Highways in the not too distant future
Speaking truth to old-stream media bias.
The people against this bill : "They don't have leadership" -Maxine Waters, Congressperson from CA.
The Office of the President and other White House officials are defendants in a free speech lawsuit filed by a prominent physician group, and a non-profit advocate for inner-city poor.
Tort Reform should be at the top of the list of reforms! The Republicans have proposed legislation to address this, and it is being ignored by the Democrats.
Price Introduces Innovative Medical Liability Reform
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement after introducing the Health Care OverUse Reform Today Act (HealthCOURT Act), a comprehensive medical liability reform bill.
"In medicine, as in life, mistakes can be made. But unfortunately, our current system has forced many doctors to practice defensive medicine to shield themselves from the specter of outrageous malpractice damages, putting upward pressure on the cost of health care," said Rep. Price. "Accordingly, comprehensive medical liability reform has a key role to play in any attempt to decrease health care costs. The HealthCOURT Act addresses this by reforming the process for pursing medical malpractice cases and decreasing the impetus for care providers to practice defensive medicine."
"By creating a new legal structure that relies on the experience and expertise of medical professionals, physicians may focus on providing the proper care. Just as any successful health reform will be patient-centered, the HealthCOURT Act will ensure that physicians are focused on the needs of patients rather than the threat of predatory lawsuits."
NOTE: The HealthCOURT Act will: 1) Develop performance-based quality measures established by the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) and physician specialty organizations; 2) Establish a best-practices affirmative defense set by qualified physician consensus-building organization (such as PCPI) and physician specialty organizations; 3) Create grants for State Health Courts for the resolution of disputes concerning injuries allegedly caused by health care providers; and 4) Give the Sense of Congress that insurers are liable if they make a decision that causes harm.
This explains why liberals prefer Carter and despise Reagan. And it also explains why conservatives and libertarians prefer Reagan, and know that Carter was ineffectual. Let the history of price control on oil in the 70s be a lesson for Obama on healthcare and the economy. He ought to reverse course right now and embrace free markets. If the Capital Gains %15 tax is frozen, and the Bush tax cuts are made permanent, a full recovery would ensue.
"The last time liberals decided an industry was so important that the government needed to step in and contain costs was when they set their sights on the oil industry. Liberals in both the U.S. and Canada -- presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter and Canadian P.M. Pierre Trudeau -- imposed price controls on oil.
As night leads to day, price controls led to reduced oil production, which led to oil shortages, skyrocketing prices for gasoline, rationing schemes and long angry lines at gas stations.
You may recall this era as 'the Carter years.'
Then, the white knight Ronald Reagan became president and immediately deregulated oil prices. The magic of the free market -- aka the "profit motive" -- produced surges in oil exploration and development, causing prices to plummet. Prices collapsed and remained low for the next 20 years, helping to fuel the greatest economic expansion in our nation's history.
You may recall this era as 'the Reagan years." -- Ann Coulter
Kennedy Care should be Borked just like Kennedy Borked Judge Bork. Kennedy's smear of Judge Bork on the US Senator floor:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy...."
Some important lessons from Ted Kennedy
PAjamas Media ^ | August 26 | Roger Kimball
Posted on Wed Aug 26 2009 12:18:28 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) by AJKauf
I am deeply grateful for the contribution that Ted Kennedy, who died last night, made to my education. Until Kennedy delivered his intemperate tirade against Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in the summer of 1987, I hadn't known that a United States Senator could brazenly lie to his colleagues and the American people and get away with it. I'm not talking about little fibs, or broken promises, or private dissimulations: all that I took as standard operating procedure in a fallen world. No, Ted Kennedy raised — that is to say, he dramatically lowered — the standard by standing up on the floor of the Senate and emitting one lie after the next against one of the finest legal minds America has ever produced.
But of course, Ted Kennedy's most important lesson for the world involved Mary Jo Kopechne, the secretary he let drown in 1969 when he drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island late at night after a party. Kennedy said he endeavored to rescue the girl. Maybe. But what we know he did was contact several aides to work out a story. He waited until after the police discovered the car and Kopechne's body the next morning before informing the police about the incident. He received a two-month suspended sentence for leaving the scene of an accident after causing an injury. Wikipedia calmly notes that "Questions remained about Kennedy's time line of events that night, about his actions after the accident, and the quality of the investigation and whether official deference was given to a powerful politician and family." Do you think, just possibly, that unusual deference was shown to Ted Kennedy?...
