November 10, 2013

Krauthammer: ‘This Was Intended’

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:24 pm

Watch the whole thing (HT Noisy Room) — skip to 1:00 if you want to get past the preliminaries:

Snips:

  • “It wasn’t an apology.”
  • “We now know that … he knew a lot of Americans would lose their health insurance.”
  • “Obamacare could only work if … it was some set of Americans subsidizing others. … That was the intent.”
  • “The reflexive response of a liberal in trouble – spend more money …”

Kelly also noted something I haven’t seen or heard elsewhere in the press (to be clear, it may be out there, but I haven’t seen it) — The web site, in her words based on what the Obama admin’s lead person is saying, “remains a long way from where it needs to be, and there are doubts about whether it really will be fully functional by the end of the month.”

Paul Krugman in 2012: ‘Death Panels and Sales Taxes Is How We Do This’

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:09 pm

File under “Sarah Palin was right (again, and again)” and “There really is a government funding crisis” (HT Conservative Action Alerts):

Steyn: America’s ‘Drift Towards Despotism’

I believe there’s quite a bit of pushing going on beyond the drift described.

Here’s Mark Steyn at National Review:

The Drift toward Despotism
Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry as a threat.

… David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his buttocks, a subject on which New Mexico’s constabulary is apparently expert, and determined that it was because he had illegal drugs secreted therein. So they arrested him, and took him to Gila Regional Medical Center in neighboring Hidalgo County, where Mr. Eckert was forced to undergo two abdominal X-rays, two rectal probes, three enemas, and defecate thrice in front of medical staff and representatives of two law-enforcement agencies, before being sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy — all procedures performed against his will and without a valid warrant.

Alas, Mr. Eckert’s body proved to be a drug-free zone, and so, after twelve hours of detention, he was released. If you’re wondering where his lawyer was during all this, no attorney was present, as police had not charged Mr. Eckert with anything, so they’re apparently free to frolic and gambol up his rectum to their hearts’ content. Deming police chief Brandon Gigante says his officers did everything “by the book.” That’s the problem, in New Mexico and beyond: “the book.”
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Weekly Republican Address, 11/9/13: ‘This Is What Betrayal Looks Like’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:24 pm

Roll tape, with Rep. Todd Young (R-IN):

Just Two of the items noted in the video:

  • “Mike’s new plan will cost him $900 more per month.”
  • A couple where the wife is fighting cancer and had been in the state’s high-risk pool, which is being dissolved, has only one Obamacare provider available in her area. That company won’t cover her current doctors. “… her out-of-pocket costs to keep those doctors will cost $20,000 per year.” Choices: “1) End her treatment, or 2) go broke.”

As Rep. Young says, “The problem isn’t just a web site. It’s the whole law.”

After Updating, White House Website Still Says ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’; Politico’s Millman Won’t Say It’s False

Saturday afternoon, Politico’s Jason Millman, in an item incredibly headlined “Updated White House website keeps disputed Obamacare language,” reported that “The Obama administration has updated a White House website that says its health care law allows people to keep their plans if they like them — but the website still maintains the language that Obamacare opponents have aggressively attacked the past few weeks.”

No, Jason. The news is that the website still “maintains the language” which has been indisputably proven false by the millions of policy cancellations reported during the past several weeks. The real news has nothing to do with whether or not opponents “have aggressively attacked” it. Exhibiting deep denial equal to that of the White House, Millman did not acknowledge that the “you can keep you plan” statement is and has been false anywhere in his report. A screen grab of the language as it currently appears, and which Millman reports the administration now considers satisfactory, is after the jump (click on the graphic to open a larger version of it in a separate window or tab):

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‘Zeke the Bleak’ at His Putrid Peak

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

Ezekiel Emanuel’s outlook really reeks.

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This column went up at PJ Media on Thursday evening Pacific Time and was teased here at BizzyBlog Friday morning.

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On November 3, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel appeared on Chris Wallace’s Fox News show to defend the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Though I expected Emanuel, described by Wallace as one of the law’s “architects,” to administer unhealthy doses of contempt for anyone who believes in freer markets, individual autonomy, and the truth, I didn’t expect him to morph into the obnoxious person who may be Obamacare opponents’ best recruiting tool. The best strategy for conservatives and libertarians seeking to more quickly build opposition to Obamacare, which has grown significantly in the 40 days Americans have been able to experience some of what’s really in it, may be to widely distribute the video of Emanuel’s offensive Fox pefformance and root for the doctor to continue to do weekly rounds with Wallace.
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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111013)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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At the Weekly Standard: “What Happened in Laramie; Everything you know about Matthew Shepard is wrong”

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At Breitbart: DMV OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO GIVING ILLEGALS DRIVER’S LICENSES — “Three people in Virginia, including a DMV employee, pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to get state IDs or driver’s licenses for at least 300 illegal immigrants.”

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Occupation with just about the best job-growth record in the past decade: Regulatory compliance officer.

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NBC’S CHUCK TODD: OBAMA ‘DOES NOT BELIEVE HE LIED’ about his “you can keep your plan” promise.

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In Venezuela last week, in between overseeing a crumbling state-run health care system and going after “price gougers,” President Nicolas Maduro “created a Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness.” It probably doesn’t translate the same way into Spanish, but I like “Ministry of Ultimate Social Happiness” better, i.e., MUSH.

Positivity: Archbishop Aquila — rejection of God threatens democracy

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Nov 1, 2013 / 12:10 am

The Archbishop of Denver warned that an increasing rejection of God endangers the foundations of democracy, urging Catholics to embrace the truth of the Gospel and to live it “both personally and publicly.”

“When one does away with God, one embraces, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the father of lies and the evil one,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila said in an Oct. 27 homily.

“If there is no truth and if there is no God that is referenced, it means that we, as human beings, are the ones who decide what is good and what is evil,” he added, warning that the complete rejection of God results not in true freedom and justice, but in “dictatorship” and “totalitarianism.”

His homily was delivered at the archdiocesan Red Mass, celebrated at Regis University in Denver. The Red Mass is a more than 700-year-old tradition invoking the Holy Spirit’s aid for lawyers, judges, and government officials.

Archbishop Aquila drew on Christ’s parable from the Gospel of Luke about the prayers of the self-righteous Pharisee and the humble tax collector. He noted that both men recognized the presence of God, but the humble one who recognized “his dependence on God, is the one who is exalted.”

The archbishop said that modern society’s rejection of God is a unique challenge.

“While the two men who prayed in the parable both recognized God, the great challenge for today, and especially in our own society, are those who want to impose secularism upon us, and radical secularism – a complete denial of God.”

He contrasted this with the view of the Founding Fathers, who held that natural rights come from God. …

Go here for the rest of the story.