January 7, 2008

Outrage of the Day from AP’s Nedra Pickler: ‘Aborted Fetuses Who Survive’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:18 pm

I don’t know how you top the example coming up for simultaneous outrage and doublespeak.

It’s from Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press, covering Hillary Clinton’s claim that Barack Obama — known to yours truly as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) — is not a strong enough defender of abortion “rights.”

You can’t say that Ms. Pickler didn’t come come up with a staunch, but also patently offensive, “defense”:

During his eight years in the legislature, Obama cast a number of votes on abortion and received a 100 percent rating from the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council for his support of abortion rights, family planning services and health insurance coverage for female contraceptives. He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive, a vote that especially riled abortion opponents.

I would think that the idea of leaving “aborted fetuses who survive” by themselves to die would rile anyone but the most hard-hearted feminist.

I guess this is Obama’s special brand of “you’re on your own.”

Jim Taranto at Best of the Web earlier today relayed the reality to Nedra “PC” Pickler:

There is a word in English for “aborted fetuses who survive.” They are called infants.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Excuse Me? NH Workers/Voters Fleeced by Objectively Unfit Massachusetts Mitt …. And Now He Wants Their Vote?

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:06 pm

This ought to be in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. But unfortunately, it’s an ugly reality:

SOON AFTER becoming Massachusetts governor, Willard Mitt Romney retroactively imposed new taxes on non-residents, including Granite State citizens who work, conduct business, and/or invest in the Bay State. Romney’s higher taxes reached into New Hampshire and helped vacuum at least $95 million in marginal income back across the border.

According to Massachusetts Department of Revenue figures, the total amount that New Hampshire taxpayers surrendered to Massachusetts grew from $213.6 million in 2002 to $248.9 million in 2006, a 16.5 percent increase. (Data for 2006 are preliminary.)

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A Miracle: Someone in the Media Gets It On Objectively Unfit Mitt

Kim Strassel didn’t write it herself as her own assessment, but she put a quote from someone else into her OpinionJournal.com column today that will do nicely in the circumstances:

They include people like Bonnie (who preferred not to use her last name), an accountant who turned out in frigid temperatures to support Rudy Giuliani at an event in Salem, N.H., and who demonstrated a critical knowledge of Mr. Romney’s record: “[He] allowed gay marriages in Mass[achusetts].

Well, knock me out of my chair.

Thanks, Kim. Where have your fellow Old Media members been?

After oh-so-many months (actually years), it takes a business newspaper to prominently publish the truth (and an accountant to articulate it – ha).

Bonnie is exactly right.

That’s why Romney is Objectively Unfit Mitt.

If you’re on the home page, click on “more” for the boiled-down but sufficiently detailed recitation that explains it all.

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Unfit Mitt’s Economic Performance as MA Gov Makes Mike Dukakis Look Good

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:29 am

OVERVIEW: As far as economic governance is concerned, Mitt Romney all to closely resembles former Ohio Governor Bob Taft, except that Romney wears better suits.

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In late July of last year, Andrew Sum and Joseph McLaughlin of the Center for Market Studies at Northeastern University (“about us” page is here) wrote a column for the Boston Globe about how the economy of Massachusetts fared under Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney while he was governor.

Quick answer — not well at all.

Some details (HT John Haskins in an e-mail) from this read-the-whole-thinger:

….. Our analysis reveals a weak comparative economic performance of the state over the Romney years, one of the worst in the country.

….. While the number of employed people over age 16 in the United States rose by nearly 8 million, or close to 6 percent, between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed residents in the Commonwealth is estimated to have modestly declined by 8,500. Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents. The aggregate number of people 16 and older either working or looking for work in Massachusetts fell over the Romney years.

….. Between July 2002 and July 2006, the US Census Bureau estimated that 222,000 more residents left Massachusetts for other states than came here to live. This high level of net domestic out-migration was equivalent to 3.5 percent of the state’s population, the third highest rate of population loss in the country. Excluding the population displacement effects of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana, Massachusetts would have ranked second highest on this measure. We were a national leader in exporting our population.

