Friday, June 12, 2009

Universal Health Care - It’s Not Just Maine’s Program That Fails

So, the House of Representatives is slapping together a health care overhaul bill, at the behest of Obama, which of course will cost a bundle, paid for with, what else, but taxes.

Michael Tanner, in a piece at National Review titled How Not to Reform Health Care, notes that the State of Maine’s try at reforming health care and universal health care is failing, miserably, and states the following.

As the national debate over health-care reform begins, many in Congress are looking to Massachusetts as a model for what that reform might look like. Indeed, from mandates and subsidies to some form of exchange or “connector,” many of the key components of the Massachusetts reforms are likely to end up in the bill to be voted on this year.

But three years after it was voted in, experience suggests the “Massachusetts model” actually provides an object lesson in how not to reform health care. The program has failed in its main goal of achieving universal coverage. It has failed to restrain the growth in health-care costs. And it has greatly exceeded its initial budget, placing new burdens on the state’s taxpayers.

Let’s not forget the abject failure of the State of Wisconsin’s attempt at the same game.

This exercise is especially instructive, because it reveals where the “single-payer,” universal coverage folks end up. Democrats who run the Wisconsin Senate have dropped the Washington pretense of incremental health-care reform and moved directly to passing a plan to insure every resident under the age of 65 in the state. And, wow, is “free” health care expensive. The plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes. It represents an average of $510 a month in higher taxes for every Wisconsin worker.

Employees and businesses would pay for the plan by sharing the cost of a new 14.5% employment tax on wages. Wisconsin businesses would have to compete with out-of-state businesses and foreign rivals while shouldering a 29.8% combined federal-state payroll tax, nearly double the 15.3% payroll tax paid by non-Wisconsin firms for Social Security and Medicare combined.

The above quote I grabbed from a Wall Street Journal article titled Cheese Headcases Wisconsin reveals the cost of “universal” health care., back in July 2007, and noted so in a post I titled Stop Universal Health Care Now! - Learn from Wisconsin.

Third time does not make a charm, especially at the national level.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 05:03 PM
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Representative Laura Richardson - Unresponsive to Constituents and a Blight

Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s website states that she is “proudly serving the 37th District of California,” which is a line of BS.  You see Richardson is actually serving herself, which in most instances I would applaud, but since Richardson decided to become a professional jobholder, and has pledged to serve her constituents rather than herself, she has reneged on her pledge, just as she has reneged on being a responsible homeowner.

John Bailey thought it was great when his neighbor was elected to the House of Representatives in 2007.

“Not everyone lives next door to a congresswoman,” he said.

But two years later, he doesn’t feel so lucky. The congresswoman’s house is abandoned and in disrepair, “a blight on the neighborhood,” Bailey said…

Neighbors have complained to the city, written letters and e-mails to Richardson and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , but the three-bedroom house remains an eyesore. Neighbors just wish she would sell it or let it go into foreclosure, anything to get it into the hands of someone who would care.

“She shows total disregard for everyone in the neighborhood,” said Sean Padovan, a retired police sergeant. “She ought to be embarrassed and ashamed.”

Well, Mr. Padovan, I hate to say it, but you get what you vote for.  As for Richardson, she is a blight on not only Californian’s, but all American individuals, and that is hardly surprising, either.

Congresswoman’s abandoned house angers neighbors

Via The Obscure Store.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 02:20 PM
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Leopard vs Crocodile

Would a leopard be more apt to attack a crocodile, or would a crocodile be more apt to attack a leopard?  I’d definitely say the latter, but, things don’t always go the way we think they may.

Picture exclusive: The incredible moment a leopard attacks a crocodile

Via Fred Lapides’ GoodShit.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 01:15 PM
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Firing the AmeriCorps IG - Because “I Won,” So Get Over It

The headline for the Washington Examiner opinion piece regarding the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps IG Gerald Walpin reads What’s behind Obama’s sudden attempt to fire the AmeriCorps inspector general?

Within the piece we read this.

