Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care | Tags: Democrat Demagogues, Harry Reid, Liberal lies, Nancy Pelosi, Obama
The people of the United States are trying to tell you something. And you are not listening! America has the world’s best health care system. It has flaws. There is no perfection in this world. The flaws can be improved, if not fixed completely, but there is nothing that you are doing that actually fixes anything.
You claim to cover the uninsured, but at least 22 million remain uninsured under your plan. You claim to be saving Medicare by letting younger people “buy-in,” and then slashing Medicare payments by 20 percent. Are you nuts? There are many doctors that will not accept 20 percent less than what already does not cover their costs. They just won’t accept Medicare patients.
Many doctors have said that if this goes through, they will simply quit the practice of medicine. Did you think that a hollow threat? I wouldn’t bet on it.
One of your most precious ideas is the notion that a bevy of bureaucrats in Washington can look at a bunch of statistics that are only dimly understood, and decide from that who will get what treatment.
Medicine is not a one-size-fits-all deal. Patients are individuals and have different reactions to medicines, to treatments, to tests. Doctors learn skills in medical school and residencies, but the practice of medicine remains an art — trying to figure out just what is the right treatment for the individual patient. It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal when you have your own Cadillac plan with a complete clinic on call right downstairs. You forget that you are dealing in real people’s lives.
Medicare and Medicaid are already in the red. You’re going to cover everyone who is uninsured by forcing them to buy insurance, cover everyone who has a pre-existing condition, cover illegal immigrants, promise to cover all ills — just before you explain that we can’t afford it. Then you try to tell us that it will “bend the cost curve down?” This is simply the grossest kind of Liberal nonsense.
And where did you get the idea that in the United States of America you can plot Liberal fantasies in back rooms, behind closed doors, in secret? This is not the Soviet Politburo. You are way out-of-line: arrogant, historically ignorant, impervious to evidence and economically illiterate. You are making a mess.
This is a wake-up call! You really need to pay attention.
The splendid cartoon is by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez. See his political commentary every day here.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Law, Progressivism, The Constitution | Tags: Democrat Demagogues, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, President Obama
In a recent article from the blog at The American Heritage Foundation, the author quoted an excerpt from historian Thomas G. West, author of The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science:
The Founders thought that laws should be made by a body of elected officials with roots in local communities. They should not be “experts,” but they should have “most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society” (Madison). The wisdom in question was the kind on display in The Federalist, which relentlessly dissected the political errors of the previous decade in terms accessible to any person of intelligence and common sense.
The Progressives wanted to sweep away what they regarded as this amateurism in politics. … Only those educated in the top universities, preferably in the social sciences, were thought to be capable of governing. Politics was regarded as too complex for common sense to cope with. … Only government agencies staffed by experts informed by the most advanced modern science could manage tasks previously handled within the private sphere.
The Progressives did not intend to abolish democracy, to be sure. They wanted the people’s will to be more efficiently translated into government policy. But what democracy meant for the Progressives is that the people would take power out of the hands of locally elected officials and political parties and place it instead into the hands of the central government, which would in turn establish administrative agencies run by neutral experts, scientifically trained, to translate the people’s inchoate will into concrete policies.
This, the blog says, is why you have Obama’s Energy Secretary telling auto makers how they must build cars. This is why Obama’s health care plan empowers a panel of “experts” to reorganize one-sixth of our economy from the top down. Commonsense questions like “Won’t our electricity bills go up if we mandate power companies to use more expensive alternative energy sources?” and “Won’t our health insurance premiums go up if everyone is charged the same price and nobody can be refused coverage”” can’t be tolerated. People voicing such criticisms must be isolated and silenced.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Progressivism | Tags: Congress, Democrat Demagogues, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi
The Obama administration giveth with one hand and snatcheth away with the other. Obama himself has guaranteed auto warranties, so you don’t have to worry. Greg Pollowitz noted in Planet Gore at National Review:
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened the door to allowing higher mixes of ethanol in gasoline, a potential boon to farmers and the struggling ethanol industry, but opposed by auto makers whose consumer warranties typically are tied to the current EPA standard.
Well, of course. Ethanol producers have been going bankrupt left and right. If they go bankrupt, then farmers in the corn states won’t be able to sell their corn to to ethanol producers. Then there are auto makers, in deep trouble, possibly facing bankruptcy. They must come up with satisfactory plans promptly.
Obama wants them to make smaller, more energy-efficient cars, preferably hybrids or electric cars. Americans don’t want hybrids or electric cars. They want SUVs to cart the kids and their friends around safely, get around in the snow, and haul stuff from Home Depot around. Congress has mandated new mpg requirements that car makers cannot meet, and besides, the car makers are busy going bankrupt.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently reported on a series of test crashes between minicars and midsize models; and the death rate in minis is three times higher than in large cars. We’ve been hearing a lot about the green promise of high-efficiency cars. A 2002 National Research Council study found that CAFE standards contributed to about 2.000 deaths per year because of their restrictions on size and weight.
General Motors Volt , Obama’s car advisory group said, is not ready for prime time. It costs around $40,000 and goes only 40 miles on a charge. But then, the advisory group has only had 3 weeks to learn how to run a car company. Obama wants the Volt still on the table, as it is an all electric car.
Americans are not likely to use enough gas next year to accommodate the 13 billion gallons of ethanol that Congress has mandated. Current regulations limit the ethanol content in a gallon of gas to 10%. The industry wants that quantity lifted to 15% or even 20%. But only a fraction of cars on the road can run with ethanol blends higher than 10%. It can damage engines, corrode automotive pipes and impair some safety features. It can also mess up catalytic converters. It’s even worse in boats, snowmobiles, lawnmowers and so on. And to boot, there is little or no net reduction in CO2 over ordinary gasoline, if you are actually worried about CO2. The EPA has decided it can regulate CO2 as a dangerous pollutant because they are unfamiliar with photosynthesis and breathing.
U.S. oil refiners will be on the hook for liability for any problems arising from ethanol blending, because Congress refused to grant legal immunity for selling a product that complies with the mandates that it ordered. They just don’t like oil companies.
The refiners are also set to pay stiff fines for not fulfilling Congress’s mandates for second-generation cellulosic ethanol. The makers already admit that they won’t be able to churn out enough of the stuff to meet the targets that Congress decided on two years ago.
This is all aside from the fact that ethanol production has raised the cost of food by about $47 per year, per American. Plus, ethanol only gets produced with major subsidies from taxpayers. And there isn’t as much energy in a gallon of ethanol as there is in a gallon of gas — no matter what the source of the ethanol. So it doesn’t go as far.
In March 2008, a report commissioned by the Coalition for Balanced Food and Fuel policy (a coalition of eight meat, dairy and egg producers) estimated that the biofuel mandates passed by Congress will cost the U.S. economy more than $100 billion from 2006 to 2009. It also acts as a regressive tax on the poor to whom Obama is mailing checks called tax cuts, as soon as he get around to it.
There’s more, but you get the idea. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are right on top of everything. We’ll get it all ironed out really, really soon. Trust us.