November 15, 2007

Ah, the Wonders of RomneyCare; Also, an Astounding Accusation by ‘Romniacs’

Note: This post has been moved to the top because of the importance of the topic.

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I received this e-mail from several people this morning:

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I am jaw-drop stunned that an allegedly Republican governor has allowed what’s in the red box above to become law in this country’s birthplace of freedom.

And what’s this about $50 co-pays for abortions? Really?

Really (pic is from the Commonwealth Care [i.e., RomneyCare] web site; original PDF document is here):

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As stated previously, I believe that Romney and his supporters, whom Gregg Jackson has taken to calling Romniacs, aren’t attempting to rebut Jackson’s detailed criticisms (here and here) of the former Massachusetts governor, because they can’t.

And now (I can’t believe I’m typing this) — Not only do the Romniacs cluelessly wonder why National Right to Life didn’t endorse their guy, they have the further gall to “speculate” that the guy NRTL did endorse paid them off (HT Life News):

Paul M. Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, said the endorsement “makes no sense,” and speculated that it had been motivated by money.

“I think in all probability the Thompson people were engaged with the National Right to Life people in financial dealing,” said Mr. Weyrich, who has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination.

Look, if you’re a Romniac, you can disagree with NRTL’s decision and point out reasons why, especially if you believe that a Human Life Amendment (HLA), which Thompson opposes, is the way to go (Fred wants Roe v. Wade overturned, and the states to decide individually at that point; I think the HLA should be tried, but only after Roe v. Wade goes away). It may very well be that its Thompson endorsement is not the smartest move NRTL has ever made. But raising the possibility of a payoff without a shred of evidence is a breathtakingly irresponsible move by people who should and do know better. If Weyrich et al have some kind of evidence, they’d better come out with it, right freaking now.

Meanwhile, Gregg Jackson’s, and others’, solid points about Romney’s campaign positions and performance as governor, backed by real evidence, stand unrefuted. We’re still waiting for something other than character assassination in response.

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UPDATE: Sally Pipes has more in a read-the-whole thing column on what’s really happening on the ground in the Bay State –

It’s one thing to pass a law, hold a press conference, and boldly declare to have solved an intractable public policy problem, such as the lack of universal health insurance. It’s quite another to actually have the so-called solution deliver as promised.

….. It’s now crunch time in Massachusetts. The estimated 500,000 residents who still haven’t purchased health insurance must sign up by November 15th or risk being fined $219 when tax time rolls around in April. Compared to the premiums, the many may elect the fines. But they all won’t do so quietly.

….. The plan doesn’t contain any meaningful cost-control mechanisms. The bureaucrats managing the new health care agency are expressing concern about cost trends. People purchasing the insurance are older and sicker than projected, resulting in losses to the insurance carriers. Outside of the plan, Massachusetts health insurers have projected increased health premiums of 8 to 12 percent. The plans for which the taxpayers are subsidizing will likely require similar increases in cash.

At this point, it seems smart for Mitt Romney to run from his plan and distance himself from its design even as Hillary Clinton and other Democrats embrace it.

Say what? I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea to elect someone who has to run away from what he at the time considered his centerpiece accomplishment as little as a year ago. What happens if the centerpiece accomplishment of a President Romney doesn’t work out? Does he then run to Mexico?

Positivity: Hero drags woman from blaze

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:01 pm

From Great Yarmouth, UK:

12 November 2007

A FISH and chip shop owner was this week hailed a hero after his daring rescue of a woman from a burning house in Caister.

The fierce glow from Blacksmith Cottages, High Street signalled Anthony Emmings’ switch from fryer to life-saver on Monday.

The drama unfolded at around 6.50pm on Bonfire Night and for a moment Mr Emmings was untroubled by the pretty flickers visible in the house close to the Beach Road chippy and burger bar he has run for 20 years.

But, seeing the door ajar, he soon sprang to action and dragged an unconscious woman from her smoke-choked home before going back inside to douse the kitchen and its “melting” appliances with his own extinguisher.

His valiant efforts look to have saved the woman, believed to be in her 40s, with firefighters on the scene hailing him a hero – and tucking into some chips.

Although officially the fire service does not encourage people to tackle fires themselves, a spokesman said the Mr Emmings had done a good job and his actions were to be commended.

Mr Emmings said it was his wife Jenny who first spotted the fire and alerted the emergency services.

Afterwards he said: “My wife phoned them straight away and they said not to let me go in the house but I was already in there – I could not stand there and let the house burn down.

“I do not know how I did what I did. I did not plan it I just did it. I was pretty pleased with it afterwards. It was a pretty big drama. The lady was in the hallway. In another minute she would not have been alive.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Carnival Barking, and Catch-up (111507)

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 2:29 pm

Last week’s 90th Carnival of Ohio Politics, compiled by Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle, is here.

