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Archive for August, 2007

Monday Open Thread: Healthcare Edition

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Last week, we had several posts related to healthcare. First, this post by guest poster UCrawford, then Ronald Reagan’s take on the issue, and finally yesterday I posted on efforts by private employers to cut costs. Often, though, we’re on the defensive. We’re asked to defend the current flawed system (something I don’t want to […]

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Bush And Congress Expand Warrantless Wiretaps

Monday, August 6th, 2007

On Sunday, President Bush signed into law a new bill that greatly expands the ability of the Federal Government to eavesdrop on international communications without a warrant: WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government’s authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages […]

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Employers Charging Unhealthy Employees For Being Unhealthy

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

A bit of a furor erupted last year, when a company decided to fire current employees who smoke, and no longer hire smokers. The debate centered around the question whether an employee paying for your health care could force you to cease unhealthy habits. This was a bit of a debate, but for the most […]

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Tancredo: Bomb Mecca and Medina

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Tom Tancredo believes that bombing Muslim holy sites is a deterrent against future terrorist attacks: On Tuesday, Tancredo warned a group of Iowans that another terrorist attack would “cause a worldwide economic collapse.” IowaPolitics.com recorded his comments. “If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of […]

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Why Bush Cancelled Warrantless Wiretapping Program

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Some of you may remember this story, from mid-January (covered by Doug here). The tone of the story is that Bush backed down to pressure from Democrats and the American public, and realized that his program might be over the line. The Bush administration said yesterday that it has agreed to disband a controversial warrantless […]

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IRS Signs Over Fort Knox To Nigerian Scammers

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Okay, well maybe it’s not THAT bad… But it’s close: IRS employees ignored security rules and turned over sensitive computer information to a caller posing as a technical support person, according to a government study. Sixty-one of the 102 people who got the test calls, including managers and a contractor, complied with a request that […]

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Actor Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Way back before Ronald Reagan’s political career, he recognized the problems which would occur if America had adopted socialized medicine. With congress working to pass the SCHIP bill to provide government funded healthcare for children of parents with annual incomes up to $80,000, this radio […]

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This Is A Crime?!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Wow… So today, I decided to meet my wife at the in-laws, where parking is always at a premium. I arrive, unload the truck, and right as I’m about to start searching for a parking space, a guy asks if I mind giving his car a jumpstart. No problem, of course, and it’s especially nice […]

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Fred Thompson — Strict Constructionist?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Fred Thompson is flogging the dead horse of judicial appointments, pointing out that Democrats will pull out any trick in their arsenal to block conservative appointees. I know he’s been out of the Senate for a while, but the fact that he seems shocked by this makes me wonder if he’s been paying attention at […]

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Atlas Shrugs In Zimbabwe

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

It seems that Robert Mugabe’s latest experiments in socialism are having the expected results: BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, July 28 — Robert G. Mugabe has ruled over this battered nation, his every wish endorsed by Parliament and enforced by the police and soldiers, for more than 27 years. It appears, however, that not even an unchallenged autocrat […]

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“You Like Europe’s Health Care So Much? Then Go Live There”

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I use the above phrase to attack socialized medicine a lot. I’m not trying to be hostile or sarcastic when I say this. I’m not trying to convey an “America…love it or leave it” type message, nor am I interested in cutting off the debate about the problems with health care in this country, which […]

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One Man’s Freedom of Expression is Another Man’s Hate Crime

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

We seem to have strayed a long way from our valuing of free speech, perhaps best stated by Voltaire “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In this age of political correctness, both the Right and the Left has bastardized the idea of free […]

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