August 19, 2009

Imagine That ….

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:16 pm

…. The government isn’t paying its bills, and expects small businesses to be able to wait, and wait, and wait without consequence:

Hundreds of auto dealers in the New York area have withdrawn from the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, citing delays in getting reimbursed by the government, a dealership group said Wednesday.

The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, which represents dealerships in the New York metro area, said about half its 425 members have left the program because they cannot afford to offer more rebates. They’re also worried about getting repaid.

If you think this is bad, imagine what it would be like under statist health care.

NB Post on ‘Conservatives Outnumber Libs in All 50 States’ Picked Up by WSJ

Cool:

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First few paragraphs:

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Original posts: BizzyBlog; NewsBusters

Thanks to the folks at the WSJ’s Opinion Journal Federation for thinking enough of the work to pick it up.

On the Baghdad Bombings

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 11:44 am

Reuters: “Baghdad blasts kill 95, Iraqi security criticised”

Remember, this war is this administration’s to lose, and this Congress’s to lose, because the Bush 43 administration won ittwice.

Lucid Links (081909, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:13 am

Erick Erickson at Red State (“Dear Senator Mike Enzi and Heritage Foundation: Shut Up”):

Because I am a big fan and come from a family of donors to the Heritage Foundation, I take no pleasure at all in writing this post. But this must be said.

The Heritage Foundation, which played a vital part in building conservative support for Romneycare in Massachusetts, is setting the stage for Republican capitulation on healthcare. This is the second time in less than a year that Heritage will have been instrumental in organizing a conservative collapse in opposition to big government. The first time was when Heritage gave conservatives cover to support TARP, calling it “vital and acceptable.”

Now with healthcare, because Heritage is trying to be “helpful”, confusion is starting to crop up among Republicans in Congress at a very critical time in the healthcare debate. Capitulation and compromise are now on the table using a bastardized version of a Heritage proposal.

….. The Heritage Foundation is a profoundly good organization. I have many friends there. I hate to ding them for this. But this must be said. Their continued push for cooperatives at this time muddies water, confuses congressmen, and plays right into the hands of Democrats eager for a new talking point to sell a government healthcare option.

Erick doesn’t go far enough. Though Heritage clearly has many good people, sensible conservatives (a redundant term, of course) need to drop the presumption that Heritage as an institution is “profoundly good.” If the RomneyCare debacle isn’t evidence of that, what is?

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Maybe Glenn Beck should send money to those trying to orchestrate a boycott against him, based on this Media Bistro item (HT to Erick at Red State, who is really hitting his stride these days):

“The Glenn Beck Program”, which airs out of primetime at 5pmET, had its highest rated week ever among Households (1,907,000) and Total Viewers (2,409,000), and second best week in the A25-54 demo (682,000).

Beck was #2 in his time period in both Total Viewers and the demo in all of cable last week, behind NICK, and beating his cable news competition combined in Total Viewers and the demo.

Related: Fox News’s ratings as a whole are on fire. On Monday, Fox News outdrew CNN, MSNBC, and CNN headline combined in every hour from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the 25-54 demographic, and in every hour from 5-11 overall. It’s the Number 2 cable network of any genre (one-page PDF) in primetime.

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Pamela Geller at American Thinker (my title) — “Dhimmitude Infects the State Department — Along with Gross Violations of the Establishment Clause.”

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Martin Feldstein at the Wall Street Journal:

Although administration officials are eager to deny it, rationing health care is central to President Barack Obama’s health plan. The Obama strategy is to reduce health costs by rationing the services that we and future generations of patients will receive.

Rationing without recourse is central to EVERY statist health system.

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At the Strata-Sphere“Did Government Run Healthcare In The UK Needlessly Kill 17,000 People?” The underlying article is from early 2008 at the UK Guardian, and is based on a study by that country’s Taxpayer Alliance using data from 2005. These are “people receiving treatment in the UK …. (who) died unnecessarily because of the inadequacies of the NHS. That would be the equivalent of about 85,000 here in the U.S. Even people who receive rationed statist care aren’t getting decent care.

Catholic convert who was world’s oldest student passes away

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

I’m not convinced of Guinness’s “world’s oldest student” claim, but this is a nice story nonetheless:

The Kenyan man named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest pupil, who enrolled in classes to learn to read the Bible and converted to Catholicism in the final years of his life, died in Nairobi on Friday morning at the age of 81.

Stephen Kimani Maruge died at Cheshire Home for the aged after receiving the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick from Comboni missionary Fr. Paulino Mondo, the Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA) reports. He had lived the last three years of his life at the home, where he ultimately succumbed to cancer of the esophagus.

Fr. Mondo said one of Maruge’s children was present at his death. He reported it was Maruge’s wish to die at the home and said the man would be given a Christian funeral.

In 2003, Maruge enrolled at a primary school in western Kenya after the government of President Mwai Kibaki fulfilled its election pledge to offer free and compulsory primary education.

Maruge, who said he enrolled in order to learn to read the Bible for himself, was in Class Seven at the time of his death.

Go here for the rest of the story.