/>Comments on a summer-garden variety of issues in the news....
In a Washington Post op/ed, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opposed a cap-and-trade energy tax on energy, economic, environmental, and national security grounds. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry went ballistic -- blogging: "Governor Palin need look no further than the view from her front porch in Alaska" to see global warming's devastation. His was peculiar phrasing by a senator who opposed a Cape Cod wind-energy project because it might spoil the view from...his front porch.
Would President Obama's proposed commission of expert doctors and bureaucrats ration health care -- particularly for the elderly? Britain's does. Britain's dismal National Health Service boasts something called the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). It's role? Through cost-utility analysis based on "quality adjusted life-years," to rank patients according to those most and least deserving of medical care. Nice.
Obama wants a medical plan that would extend insurance coverage to 50 million Americans, increase the quality of care, and reduce costs. So a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), hardly a right-wing nut group, is particularly shattering on the subject of cost reduction. CBO chief Douglas Elmendorf wrote that regarding the House health care bill, a CBO analysis finds "the probability is high that no savings would be realized."
Remember when the Italian navy was deemed a laughingstock akin to Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore because it had more admirals than ships? Consider, please, today's U.S. Navy -- with reportedly about 278 ships and about 350 line, staff, and reserve admirals.
Vouchers were first conceived by Milton Friedman, the late Nobel economist, as a way inexpensively to raise the quality of education, especially for the economically disadvantaged. The left views them with dread -- and a threat to union-monopoly public schools, especially in urban areas where poverty tends to be highest and teacher's-union power strongest. Bulletin: The Washington D.C. Council has petitioned the U.S. Secretary of Education "to stand with us in supporting" D.C.'s voucher program, currently providing improved educations to 1,700 impoverished Washington children.