Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

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Snowstorm AlGore and the Copenhagen disaster

December 12, 2009

The midwest and Texas are experiencing winter weather as bad as it gets, yet the world’s pseudo-scientists and super-socialists are meeting right now in Copenhagen to determine how best to prevent us from driving cars, heating our homes and eating meat. Luckily, they have their 1,200 limousines and 140 private jets on standby in case the weather gets too cold for them to handle.

With Copenhagen ignoring Climategate and Congress set to pass an historic erosion of our right to choose our own healthcare, the only thing in danger of burning up this Christmas season is our freedom.

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Health care reform: What could possibly go wrong?

August 21, 2009

Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to put things into their proper perspective. This from his show a few days ago:

“Obama’s health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn’t understand it. It’ll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that’s nearly broke.  What could possibly go wrong?”

When you put it like that (and that’s about as accurate a description of this disaster as anyone can come up with), it is no wonder why the American people are so opposed to Obamacare. This president has not delivered on any of his campaign promises, has surrounded himself with a cabinet full of thugs…and wonders why things have become, in his words, “all wee-weed up.”

The final House vote on this bill cannot come soon enough. Kill this thing and be done with it.

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“Profit” is a six-letter word, not four

August 11, 2009

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) hates the concept of profits. “Insurance companies make an excess of $12 billion in profits every year. That’s where the reform needs to happen,” she says.

Instead of criticizing the problem of access to insurance, or the limitations private insurance puts on healthcare access (which we are being told is the problem), McCaskill makes no attempt to conceal what the debate over healthcare is about. It’s a government takeover of a profitable industry in the interest of redistributing wealth and exterminating the private sector.

The failure of Left-wing economics is the tendency to disavow any role for profit in creating progress. All economic progress we have made in this country has been made because greedy capitalists sought profits. The light bulb, the automobile, the television…these were all invented by greedy, profit-seeking bastards. So were penicillin, the stethoscope, the smallpox vaccine, the heart monitor and other inventions that have made it exponentially easier to keep people alive and healthy than it was hundreds of years ago. And the sterilization tools, floor mops, latex gloves and millions of miles of rubber tubing that every hospital and doctor’s office uses are created by companies motivated not by some utopian altruism, but by an interest in making a product that people demand and selling it for profit.

Profit-seeking is a natural and inextinguishable human motive. If it were not natural, evolution would not have allowed living organisms to develop instincts of self-preservation. The beauty of a truly free market is that this natural and human instinct of profit-seeking can be harnessed to place limits on profit seekers themselves. Apple cannot charge $1 million for an iPod; it must make its iPods affordable enough that they can be purchased en masse by consumers who demand it because it has intrinsic value and it is in their self-interest to do so. The profit-seeking motive of the consumer, manifest in his interest in saving as much money as possible, limits the profit-seeking motive of the producer.

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flag@whitehouse.gov: Making a list and checking it twice

August 8, 2009

Barry and his henchwoman Pelosi are a little concerned about their healthcare reform proposal. They can’t understand why Americans are so passionately against government-run-and-rationed healthcare. And when they see videos like this, they realize they have to send in union thugs to beat up people who gather to speak their voice about this abomination.

Since the Democrats are obviously smarter than everyone else in America, there has to be some other reason why people aren’t blindly following what our wise elected leaders are telling us. It has to be people spreading “lies” and “misinformation” about healthcare reform!

To get to the bottom of the “lies” and “misinformation” (i.e. any form of speech or debate that conflicts with the Administration’s stance), the White House wrote a blog post on Thursday asking citizens to help them out:

“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.”

So this is what “Hope” and “Change” have come to now: reporting dissenters to the President so he can make a list of people who disagree with him. Who knows what will happen to flag@whitehouse.gov…perhaps they’ll get rid of it (though apparently they can’t, since they can’t delete emails sent to the White House), or they’ll keep it and compile their list and make it as clear to everyone else as it is to me that this is an authoritarian administration which is as caustic to freedom and liberty as it gets.

If anyone would like to report my blog to flag@whitehouse.gov, I will gladly be a martyr for the cause if it means delaying our enslavement by the welfare state a little bit longer.

