Health Care is a Right
Promoted from the diaries by Jeff At one of the McCain-Obama debates in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, the candidates were asked in turn if health care were a right or a privilege. Obama answered unequivocally that it was a right, while McCain fumbled a bit and declared that it was a privilege. I disagree with both answers. The reason both were wrong | Read More »
Health Care Kennel Rationing
Mark Levin featured an article by Shannon Love* at ChicagoBoyz.net entitled The Dangers of Decompartmentalized Health Care Spending. Under Obamacare, politically-managed health care spending would become a society-wide zero sum game: Right now we compartmentalize government health-care spending. We have one program for the poor (Medicaid) and one for the elderly (Medicare). Each is paid for by a separate flat tax on wages. The government | Read More »
If You Take The King’s Gold
An old proverb says “If you take the king’s gold, you do the king’s bidding.” For us today, this means that no government benefit comes without a loss of liberty.
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On Reasoning from Truth to Error
Two men valiantly faced the public one day, armed with the truth, and came away with complete failure. First man: He also disputed the notion that adding a government-run insurance plan into a menu of options from which people could pick would drive private insurers out of business, in effect making the system single-payer by default. As long as they have a good product and | Read More »
Catholic Bishops: If Obamacare Funds Abortion, We Oppose Obamacare
According to the Catholic Key Blog, the US Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will oppose Obamacare unless it specifically denies funding for abortion. The USCCB, which is to say, the Catholic Church, has long been an advocate for health care reform. But the Bishops are unwilling to accept a health measure unless language is inserted prohibiting coverage for abortion in any government-run health insurance. On | Read More »
The Free Way
Saul Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals as a guide for his fellow socialists in gaining power in a world owned by The Man. Alinsky postulated that gaining power required suppressing any scruple, any principle, or any long-term goal which interfered. I reject that premise on several grounds. Briefly, principle is all we have, pragmatism bores the base, and since power corrupts I wish not to | Read More »
We have a name for someone who doesn’t believe in accountability: liberal.
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A Conservative Manifesto
From DoctorZero at HotAir.com’s Green Room, comes this statement of who we are, so the other side can get a clue. Naturally their hatred of us stems only from their misunderstanding of our intentions, not from willful disregard or innate evil nature, slash snark. Here’s the money, but RTWT: We don’t invest our hopes in the government. It is beneath the dignity of free men | Read More »
Retaking Territory Lost
The why and how of taking back the narrative.
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What no one else is saying about the Economy
The gas price spike last summer scared the living daylights out of people.
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Since Fred Maidment did a nice overview of Redstate Gathering ’09 [ahem], I’ll post a more personal one. I drove to Atlanta from my home in Central Illinois, a distance of 562 miles. On the way, I realized that they put Atlanta in the wrong time zone and oops, I was going to be late. So I drove fast. It was great fun, even though | Read More »
Friends, We Are Being Suckered
Holding Mr. Obama accountable for his promises is all well and good, but it must be coupled with “We told you so!”
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Killining the Old to Insure the Young
To pay for the expansion of health insurance to young, healthy people (including illegal aliens), Congress is going to cut Medicare. That means they are going to cut funding of health care for the elderly in order to pay for insurance for people who don’t need it. As TMR’s Knight of the Mind pointed out earlier today, President Obama’s plan for cutting medical cost hinges | Read More »
Early in his term, President Obama stressed shared sacrifice as a means to correct the various problems with which he said we were beset. He has shied away lately from that terminology. Why is that? Perhaps it is because having called for it incorrectly, and then been stung with his own blatant hypocrisy, he now also incorrectly reckons it politically damaging to call for sacrifice | Read More »
One of the liberal Special Words is inclusion. A Special Word covers a lot of ground with a few syllables, glossing several unstated assertions to make the argument containing it difficult to defeat. Other Special Words are consensus, justice, and oppression. Honorable mentions go to the phrases “doing the right thing” and “giving back”. In the case of inclusion, I’ve noticed that liberals are fond | Read More »
Of Course We Should Oppose Judge Sotomayor
We must oppose Sotomayor, because she is a weak addition to the Supreme Court. While in a partisan strategic sense it is quite possible that having an inferior mind installed as the next Justice is a net positive, that may not be what is best for the country.
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A Regifted Politician
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Barack Obama in the White House. If that sounds like the opening line of a really funny joke, I have to apologize. I got nothin’. But via Ace we have: Mr Brown’s gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President. Mr Obama was so delighted he | Read More »
Santelli Gets To Obama
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out in an ad hominem attack at Rick Santelli. He’s the CNBC correspondent who spoke passionately about the injustice inherent in the Obama mortgage bailout plan. My, what thin skins these Obamians have. I’m sure we’ll soon learn all about Mr. Santelli, and how he once took three slices of a pizza, when he only paid his buddies | Read More »
After Big Three Bailout, Then What?
Do I really need to explain why? The former Big Three are hemorrhaging cash, which an outside *deux ex machina* infusion will not stop. They’ll have a larger debt load. Strings attached to the bailout will include limits on executive compensation and government mandates to produce smaller, more efficient (or at least “greener”) cars. -more-
Barack the Sophist Makes Personal Attack on Everyone
Barack Obama’s statement that the McCain campaign has tried to make a virtue of selfishness is a personal insult to every American, a twisting of fact and reason, and without hyperbole a threat to democracy itself. (Cross-posted at the Academy)