President Obama is big on fairness. “Fair” or some variant thereof was mentioned eight times in his State of the Union speech, more than “health care” (twice), his signature legislative accomplishment, or “spending” (three times), the nation’s most pressing problem.
Legendary labor leader Andy Stern has seen the future. There’s no freedom there, but he’s OK with that. Mr. Stern, a former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), recently returned from a trip to China, where he had the opportunity to meet with “high-ranking” government officials, who outlined for the former labor leader the authoritarian regime’s long-term economic plan.
"Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt." — Tacitus, The Annals III.27
The tea party’s efforts produced murkier, more problematic results in the Senate as opposed to the House.
Some disasters strike suddenly, wrecking havoc in the dead of night: lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, Jay Leno. Others, a hurricane, for example, can be seen coming far in advance. Meteorologists can warn about such a storm, but that is no guarantee that 1) anyone will listen, or 2) that even if warnings are heeded there is much that can be done to lessen the damage.
In 2003, then state senator Obama was videotaped telling an audience "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program...A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan."
The more details that emerge from health care reform plans coalescing and colliding on Capitol Hill, the more one wonders how President Barack Obama could possibly justify supporting any of them - much less signing one into law.
On Monday, December 7, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the Senate floor and compared opponents of his health care legislation to past defenders of slavery and segregation.
Democrats have done a good job portraying Republicans as health-care-reform obstructionists.
Far from providing "affordable" care for everyone, ObamaCare would come at a painful price - higher insurance premiums, more and higher taxes, fewer jobs, lower wages, a reduced standard of living and an erosion of privacy and individual liberty.
Long waits and shortages result from government control of the health sector. There are only so many hospitals, only so many doctors. When government promises that everyone will be treated (ostensibly) gratis, it does not simultaneously conjure more doctors into existence.
The Internet produces a profound contradiction - we have more communications than ever, but never have our connections to one another been so fragile and ephemeral.