BY ARIEL SCHWARTZ
Chevrolet has received a lot of flack from the press recently for its questionable claim that the upcoming plug-in hybrid Volt gets 230 mpg with city driving. Now Raser Technologies, the company behind the plug in Hummer H3e, is taking on the Volt with claims that its massive vehicle easy gets over 100 mpg in "typical local daily driving". We assume that means city driving under ideal conditions (few stops and starts, minimal passengers and payload)...
Check out a video of the Hummer test drive here.
Posted By Mark Amagi on August 21, 2009
This is all unprecidented in my lifetime.
Let's see. Off the top of my head, in the first six months of Obama's presidency we've seen corporatism and "state capitalism" run amok, in the government takeover of two car companies and numerous banks. Labor unions have become increasingly indistinguishable from the government and the party that controls it.Herbert Croly and the Progressives have once again been rehabilitated as founding fathers of the New Age. The entire liberal intellectual class is convinced that this the time for a new New Deal. Critics of statism are vilified by liberal elites as racists and fascists. (And those who refuse to get with the Gorian program are guilty of "treason against the planet"). When out of power, liberals lionized free speech and celebrated dissent as the highest form of patriotism. Now, they label dissent "un-American" and the president insists he doesn't want to hear a lot of talking from anyone who disagrees with him. While the stench of eugenics and euthanasia do not quite sting the nostrils yet, the odor is detectable and the liberal impulse for controlling the lives of others has been re-exposed.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave The Weekly Standard a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation.
The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama's decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration's ability to be responsible for our nation's security.
Socialism sucks the life blood out of the free market.
Now, there really is an official "I am sorry I voted for Obama" website.
It is not completely a 'given' that government will take over of health care.
The simple fact is that health care is extremely (under-statement) ill-timed. At some point (likely not in the near future) it is inevitable. Get used to it.
1960-2007 average (pre-Obama): 36.2%.1960-2000 average (pre-Bush): 36.2%2001-2007 average (Bush, pre-recession): 36.0%
In 1995, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commissions: "Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority.... It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the bill of rights, and of the first amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation—and their ideas from suppression—at the hand of an intolerant society."
Teleprompter (TOTUS) must be on vacation this week.
Other than CO2, another gas that concerns the global warming alarmists is methane, which also occurs naturally. From the BBC via memeorandum: Methane seeps from Arctic sea-bed.
Scientists say they have evidence that the powerful greenhouse gas methane is escaping from the Arctic sea-bed.
Researchers say this could be evidence of a predicted positive feedback effect of climate change.
As temperatures rise, the sea-bed grows warmer and frozen water crystals in the sediment break down, allowing methane trapped inside them to escape.
The research team found that more than 250 plumes of methane bubbles are rising from the sea-bed off Norway.
The joint British and German research team detected the bubbles using a type of sonar normally used to search for shoals of fish. Once detected, the bubbles were sampled and tested for methane at a range of depths.
Graham Westbrook, lead author and professor of geophysics at the University of Birmingham, said: "If this process becomes widespread along Arctic continental margins, tens of megatonnes of methane a year - equivalent to 5-10% of the total amount released globally by natural sources, could be released into the ocean."
This is in essence another source of naturally occurring greenhouse gas. This been happening for all of Earth's history. Curious minds want to know more about the true source of greenhouse gases, and the relationship and proportion between those naturally released and those produced by man's activities. Liberal journalists seem to be less curious, and seem more apt to blame man without true proof: a leap of unscientific proportions.
And this is the kicker in the article: "If this process becomes widespread along Arctic continental margins" -- What the heck does that mean? Are they somehow trying to blame mankind for this totally natural process? Again, these scientists, and worse yet, the journalists at the BBC, are jumping to conclusions that are not supported by the evidence, in an apparent attempt to frighten mankind to stop all industrial activity. Go home journalists: it won't work. We see through your ruse.
1) Health Care. Health-care take overs and socialized medicine have terrified not just the right and conservatives, but the elderly of all persuasions who fear their shaky Medicare funds will be diverted to Obama's new plans. In short, they believe their care will be rationed and given to all sorts of new recipients. And they fear age will be a basis for meriting treatment.
It was an insane political move to demonize these town-hallers, when streaming video showed the participants scared and angry, but not violent, trying to get answers from smug politicos who either cell phoned away, ridiculed questioners in the manner of Barney Frank, or mocked their interrogators. ...
