Monday, March 22, 2010

Ronald Reagan on Socialized Medicine

Ronald Reagan, circa 1961, speaks about socialized medicine.  His words, unfortunately, ring as true today as when they were spoken.
"Back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program..."

Listen to the whole thing

The United States of Greece?

The "health care" bill passed by the house yesterday was in fact, not a health care bill after all.  It was, instead, the largest redistricting bill in recorded history.  I present you with, the United States of America Greece.

Update: After some backroom dealing, Nebraska negotiated itself some prime waterfront in the new plan.

Thanks Obama!

US Rep. Paul Ryan on the role of government.

US Rep. Paul Ryan reacts to the health care abomination just passed by the House, and more specifically about the role of government in the lives of the American people.  At least someone is asking the right questions.
"Do we believe that the goal of government is to promote equal opportunity for all Americans to make the most of their lives; or do we now believe that government's role is to equalize the results of people's lives?"

Paul Ryan 2012.

"... from the consent of the governed"?

March 21, 2010 - Black Sunday.
The health care bill passed.  The only question remaining is, 'Can this be undone?'...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

"... from the consent of the governed?"  November, 2010 and subsequently 2012, will answer that question definitively.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"... wait until you see what it costs when it's free."

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." - P.J. O'Rourke

While it appears that Obama's health care monstrosity could be on the verge of passing, it's worth looking at where America's health care system may be headed.

Dr. Paul Hsieh describes describes what the Canadian health care system really is like in this 2007 article.  Read the whole thing.
"To guarantee "free" health care, a government must force the individual to pay for everyone else's medical care and limit his freedom to pay voluntarily for his own. With bureaucrats deciding who receives what, the individual is therefore forbidden from spending his money according to his own rational judgment (and the advice of his doctors) as to what's best for his health. When a government forces people to act against their own interests, it's no surprise that the results are misery and death."

And (to borrow a phrase) ... Let me be clear, the Democrats ultimate goal is a Canada-like, government-run, single payer health care system.  Don't take my word for it, take Obama's ...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pelosi: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

This video was linked on Drudge

Out of context?  Apparently not ... Here is a link to the full speech.  Below are the remarks from the speech before and after that comment. 
"You've heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don't know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention -- it's about diet, not diabetes. It's going to be very, very exciting.

"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President's economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation -- innovation begins in the classroom -- clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform"

Pelosi wasn't taken out of context, she is just out of touch.

Michael Moore as White House Chief of Staff?

In an open letter to President Obama, filmmaker Michael Moore blamed Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for the dismal outlook Democrats are facing in the 2010 elections.  Moore offered to replace Emanuel for just $1 a year.  He promised that he and Obama would be ...:
"... up at 5 in the morning, 7 days a week ... Each morning you and I will do 100 jumping jacks and you will repeat after me: : THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED ME, NOT THE REPUBLICANS, TO RUN THE COUNTRY!..."

Michael Moore? 100 jumping jacks?   I'll take the under.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ace of Spades on Obama

In response to Obama's apparent flip-flop on the use of military tribunals to try KSM, Ace of Spades presents an itemized list of Obama failures, adding:
"Let's just stipulate that Obama is the greatest Democratic failure on the national stage since Carter. He will go down in history as a placeholder between the Bush 9/11 years and the transformative economic and foreign policies of the 45th president, a Republican."

Regarding KSM though, you can be sure that  Obama's change in position is a political maneuver, and does not represent any genuine policy shift.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

On the constitutionality of Chicago's gun ban ...

The US Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that challenges Chicago's handgun ban as unconstitutional.  Mayor Daley and other Illinois politicians are positioned  firmly against the 2nd amendment.  U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) on the gun problem in Chicago ...
"Many of my friends talk about the fact that they hunt in their state and I will tell them that many of the people who are hunting in Chicago are not hunting wild game -- they are hunting each other."

It's mind-boggling that Daley, Davis, et. al, actually believe that criminals who are willing to commit murder would be dissuaded by a gun ban.  Exactly who in Chicago benefits from the repeal of the 2nd amendment?

Some statistics on the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of hand gun bans in Chicago and elsewhere here ...
"What the crime data show is that gun laws primarily disarm law-abiding citizens, they do not make them safer.
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