January 4, 2014

WaPo’s Kliff Lets Obamacare Architect Who Promised Cost Savings Totally Change His Tune

Here’s a nice catch by Kyle Wingfield at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In late October, continuing a four-year pattern of making such claims, MIT’s Jonathan Gruber, who along with Ezekiel “Zeke the Bleak” Emanuel is considered one of the two “architects” of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, pointed to a study which claimed that “the Affordable Care Act is working even better than expected, producing more coverage for much less money.” But, as Wingfield noted in his Friday column, Gruber sang a totally different tune when quoted in the Washington Post on Thursday.


Jesse Myerson, Occupy ‘Leader’ Turned Far-Left Rolling Stone ‘Journalist,’ Explains It All

It’s hard to know what’s more ridiculously entertaining when choosing between Jesse A. Myerson’s “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For,” the illogical screed in Rolling Stone which would lead to the enslavement of those about whom he claims to be concerned, or Myerson’s tweets as the opprobrium has poured in.

Since Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters has handled Myerson’s original work, I’ll have fun with the tweets. And it will be a pleasure to turn around Saul Alinsky’s Fifth Rule for Radicals (“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”).


Iraq: Obama’s to Lose, and He’s Losing It

U.S. troops won the Iraq War in 2008.

Thus, as I wrote in January 2009 (“The hope is that Barack Obama won’t bungle his way into losing what George Bush and the US military won”), Iraq has been his to lose since he became President.

In April 2009, just three months later, I wrote that “it seems that for the first time in well over a year, the enemies of representative government in Iraq are emboldened, and that Obama has allowed a terror-encouraging progression that could lead to losing what we’ve won to begin.”

Now Al Qaeda has taken control of Fallujah and Ramadi.

Iraq has been Obama’s to lose, and he’s losing it.

Elections matter.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010414)

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.


Nothing to see here; move along: “Report: New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time.” Specifically, “New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has just shown how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable.”


From before Christmas, something which shouldn’t be forgotten: “‘MUZZLED’: EPA silenced scientists that challenged their agenda”


Politifact evaluated its 2013 “Lie of the Year” (Obamacare’s ‘Keep Your Health Plan’ Promise) as “True” in 2008.

Related, via Charles Krauthammer: “That was a fraud from the very beginning. The law was designed to throw people off their private plans and into government-run exchanges where they would be made to overpay — forced to purchase government-mandated services they don’t need — as a way to subsidize others.”


In the Wall Street Journal on December 28:

Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues
The cultural critic on why ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization.

That should be “is already undermining Western civilization.”


Matt Drudge’s trenchnat tweet (HT Twitchy): “Note how none of the yearender ‘lists’ rank IRS scandal as a top story. Reporters and editors are scared s***less.”


Under the radar: “Pension Predicament: 14 NEA Affiliates Have Almost $700 Million in Unfunded Liabilities”


Genuine conservatives and freedom lovers, please note: New Jersey Governor Christ Christie is allowing rampant abuse of eminent domain in the wake of the Superstorm Sandy cleanup.


As long as this continues to be true when flash mob attacks occur — “no arrests were made” — flash mob attacks will continue.


From a Christmas Day op-ed by John H. Cochrane in the Wall Street Journal:

What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels
Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers, and lifelong and renewable.

… A much freer market in health care and health insurance can work, can deliver high quality, technically innovative care at much lower cost, and solve the pathologies of the pre-existing system.

… Only deregulation can unleash competition. And only disruptive competition, where new businesses drive out old ones, will bring efficiency, lower costs and innovation.

Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers; lifelong and guaranteed-renewable, meaning you have the right to continue with no unexpected increase in premiums if you get sick. Insurance should protect wealth against large, unforeseen, necessary expenses, rather than be a wildly inefficient payment plan for routine expenses.

People want to buy this insurance, and companies want to sell it. It would be far cheaper, and would solve the pre-existing conditions problem. We do not have such health insurance only because it was regulated out of existence.


I may be misreading the situation, but I see former Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s involvement with an anti-pot legalization group as the ultimate in cynical political opportunism aimed at career resurrection. We’ll see.

Positivity: Personal Thoughts on ‘Render Unto Caesar’

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

The Wall Street Journal’s annual Christmas editorial struck me differently this year, and I’m finally getting around to sharing how that’s the case.

Here’s most of it (bolds are mine):

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar.

Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so.

But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression—for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. There was the impressor to find recruits for the circuses. There were executioners to quiet those whom the Emperor proscribed. What was a man for but to serve Caesar?

There was the persecution of men who dared think differently, who heard strange voices or read strange manuscripts. There was enslavement of men whose tribes came not from Rome, disdain for those who did not have the familiar visage. And most of all, there was everywhere a contempt for human life. What, to the strong, was one man more or less in a crowded world?

Then, of a sudden, there was a light in the world, and a man from Galilee saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.

My “new” (to me) perspective is that Christ’s famous “render unto Caesar” message is more than a command to have balanced spiritual and secular lives. It is also a command to NOT “render unto Caesar” — or to any other man-made governance — that to which Caesar is not entitled, be it financial resources, or power, or control over aspects of one’s everyday life.

It is no accident that our country’s Founders, the mid-19th century abolitionists and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s were all spiritually based in Christian values and ethics. In fact, the struggles of the first 20 centuries after Christ was on this earth were primarily about, and continue to be about, putting Caesar in his rightful place.

The prolife and Tea Party movements share their legacy, their values, and their goals — a proper alignment between Caesar and God — which respects all human life and provides citizens the inalienable, God-given rights and opportunities we were put on this earth to pursue.