Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Line in the Sand

While the Obama administration continues to aggressively pursue CIA agents for "torturing" terrorist conspirators to obtain information necessary to protect American lives, however it appears that our president does draw a line at the heinous crime of "conspiracy to commit bribery" when it decides to invoke "torture".

Heaven forbid we cause any discomfort to those who would blow us up, but we we won't stand idly by while enemies of our nation attempt white collar crimes...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

8 Ways Government Spending Hurts the Economy

With nations such as France & Germany experiencing recoveries that far out pace our own (in spite of the fact that they rejected the urge to pass ginormous "stimulous" packages), we need to be reminded that government spending is not the way to economic prosperity.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

GM's hottest selling vehicle

Gets far less mileage than the touted triple digit mileage Volt.

The thousands of 2010 Camaro's are backordered so Government Motors can focus on vehicles we supposedly want.

UPDATE: More on why the Volt is just pie in the sky.

HT: Planet Gore

Who's the real fake?

Ever since congress went on their August recess, the Democrats and their allies have been attempting to portray those showing up to protest Health Care "Reform" as somehow less than authentic.

Nevermind the fact that every liberal protest is complete with matching T-shirts, & glossy professionally printed signs, etc.

To top it off, they show up at meetings posing as doctors so they can pretend that doctors are in favor of a government plan.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

About that 230 MPG

Chevy's still pending Volt is being touted as getting 230 MPG. However, that's ONLY based on city driving. Depending on the situation, mileage could even drop below 50 MPG.

That's all fine, however who is going to pay an extra $9000 for the same mileage they can get in a Prius. Of course the government will fix that by giving taxpayer money in the form of rebates to Volt purchasers. Since the government now has a vested interest in making sure their auto company succeeds (not by selling cars most people want, but by selling cars the government likes), it will pump our taxpayer money into GM for the rest of eternity since GM cannot ever be competitive with the business model they've been given by the current administration.

The other question I still have regarding the mileage touted for plugin hybrids - I haven't seen any evidence that the mileage calculations take into account the electricity used to charge these vehicles when they are plugged in. Yes it's possible that KWH's are taken into acount in the figures, and it's possible that even factored in, the energy efficiency is still an improvement, but on the face, it seems that the promotors of plugin vehicles are content to believe that battery charging uses no energy while plugged in.

I would love to hear from anyone who has more information on this last point.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

You don't get to keep your plan after all

In spite of the Presidents repeated statements to the contrary, the actual bills being pushed through Congress & the Senate say otherwise. This article details 5 freedoms we lose under Obamacare.

Item 4:

This is the freedom that the President keeps emphasizing. Yet the bills appear to say otherwise. It's worth diving into the weeds -- the territory where most pundits and politicians don't seem to have ventured.

The legislation divides the insured into two main groups, and those two groups are treated differently with respect to their current plans. The first are employees covered by the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974. ERISA regulates companies that are self-insured, meaning they pay claims out of their cash flow, and don't have real insurance. Those are the GEs (GE, Fortune 500) and Time Warners (TWX, Fortune 500) and most other big companies.

The House bill states that employees covered by ERISA plans are "grandfathered." Under ERISA, the plans can do pretty much what they want -- they're exempt from standard packages and community rating and can reward employees for healthy lifestyles even in restrictive states.

But read on.

The bill gives ERISA employers a five-year grace period when they can keep offering plans free from the restrictions of the "qualified" policies offered on the exchanges. But after five years, they would have to offer only approved plans, with the myriad rules we've already discussed. So for Americans in large corporations, "keeping your own plan" has a strict deadline. In five years, like it or not, you'll get dumped into the exchange. As we'll see, it could happen a lot earlier.

The outlook is worse for the second group. It encompasses employees who aren't under ERISA but get actual insurance either on their own or through small businesses. After the legislation passes, all insurers that offer a wide range of plans to these employees will be forced to offer only "qualified" plans to new customers, via the exchanges.

The employees who got their coverage before the law goes into effect can keep their plans, but once again, there's a catch. If the plan changes in any way -- by altering co-pays, deductibles, or even switching coverage for this or that drug -- the employee must drop out and shop through the exchange. Since these plans generally change their policies every year, it's likely that millions of employees will lose their plans in 12 months.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More on fishy data collection.

Powerline describes the serious implications of the President's request that those opposing his health care plan be reported..

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Is this a "fishy" post?

The President is understandably upset that many of the lowly peasants who call themselves US citizens are not falling at his feet over the Democrats attempts to subject our health to the whims of the US government.

Apparently, it's so upsetting that the White House is calling on citizens to report any "fishy" emails or web posts regarding the plan that will heal us of all our ills.

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov
I just know that there would have been no outcry whatsoever had the previous administration asked individuals to report any policy criticisms to the White House.

Hat Tip: The Corner