July 17, 2009

Lickety-Split Links (071709, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:22 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies (wherein yours truly bravely attempts to restrain the compulsion to put in his 2 cents):

From Michelle Malkin’s latest column — “The Virginia-based Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimated that the administrative expenses of both programs (Medicaid and Medicare) last decade were 66% higher than those of private sector health insurance companies.”

Language of statist coercion, via the National Taxpayers Union — “the legislation empowers a very busy bureaucracy. The term “Secretary” — as in the Secretaries of Health & Human Services, Labor, Defense, and Veterans Affairs – appears 1,124 times in the bill. The Secretaries — along with Commissioners (199 references), Committees (76 references), and Boards (17 references) are busy conducting studies, developing methodologies, and receiving recommendations among other things — …. including requiring, limiting, penalizing, regulating, taxing, and enforcing their way to affordable health care for all.”

Leftists who question private funding sources for scientific studies, or well-designed polls funded by their ideological opponents, don’t seem to have a problem with a human rights org raising money in totalitarian countries. I wish that were an opinion. It’s an observation.

Kurt at FundMastery has posted Joe Crea’s column on statist health care that originally appeared here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday.

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf: “Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.” David Walker of GAO was saying this for years under Bush while the GOP controlled Congress, and then after the Democrats took over. Almost no one listened. The Obama admin’s permanent spending ramp-up has objectively exponentially increased the unsustainability.

Patrick Poole at PJM“An Islamic Hate Speaker Comes to Town (Columbus, OH).”

“There Will Be No Micromanagement” Update — “Obama Opposes House Plan to Protect Chrysler, GM Dealerships.”

WSJ, in an editorial, with analysis not seen at other establishment media outlets — “…. (the House health care bill’s) tax increases …. would take U.S. rates higher even than most of Europe. Yet even those increases aren’t nearly enough to finance the $1 trillion in new spending, which itself is surely a low-ball estimate. Meanwhile, the bill would create a new government health entitlement that will kill private insurance and lead to a government-run system.” Not-able-to-resist memo to IBD-bashers at yesterday’s post: Take that.