The Act (Inspectors General Reform Act - ed.) also requires the president to outline the cause for his decision to remove an IG.  Beyond saying that he did not have the “fullest confidence” in Walpin, Obama gave no reason for his action.

Let me outline the cause/reason Obama is stating in his oh so brief remarks for Walpin’s firing.  Because “I won.”

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 12:11 PM
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Paul Krugman is an Idiot

Paul Krugman, who writes for the New York Times and who unfortunately has some lefty, liberal influence, has lost his mind.  Many other individuals have noted this over time, so this is not news, per se.  Today, Krugman glaringly displays his idiocy in response to the scumbag who wanted to shoot up the Holocaust Museum and killed a security guard, stating that the Department of Homeland Security’s report on right-wing extremism, which I first mentioned here and provided a glaring example of a right-wing extremist here, is/was “prescient.”

But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.

Krugman continues his idiocy by proclaiming that there is no difference between conservative individuals and conspiracy spewing black-helicopter loonies, now.

And at this point, whatever dividing line there was between mainstream conservatism and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have been virtually erased.

I expect to be arrested and detained at any moment.

Krugman’s idiotic column is titled The Big Hate.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 09:07 AM
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Betty, Jennifer, Tobacco and Pornography

What do you think of individuals who enjoy smoking?  What do you think of individuals who enjoy pornography?  What do you think of tobacco in general?  What do you think of pornography in general?  Do you advocate State control of smoking?  Do advocate State control of where and if individuals may smoke?  Do you advocate State control of pornography?  Do you adovate State control of where and if individuals may view pornography?  Are you conflicted about tobacco and pornography utilization because you cannot or do not understand what, if any, role the State should have in regards to individual lives?

The State should have no role in these matters.  Period.

Mary Eberstadt, writing for the Hoover Institution, thoughtfully muses on the subject matter in a piece titled Is Pornography the New Tobacco, and is subtitled Another curious reversal in moralizing.  From Eberstadt’s piece, which runs 6,500 words or so.

Pornography and tobacco, everyone can agree, have at least this in common: Both have been on the receiving end of public moralizing ever since their appearance in human society. During the past few decades, however, something particularly interesting has occurred. So far as public opprobrium is concerned, at least in America (and most of the rest of the West), the two substances have essentially changed places. To get a sense of just how drastically the social consensus about each has changed, let us invoke the imaginary examples of Betty, a 30-year-old housewife in 1958; and Jennifer, her 30-year-old granddaughter today.

Via Keith Burgess-Jackson.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 08:37 AM
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Only One Complaint Letter Allowed, Citizen

Americans are told, by the professional jobholders of course and those who support their command over individual lives with their votes, that democracy is the way.  Americans are told, that if something is not right, or if they have a complaint needing action, they should not act themselves but rather they should contact their local professional jobholder to intercede or act on their behalf as only the power of the State can make it right.

So what happens, at least in Pennsylvania’s Bridgeville Borough, when a lowly citizen plays by the democratic rules, and writes letters of complaint, many letters of complaint, to borough officials asking for them to make things right?  Why the individual is arrested and charged with the crime of harrassment.

A Bridgeville man who was arrested and convicted after making repeated complaints to his local government took his appeal to one of Pennsylvania’s highest courts on Tuesday.

So, move along citizens, only one complaint letter allowed.

Bridgeville Man Arrested After Complaining To Borough

Via Let A Thousand Nations Bloom.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 07:48 AM
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DTV Follies

So, today is the big day for HDTV.  Analog signals end today and individuals, who have only had what, a couple years notice to get ready, who have not prepared for the switch from analog to digital teevee will see snow and static lines on their televisions.

One article noting today’s change from analog to digital is titled Confusion expected as analog TV signals end, and carries a secondary headline of “Friday shutdown likely to strand more than 1 million unprepared U.S. homes.”

I think it likely that frantic 911 calls will be made by the unprepared reporting hours of static on their televisions, with the frantic callers wondering if the world has ended or what.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 07:04 AM
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