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The RomneyCare Crackup Is Arriving Early (Heavy Fines and Rationing; Also See the Various Updates)

OVERVIEW: After one year, Commonwealth Care (aka RomneyCare) in Massachusetts is imploding even earlier than I predicted, due to “spiraling costs.” Punitive fines of $912 – $1,824 are to be imposed on those who would rather not participate in the so-called “grand experiment.”

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In mid-October of last year, well before I learned how Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney is to serve as president, I predicted this (fourth item at link):

Let me be the first to say it: It’s becoming painfully clear (link requires subscription) that Mitt RomneyCare in Massachusetts is blowing up, and will get nothing but worse between now and November 2008. If he’s the nominee, he’ll be playing the same game Michael Dukakis played unsuccessfully in 1988 — covering up the Bay State’s disastrous financial situation. Except this time, the other party controls the Governor’s Office. Deval Patrick will gleefully point to the mess he has inherited, and will then tout HillaryCare II as the “better, more comprehensive” solution.

For this reason alone, I believe that Mitt Romney should NOT be the GOP nominee. Period.

Okay, maybe it will be BOOHOOcare (courtesy of Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) or EdwardsCare. The prediction about RomneyCare’s blowup is what’s important.

Well, I was wrong about how long it would take for RomneyCare’s financial problems to become visible. The big trouble is coming much earlier than I thought:

Massachusetts is facing a daunting goal as it enters the second year of its grand experiment of extending health care coverage to nearly all citizens – reining in spiraling costs that could threaten the landmark law.

“The sustainability of reform depends on our ability to restrain or constrain or moderate the increase in costs,” said Jon Kingsdale, executive director of the Health Insurance Connector Authority, which oversees the health care law.

“That’s going to take a huge concerted effort by all players in the health care area,” he added.

For Massachusetts residents deemed able to afford health care, but refuse, that means facing new monthly fines that could total as much as $912 for individuals and $1,824 for couples by the end of the year.

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Couldn’t Help But Notice (010708)

Covering further Chinese clampdowns on the Internet, and following up on 2007 predictions made at the end of 2006 by Forbes’s Rich Karlgaard and Biz Weak:

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Positivity: She’s 1 in a Million

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From New Bedford, Massachusetts:

When Jerry Parkhurst of Memphis, Tenn., was diagnosed in summer 2005 as having acute lymphoblastic leukemia, he knew he needed a miracle.

Little did he know that the miracle would come in the form of 35-year-old New Bedford resident, Lucie Costa.

“I can’t even begin to thank her for what she did for me,” said Mr. Parkhurst, 25, who is known to his family and friends as Chip.

“She saved the life of a complete stranger.”

When Mr. Parkhurst was diagnosed as having the particularly aggressive form of leukemia, he was given less than 30 days to live unless he immediately began chemotherapy.

Although he initially responded well to treatment, it soon became apparent that a bone marrow transplant would be his only chance for survival.

“It came on so quickly, we were completely taken by surprise,” recalled Chip’s father, Jerry Parkhurst Sr., also of Memphis.

When no bone marrow match was found within Chip’s family, the Parkhursts focused their hopes on the National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that pairs potential donors with patients. The program has millions of members who agree to participate in lifesaving bone marrow transplants if they match a patient in need.

“It was real tough because they found this man who was a perfect match and he failed the physical exam,” said Chip, a recent college graduate and avid athlete.

Then the program turned up Ms. Costa, who resides in New Bedford with her husband, Brian, and son, Zachery.

Although she wasn’t a perfect match, she was Chip’s best hope for a cure.

“Needless to say, we were doing backflips,” the elder Mr. Parkhurst said. “The fact that a person would be willing to do something like this for someone they don’t even know is amazing.”

So without ever having met Chip and without even knowing his name at the time, Ms. Costa donated her bone marrow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, enabling Chip to receive a lifesaving marrow transplant in summer 2006.

Go here for the rest of the story.