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Democracy and dissent: you can’t have one without the other

August 4, 2009

It’s a common scenario these days: Obama stands up at the podium during his press conference, pitches some kind of “reform” that commands a massive government-led assault on the private sector, and he warns Republicans to “stop playing partisan politics and get on board with real reform.” These days, anyone who questions Obama-brand Change™ gets labeled as a partisan fearmonger who should stop questioning The Messiah and jump on the bandwagon. To do otherwise would be to harm the American People.

I am reminded of a quote by Jonah Goldberg when I saw him speak on his book Liberal Fascism a few years ago. Someone asked him what he thought of people who questioned the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies. I’ll have to paraphrase what he said because I don’t remember it verbatim. His answer:

“Dissent is the cornerstone of democracy. You can’t have an effective democracy without a free marketplace of ideas and without someone questioning the status quo once in awhile. When you try to stifle or suppress dissenting views, you end up with a sort of soft fascism–sure, everyone’s happy because they all outwardly agree with each other, but everyone is a little less free because of it.”

It stuck with me because at the time, I was in with the “only America-haters question Bush” crowd. Now although I still agree with many of his anti-terror policies, I know better than to think that elected leaders always know best.

Obama is the quintessential liberal fascist. He believes in massive government takeover of the private sector and refuses to permit anyone to question that policy goal. Accusations of “partisan politics” are just another way of saying “free speech has no place here, because we can’t allow popular opinion to interfere with the ambitious goals of the State.”

The passionate and public displays of dissent against Obama’s attempt to socialize healthcare make me proud to be an American. When I watch videos like this one, I know that the Democrats are not going to be able to ram this one down our throats as easily as they once thought (the best part starts at 1:18):

I’m always afraid that America is becoming more like Europe–more content to live off the government dole and not question the sad realities of the social democratic state. But then I see these videos (like this one and this one which were also featured on DrudgeReport yesterday, as was the one above) and I realize that America’s individualist tradition isn’t about to die quietly. Like I’ve said before, the administration’s policies might be the wakeup call everyone needs before they realize that central planning, government intervention and socialism are the antithesis of prosperity and freedom.

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Obamacare has no choice but to fail.

July 23, 2009

I have faith in the American system as I see this healthcare debate continue. Not only is the public realizing how much money and liberty Obama’s plan will cost them, but the Blue Dog Democrats alike are starting to wake up, and may actually be the ones to protect us from this government invasion of our already barely-free healthcare market.

One news story I read characterized Obama’s plan as something about to “awaken a sleeping giant.” We can only hope that this could be the one event that makes the public realize what this president is doing to exterminate this country’s belief in individual sovereignty. As the American people become less and less thrilled with the accumulation of federal debt and the nationalization of major sectors of our economy, I think that they will turn back towards the light.

I am reminded of a quote from Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You:

“We may dispute upon the question whether the nestlings are ready to do without the mother-hen and to come out of the eggs, or whether they are not yet advanced enough. But the young birds will decide the question without any regard for our arguments when they find themselves cramped for space in the
eggs. Then they will begin to try them with their beaks and come out of them of their own accord.”

As Obama, the self-proclaimed mother-hen of sorts, ramps up his war upon the American Dream, the people will fight back. This is against our Constitution, our free markets, our culture of classical liberalism and pluralism and our way of life.  In the end, it will work out the way it was supposed to. Americans will have to pull the plug on Obamacare or lose their freedom, and when faced with tough decisions, Americans will choose their freedom over involuntary servitude, whether the paternalists in government want to accept that or not.

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The Obamacare restaurant analogy

July 22, 2009

A phenomenally well-done video analogizing socialized healthcare to a government-run restaurant.

I kind of wish they would emphasize the public sector-private sector tidbit they throw in at the very end–about the end of competition (and thus, the incentives to keep prices low and quality high) if government assumes control. Regardless, I think the video does a pretty good job of tailoring the intellectual arguments against socialism to a situation that most people can relate to…waiting forever to get service at a restaurant.  Can’t wait to see Part 2!