2) The Spell is Broken. Cap-and-trade, the mega-deficits, the apology tours, and the sleaze of some appointments and congressional grandees (cf. Rangel, Dodd, Murtha, etc.) were stimulants, but not in themselves enough to awaken the somnolent American people from their collective trance. Yet health care was like a shot of adrenaline that jolted the patient out of his slumber. Suddenly hope and change no longer worked like the swinging watch and "you're getting sleepy" lingo. Voters are feeling they've been "had" and were mesmerized into being used for an extremist agenda. ...
3) The Counter-attack is not working. The Obama shotgun has blasted all sorts of magnum loads—town-hall and tea-party critics were un-American, Nazis, tools of the insurance industry, dupes, and Astro-turfers. Now the religious argument is thrown out at the 11th hour: those who doubt neo-socialist care are somehow un-Christian and uncaring. ...
1) Cool the "this is our moment", "hope and change" rhetoric. Obama reminds me of what Wellington supposedly said of Napoleon's Old Guard at Waterloo "They came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Instead, he should quietly follow the 1995 triangulation model of Bill Clinton/Dick Morris.
Obama should concentrate on debt, debt, and more debt. He could freeze federal spending at 2% per annum, and get into the black in two-three years, given his income tax hikes. He could pacify the Left with, "I'd love to pursue our socialist agenda, but we are going broke and cannot right now."
Instead of cap-and-trade, he could allot a few feminist, green and gay ambassadorships that would not impact the federal treasury. Given the sudden silence on Iraq, the Left has demonstrated that their furor was always about power lost and hatred for George Bush in the White House, never much about principles or convictions. That Obama is in the White House is more important to most former critics of Bush than anything he does or says.
2) Return to the "no more blue/red state" bipartisan tropes. Consider Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barney Frank as the real challenges, since the animosity that they engender can do far more damage to Barack Obama than Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and all of the Fox News cast put together. Voters are more comfortable with Blue Dogs than Barbara Boxer. Soon the tea-party anger is going to spill over and result in Boxer, Reid, etc. having reelection nightmares.
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With billionaire Warren Buffet sounding the alarm about the Federal Budget deficit, a retrospective look shows the unprecedented level of the deficit.
The 2009 deficit is projected to be $1.977 trillion. This is almost 12 times more than the deficits in the 1980s, 45 times the deficits in 1990s and nearly 8 times more than than deficits in the 2000s.
A multi-trillion dollar deficit is unsustainable and one of the most dangerous threats to the Country. The Obama Administration and Congress should shelve the Healthcare and Global Warming Bills and concentrate on the chronic economic problems that plague us.
"Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day. For all the president's touted intelligence, his un-teleprompted comments reveal a basic misunderstanding of capitalist principles."
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.
What happens when those 'slow operations' get put on overdrive?
What's wrong with America? I can't even afford an iPhone because someday I want to send my kid to college. Yet I see this:
Neal, you gotta love this. I'm at Wal-Mart, in line behind a woman who is using food stamps while talking on her iPhone
$640 Phone – $599 plus tax (~8%)
$60/mo Voice Plan – cheapest plan with unlimited nights and weekends
$40/mo MEdia Max 3000 Bundle – includes 3000 texts and unlimited MediaNet which I assume will work as the browse function on the iPhone
$8/mo Fees – lovely fees
So doing the math, and looking at a year of usage on this device, the total comes to (ATT rate plans):
Such a great speaker - NOT!
Caroline Baum, writing at Bloomberg, points out that the accumulation of Barack Obama gaffes about health care have now reached a critical mass:
When Obama compared the post office to UPS and FedEx, he was clearly hoping to assuage voter concerns about a public health-care option undercutting and eliminating private insurance.
What he did instead was conjure up visions of long lines and interminable waits. Why do we need or want a health-care system that works like the post office?…
… "If the private insurance companies are providing a good bargain, and if the public option has to be self-sustaining — meaning taxpayers aren't subsidizing it, but it has to run on charging premiums and providing good services and a good network of doctors, just like any other private insurer would do — then I think private insurers should be able to compete."
Self-sustaining? The public option? What has Obama been doing during those daily 40-minute economic briefings coordinated by uber-economic-adviser, Larry Summers?
Government programs aren't self-sustaining by definition. They're subsidized by the taxpayer. If they were self-financed, we'd be off the hook.