Oppose Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s Nomination
In a relatively short period of time, the US Senate will be asked to confirm OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. It should refuse to do so. Despite the risible claim of “wonk” Ezra Klein, Kathleen Sebelius did not leave HHS because Obamacare was secure. Rather, she left because her political career was mortally | Read More »
Why Hasn’t Obama Fired Sebelius?
Earlier this month, ten Republican senators sent an unprecedented letter to President Obama urging that he fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has served under Obama since 2009. As the Obama care debacle drags on, however, the administration has refused to send her packing. Sebelius, for her part, as an interesting defense, saying that, “the majority of people calling for me to | Read More »
When The State Plays God Someone Lives and Someone Dies
The Fundamental Problem of Economics states that people with infinite demands will attempt to meet those demands with limited resources. This predictably fails. The best we can hope for is what is called a Pareto Optimal solution where you pretty much do the best you can with what you have. Much of the debate between boosters of command economies and free market economies centers on how a society works towards getting more to dole out and a Pareto Optimal distribution of what they have.
The socialists in Venezuela solve this problem by rationing. They ration food. The socialists in America solve this problem by rationing. They ration donated organs available for transplant. This can lead to heart-breaking and intractable dilemmas in which there is no answer that maximizes everybody’s happiness. In just such a dilemma, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius learned just how hard a job it was to be queen.
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Romney vs. Obama: Round One
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss why Romney came away the winner of last night’s debate by directly challenging Obama on some of his weak points, Obama’s inability to defend his economy, and a surprising element of the healthcare debate.
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