. Operations Research algorithms fail in the absence of feasible solutions within the walled-off regions under constraint.
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