Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 5 Reasons the Democrats Need to Pass Health Care NOW

With the Democrat's scrambling to get their health care bill passed before Christmas, you might be wondering "What's the rush?" Why not take a few months to discuss the contents of the bill before voting on it - especially when it doesn't go into effect until 2013.

Here are the top 5 reasons the Dems need to pass it NOW - in no particular order.

1) 2010 elections: Even though Democrats are smarter than everyone else, they realize that voters do not want their Health Care Utopia, so then need to make sure it gets passed soon enough that you will forget about how they voted come next November

2) Visibility: Currently the bill the Senate would be voting on hasn't even been written. If the GOP got it's way, the bill in it's final form would be posted for 72 hours for anyone to analyze before they vote. The Dem's can't afford more voters and on-the-fence Blue Dog Dem's to realize the actual contents of the bill.

3) Obama: President Obama desperately needs something to brag about come January for his State of the Union Address.

4) Taxes: Even though Washington won't start regulating in the conveniently after the next Presidential election year of 2013, the tax hikes to pay for it go into effect immediately. By stealing from you for 3-4 years before they actually have to start paying for this new Utopia, they can make their claims that the bill is deficit neutral slightly less ridiculous.

5) Getting their Way: Like anything else in Washington, the Dem's know that once the government gains control over your health care, it will NEVER be repealed. The GOP may be able to tweak it here and there, but Washington's control over your life will never relent. Any chance of real health care reform - reform that makes medical care more accessible by all, rather than crippling the best medicine in the world, will be lost forever.

Since the Democrats have pursued a strategy of bullying, bribery, weekend & holliday votes to rush through their "reform" package rather than open & honest debate, the Republicans have no choice but to employ stall tactics to force this bill into the light.

More Obstruction Please

Predictably, the Democrats continue to accuse the Republicans of obstructing progress - pointing in particular too Tom Coburn's recent move requiring Bernie Sanders' single payer amendment to be read aloud prior to any debate on the subject (all 767 pages). Senate rules require unanimous consent in order to dispense with the reading.

Senator Sanders withdrew his amendment three hours into the reading.

Senator DeMint has threatened to require the same for the actual health care bill once it's 2200+ pages have been completed.

Sanders response clearly illustrates the difference between liberal opinion and the majority of US citizens:
“The best the Republicans can do is to try to bring the United States government to a halt,” he said. “It’s an outrage, a disgrace. It explains why so many people have contempt for Washington.”
Senator - the reason most in America have contempt for Washington is because politicians like you refuse to leave us alone.

Obviously there are critical issues the Senate needs to vote on (military appropriations bills, voting on judges, etc). However, there is nothing preventing Democrats from shelving health care and voting on the important stuff (that Washington is actually SUPPOSED to be doing) before moving back to debate on a bill that most in the US clearly do not want.

Let's raise a glass to more obstruction in congress - not less!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

18 Minutes to read the Table of Contents

Senator Tom Coburn showed some guts in standing against a bill that voters overwhelmingly oppose.

Normally, the reading of amendments is dispensed with by a unanimous vote, but Senator Coburn objected, so the Senate Clerk is required to read the text of the entire Sanders amendment to the Senate's version of the health care bill.

It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that the Sanders amendment (creation of a single payer system) would be voted down immediately, but it's good to see that at least one member of the GOP realizes that single payer, government option, expansion of medicare etc are only a fraction of the critically damaging aspects of the Democrat's "reform". Items such as the requirement to purchase insurance, requiring all policies to cover pre-existing conditions, etc would be equally destructive to the quality of medicine available to the US.

It took 18 minutes to read the table of contents - and this is just an ammendment, not a full fledged bill. It is expected to take 12 hours to read the full 767 pages. Hopefully they can force the reading of the full 2000 pages of the actual bill (although it hasn't even been written yet). A few more stunts like this, and maybe congress will start pushing simpler legislation - but I doubt it.

Yes, our current system has its flaws, but most (if not all) are due to over-regulation of medicine and health insurance, not to little. Remember, there's a reason citizens of other nations come to the US when their nationalized health care systems cannot meet their needs.

UPDATE: I neglected to mention that Senator Coburn is a Doctor by trade.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Nonsense Move no Matter How You Slice It

So detainees from Guantanamo Bay will be coming to an Illinois penitentiary. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise since the President has been trying to find a way to appease those on the left clamoring for him to shut down Gitmo, but for the life of me, I don't see any way that this makes sense from the right, left or middle.

No matter what angle I look at this, I can't get around the following:

1) The whole agitation for shutting down Gitmo is that supposedly, we are illegally detaining these folk. I don't see how moving them stateside erases that argument (BTW, couldn't moving them from the Caribbean to Illinois be considered inhumane?)

2) The reason they are being transferred instead of released is that they were in fact captured engaging in terrorist activities. How putting them together with our own Federal inmates is a good idea is beyond me. I'm sure none of those inmates have any grudges against the US and would hence be susceptible to proselytization.

If the President actually believes that we are illegally detaining innocent folks, close the prison & send the inmates home. If they are folks captured while engaging in terrorist activities, or warfare outside the Geneva established protocols of war, then leave them where they are.

Obama is like most politicians, trying to have his cake and eat it to. He knows if he let everyone go, the right would come after him as soft on national security. If he leaves them there, the left will come after him for breaking his pledge to close the detention center (although, what's one more promise at this point).

By trying to split the difference, he's giving us the worst of both worlds. He's still detaining folks that were deprived of their Miranda rights (the left's complaint, although technically, they don't have Miranda rights), but now, instead of isolating them, he's bringing their poisonous message to our own inmates.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Big Business Hearts Big Government

The only individuals who would even be remotely suprised that Comcast is endorsing the President's health care agenda are those who still cling to the notion that Big Businesses are opposed to government regulation.

Ginormous companies such as Comcast, flush with cash & a fleet of attorneys, can easily deal with regulations that will cripple small business & individuals trying to balance their budgets.

To Comcast, it's a small price to pay if it gives them a smoother road to FCC approval of their recent purchase of NBC Universal.

Most people think that more government regulation is required to reign in powerful corporations. However, the dirty secret is, those same regulations only serve to create even more powerful monopolies by weeding out their competition.

Small companies shell out a fortune just maintaining compliance with various local, state & federal regulations & tax laws - even before they pay for their routine operating expenses. Big Business will gladly play the bogey man if it dupes the government into weeding out their competition for them.

The best way to ensure protection of the consumer is to limit government power which in turn frees up individuals & small businesses to compete on a level playing field.

Want more & better choices for health care, entertainment, energy, you name it. Clear out government interference & competition will give us the best value for our dollar.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

More emissions reduction folly

The Patriot room lays out why the seemingly random emissions reduction numbers thrown out by our President & other prophets of environmental doom are absolutely impossible to meet.

The fact that we continue to pursue nonsensical carbon reduction policies in spite of the recent revelation that the world's leading climate research center has been falsifying their numbers in order to hide the fact that the earths temperature has actually been declining over the past decade boggles the mind.

Of course, none of this has ever actually been about protecting the environment - it's all about increased power for the government. World leaders will still live jetset lifestyles while we all become peasants.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fixing Health Care Lasik Style

Reason TV takes the time to actually analyze the problem with our health care system in order to determine the best solution.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the free market hasn't failed us in terms of health care, it hasn't even been tried since World War II when government intervention in the labor market (wage freezes) forced employers to look to other methods to attract & retain employees.

For more on my health care reform ideas see here.