American Elephants

Don’t Make Promises That You Don’t Intend to Keep by The Elephant's Child

   President Obama’s Promises — Under the Presidential Bus

President Obama said “If you misrepresent what is in this [health care] plan, we will call you out.” So we’re calling him out.

PROMISE: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
UNDER THE BUS; Research shows that as many as 30 percent of employers will dump their employees out of their existing health care coverage. New coverage mandates are forcing plans to change, even for those who have moral objections.

PROMISE: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.”
UNDER THE BUS: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that the deficit reduction associated with PPACA is based on budget gimmicks, sleights of hand, accounting tricks, and completely implausible assumptions. The new law is actually a trillion-dollar budget buster.

PROMISE: “I will protect Medicare”
UNDER THE BUS: Medicare costs are to be held down by severe cuts in payments to physicians and other medical suppliers. Taxes on makers of medical equipment will reduce availability, and the Independent Pay Advisory Board will decide what tests will be available. Bureaucrats will decide if operations will be available or only palliative care.

PROMISE: “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.
UNDER THE BUS: Heritage lists 12 ways that ObamaCare will increase premiums instead of reducing health care costs, like allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ coverage and offer preventive services with no cost sharing.

PROMISE: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”
UNDER THE BUS:  A list of new taxes and tax hikes shows an increase of more than $500 billion in 10 years. The 2.3 percent tax on manufacturers and importers of medical devices will raise $20 billion between 2010 and 2019.

If People Won’t Do What You Want, Just Make it a Law, So They Have To! by The Elephant's Child
February 28, 2012, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Politics

A pair of major light bulb manufacturers, Philips and OSRAM, are teaming up with the United Nations in an attempt to pressure countries into participating in a “global transition” to more energy-efficient light bulbs. The two companies are both major manufacturers of the types of bulbs that would replace incandescents under the plan.

How utterly and completely offensive! Stupid people aren’t rushing to buy our new CFLs and LEDs fast enough, so let’s just get governments to mandate their use. Incandescent light bulbs have been cheap (a problem for light-bulb companies) and excellent in their ability to supply good light for general purposes, and for reading and fine work. CFLs are not up to that standard. Nasty light. LEDs are fine for outdoor light, but not ready for prime time for ordinary lighting purposes. But the manufacturers make a lot more money on CFLs and LEDs than on incandescent bulbs.

Governments have no business telling consumers what to buy, let alone what they must buy. Of course, getting your product mandated by the state will enhance the bottom-line. But politicians aren’t smart enough to make those decisions. The impulse to tyranny lies within us all. If people don’t seem to want to do what you want — just order them to.

At some point, LED or other light bulbs may prove to be superior and be offered at a desirable price. You win consumers over with the excellence of your product. People revolt against tyrants, big or little.  It takes a degree of restraint and wisdom to recognize those simple facts.

The United Nations needs to successfully master any of the tasks which the world has assigned to them, before it embarks on an effort to garner more power to itself. They do not have a record of accomplishment.

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