Sunday, October 25, 2009

Choice and Competition

Please excuse my infrequent posts. While I never promised a steady diet of inspiring words, the events that have unfolded over the last few months chip away more and more of our freedom.

I don’t want to turn this Blog into a rant and rave cave, though it would be easy for me to do. I would rather to keep it positive.

With that in mind, here is an article on how the little nation of Singapore handles health care. They do it with choice and competition, rather than regulations and oversight. This is the direction we should be headed, not more into the mouth of the dragon.

What Singapore Can Teach the White House

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I Can Not Make This Up

Jeremiah Wright. William Ayers. Van Jones. Where does the rogues’ gallery of Barack Obama’s radical friends end? These people are not liberals. They are not “progressives.” They are radicals who hate America and in many cases have advocated or even perpetrated violence in an effort to destroy it.

Now we find out about Anita Dunn, Interim White House Communications Director, former top advisor to Obama’s political campaign, and wife of Obama’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer.

In a speech before high school students last June, Dunn spoke passionately about her two favorite political philosophers, “the two people I turn to most” for answers to important questions like “how to do things that have never been done before.” Who are these paragons? One was Mother Teresa. Dunn didn’t have much to say about her. Most of her enthusiasm was lavished upon her other favorite fount of political wisdom: Mao Tse-Tung.

Mao Tse-Tung! That would be the deviant monster who engineered the mass murder of anywhere from 50 to over 100 million people.


And from the community organizer himself

Barack Obama, in 2001:

You know, if you look at the victories and failures of the civil-rights movement, and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples. So that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it, I’d be okay, but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution — at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: [It] says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasn’t shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the civil-rights movement was because the civil-rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

They Don’t know Jack Shit

They don’t know jack shit and they have a vote. The trouble with a democracy is that the unwashed have a vote. They are uninformed, yet they have a vote. Nothing new - some Greek courageous generals lost their lives when the unwashed voted to condemn them.

Americans Flunk News Quiz

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Affordable Anything

After political crusades for "affordable housing" ended up ruining the housing market and much of the economy with it, many of the same politicians are now carrying on a crusade for "affordable health care." But what you can afford has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of producing anything.

Again, what you can pay has nothing to do with the production cost. I can afford to pay $20,000 for a new 42 foot Fountain, a go faster than hell boat. Regrettably, that would not buy the engines.

Refusing to pay the actual costs means that you are just not going to continue getting the same quantity and quality-- regardless of what any politician says or how well he says it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Steve Wynn said

Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization's history.  For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.  The only thing that creates an increased standard of living is giving someone a job, the demand for their labor -- whether it's you and I, or anybody else.  The people that are paying the price for this juggernaut of federal spending are the middle class and the working class of America.