This week’s 91st, compiled by Jill at WLST, is here.

Boring Made Dull’s 37th on Econ and Social Policy is here.

Enjoy them all.

SOBer Thoughts (111507)

This is the first half of a long-overdue catch-up post, to say the least. The other half will appear tomorrow. Hopefully I can get back into a once-a-week (or more) groove with this.

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Ohio Representative Danny Bubp, who is heading to Iraq, is a popular guy in the Alliance, as he should be. Andy’s Angle has an audio interview; Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion has a tribute. Stay safe, Mr. Bubp.

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Bearing Drift doesn’t like the Sirius-XM merger, though I think he wants shareholders, and not the FCC or the Justice Department, to stop it.

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Boring Made Dull is not impressed with the deal BizzyBlog Internet Wall of Shame member Yahoo! made with relatives and other associated with imprisoned journalists in China. He shouldn’t be. The journalists are where they are because of the company’s cooperation with the Chinese Communist police state, weren’t freed as a result of the talks, and should be freed immediately.

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Brain Shavings got to something I’ve been meaning to (which is why I need to do these posts more) — The UN is whining about US “control” of the Internet again. Claudia Rossett at Pajamas Media thinks this is something to be really worried about, but I don’t think the assembly of complainers has any real clout — yet. Nevertheless, they’re not to be ignored.

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Eye Hacker Blog has a story you know Old Media won’t touch unless their faces are rubbed in it — “Anglicans Ask to Join Catholic Church.” Lots of ‘em. And I’m sure you know why.

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TaxMan Blog (HT Conservative Culture) — “….. our military loses almost 1000 soldiers a year even in ‘non war’ eras.” I also like his newly-designed Michigan quarter.

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Patrick at Central Ohioans Against Terrorism has a must-see video (link to CBN article is here) with transcript, about terror sympathizers and terrorists — in Hillard, Ohio, and Metro Columbus. I don’t suppose anyone at the Columbus Dispatch has bothered to see it.

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Interested-Participant updates us onvirginity restoration.” Really.

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FYI News is 3. Congrats. It is a truly special place. Where else can you get news about coffee-preparing monkeys, cows fleeing McDonald’s, and the pants-lawsuit judge losing his job?

Couldn’t Help But Notice (111507)

Gregg Jackson notes that the specific points he raised last week on Mitt Romney’s record (also noted in this BizzyBlog post) have not been specifically refuted. Oh, but the attacks that are totally devoid of foundation on Jackson and two other Romney critics raising similar specific questions continue. The first several responses at Jackson’s Townhall column last night continue down that odious path.

We’re still waiting, people, and we’re not going away.

Update, 10:00 a.m.: Today is Commonwealth Care Penalty Day, and Romney supporters “speculate” that the Thompson campaign paid off the National Right to Life Committee for its endorsement (I’m not kidding). More at this post.

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Apparently Eliot Spitzer is trying to see how quickly his poll numbers can drop to zero:

Under a new policy, major electronic retailers, such as Amazon.com, will be required to collect sales tax on all purchases from New York. The policy, based on a novel legal theory, could hasten the end of the Internet’s era as a duty-free marketplace if other states follow New York’s lead. With the policy, New York immediately took the lead among states that are seeking to tax online commerce.

In essence, New York thinks it can force e-tailers with “affiliate” programs like Amazon to collect sales tax on every purchase made by a state resident if any one of those affiliates lives in the state. This would apply whether or not the purchase was made through an affiliate.

The state believes that a resident affiliate creates what is called “nexus,” or a business presence. I don’t believe the courts will buy this. If I’m wrong, the obvious response would be for e-tailers to end affiliate programs completely, or just for the states pursuing this “novel” theory.

Update: Spitzer has backed down, in what has to be close to record time.

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“Ho, ho, ho,” no mo, mo, mo (HT The Corner)?

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Give Fred Thompson credit, as an IBD editorial does, for stepping up with a Social Security reform plan:

It’s a gutsy move. Especially when you consider that President Bush, who courageously brought the topic up, got exactly nowhere with it — even with a Republican Congress.

There’s very little gain in this for Thompson politically. He will now take potshots from the AARP and other special interest groups, not to mention those on the left who will falsely accuse him of trying to “dismantle” Social Security.

That said, hats off to Thompson for his plan. It would trade off future benefits of those now working — people over 57 wouldn’t have their benefits touched — in exchange for letting them create 401(k)-style accounts. He would have government match the private savings that workers put in. And it’s entirely voluntary.

Workers could put aside as much as 2% of their Social Security money in a private investment fund. Upon retirement, they’d have a nest egg to pass on to their children. They’d also have the higher returns markets have always provided in modern history.

It beats the daylights out of the inevitable alternative, which is some combination of tax increases or benefit cuts.