In the health care debate, the question has somewhat changed within the Democratic party from “what do we want?” to “what can we actually pass?” Because they’re relatively sure there’ll be no help from Republicans, this puts them in an awkward spot, and as Bruce of QandO points out, highlights a point showing how all [...]Continue reading Reelection Is More Important Than Legislation
Archive for August, 2009
Looks like we’ve found The Next Sarah Palin™, a dream politician who has EVERYTHING! “She’s young, she’s got a nice family, two little kids, married, photogenic, articulate, etc…” Spiliotes said. “All the things you want in a candidate. And she’s fresh. A lot of other Republican candidates have already lost other races.” Hey, all we [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
A 38 year-old mother of three, who posed no threat to the police or anyone else, was tasered right in front of her children in January of this year. Yet to my knowledge, President Obama has failed to address this genuine case of the police “acting stupidly.” Maybe it’s because Audra Harmon cannot help the [...]Continue reading Another Genuine Case of a Police Officer ‘Acting Stupidly’ (So where’s Obama?)
Radley Balko wrote a post explaining why the boycott of Whole Foods, a company that does everything the left wants employers to do for their employees and community, was moronic. He was linked by a few higher-profile lefty sites, and attracted some pretty hardcore vitriol. So he responded. Or, more accurately, he reached out through [...]Continue reading Radley Balko Responds To Commenters
Rose Friedman, the wife of Milton Friedman, and an economist in her own right who co-wrote the well-known book Free to Choose: A Personal Statement and collaborated with him on many others, died today: Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) — Rose D. Friedman, an economist whose work with her husband, Milton, promoted individual freedom and changed the [...]Continue reading Rose Friedman, RIP
John Stossel, on Obama’s use of the USPS as an example of how well government works without destroying the private sector*: But at least he’s willing to criticize the post office. On that note, economist Justin Ross points out on his blog how, for 44 cents, you could mail a letter via USPS – or [...]Continue reading Quote Of The Day
One of Obama’s campaign promises was to stop federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries which were allowed by state law. Many pundits (myself included) have been lambasting him for not living up to that promise based upon stories like these: Police raids on medical marijuana dispensaries continue–and continue with federal help, despite an Obama promise [...]Continue reading The Nuance Of Medical Marijuana Raids In California
For decades the cost of medical care has risen relative to prices in general and relative to people’s incomes. Today  a semi-private hospital room typically costs $1,000 to $1,500 per day, exclusive of all medical procedures, such as X-rays, surgery, or even a visit by one’s physician. Basic room charges of $500 per day [...]Continue reading The Battle Between the Right to Medical Care vs. Government ‘Medicine’
Over at the Agitator, Radley Balko asks why people are amused by Bob Dylan’s latest run-in with the law. I find it pretty depressing. There was a time when we condescendingly used the term “your papers, please” to distinguish ourselves from Eastern Block countries and other authoritarian states. Post-Hiibel, America has become a place where [...]Continue reading Papers Please
Yet another great letter by Don Boudreaux: Dear Olivia Jane: You and many readers of Daily Kos are furious that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey expressed – in the pages of the Wall Street Journal – his opposition to greater government involvement in health care. Exercising your rights and abilities as consumers, you are therefore [...]Continue reading I’ll Support Your Boycott If You Support Mine
Over at QandO, Dale Franks suggests that we’re careening towards a fork in the road. If we keep on at our current pace, we will reach that fork. Will we go left or right? Dale suggests both: I’ve also said before–and every time I do, people like Oliver Willis call me crazy for saying it–we’re [...]Continue reading Can The Country Survive?
Just when you think the criminal justice system couldn’t be any wackier, a spectator inside a county courthouse was sentenced to 6 months in jail for yawning. No shit. Williams, 33, attended his cousin’s July hearing at Will County Courthouse in Joliet. His cousin, Jason Mayfield, pled guilty to a felony drug charge. As the [...]Continue reading Man Receives 6 Months in Jail…for Yawning?
Obama is not a dumb man. He understands that government provisioning generally produces a worse service than private organizations which are dependent on people choosing to patronize them. Here he is pointing out that while Fedex is required by law to charge higher prices than the Post Office for equivalent services, it is the Post [...]Continue reading Our Exalted Fearless Leader Almost Gets It
In what I can only call an extraordinarily disturbing Op-Ed in today’s USA Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer leveled an attack against those who are protesting the Democrats’ efforts to “reform” the health care system: However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely [...]Continue reading If This Be Un-American, Make The Most Of It
…you better be prepared to hear opinions which don’t necessarily support the Democrats proposed government takeover of healthcare. The speaker at this meeting (in the video below) made the mistake of saying “I think we can all agree…”. From there, the AARP members took over. Really brings a smile to your face huh? Hat Tip: [...]Continue reading When You Ask AARP Members to Voice Their Opinions About Healthcare…
Ezra Klein on ending the filibuster (emphasis added): The likelier outcome, I think, is that Congress will dismantle the filibuster when it realizes that the filibuster is making it less relevant. If you look back at the financial crisis, the lead response came from the Federal Reserve, because everyone understood that Congress couldn’t move quickly [...]Continue reading Do Legislators Want To Solve Tough Problems?
CSI, Forensic Files, The First 48 and other television programs of this genre are among my favorites. Investigators study a crime scene and learn all sorts of valuable information from blood spatter, shoe prints, tire marks, hair fibers, ballistics, and trace evidence. We are to believe that “the evidence doesn’t lie” and that these noble [...]Continue reading Popular Mechanics Separates CSI Fact from CSI Fiction
I’m not normally one to say nice things about former President Bill Clinton but I have to say kudos for his securing the release of the two American journalists turned political prisoners in N. Korea. Reuters Reports: SEOUL — North Korea said on Wednesday it had pardoned two jailed American journalists after former U.S. President [...]Continue reading Rare Praise for Former President Bill Clinton
From The EconomistContinue reading The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Congressman Jeb Hensarling nails it: H/T: Club For GrowthContinue reading The Problem With “Cash For Clunkers”