Monthly Archives December 2010

VIDEO: WAPO BLOGGER EZRA KLEIN SAYS THE CONSTITUTION IS CONFUSING BECAUSE IT’S, LIKE, REALLY OLD

I have pointed out before that the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein is not the brightest bulb in the circuit. Indeed, his clueless reform posts have provided fodder for HCBS since he was a blogger at TAP. I must confess, however, that even I didn’t realize how bad it really was until I watched the following video and heard him smugly make the following [...]

VIDEO: KRAUTHAMMER GOES WOBBLY ON DEFUNDING OBAMACARE

If you need proof that smart people sometimes say stupid things, this assertion by Charles Krauthammer is Exhibit A. He claims that starving ObamaCare will give the Democrats an excuse for its inevitable failure, and provide them with a scapegoat (i.e. evil Republicans). He evidently can’t see that they will never admit it’s a failure, [...]

END-OF-LIFE COUNSELING: THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Here’s a point that almost no one understands about the new regulation issued by Medicare concerning end-of-life counseling. Joseph Lawler, in his post at AmSpecBlog about this latest bureaucratic fiat, reminds us that Avik Roy raised the conflict of interest issue last summer. It comes down to this: if the government is funding health care, and simultaneously funding end-of-life counseling, the [...]

VIDEO: CHRIS MATTHEWS IS NOW A BIRTHER?

In one of the dumbest moves by a politician in decades, Hawaii’s new Democrat governor has spontaneously pledged to produce Barack Obama’s original, long form birth certificate. Why this bonehead wants to re-open this issue now is anyone’s guess, but it has caused confirmed Obots like Chris Matthews to ask, “Why not put [the original] [...]

DEATH PANELS UNDER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

While we voters celebrated our midterm victory over the arrogant Democrats in Congress and the White House, they were busy preparing a special Christmas present for us: newly wrapped death panels: When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over ‘death panels,’ Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the [...]

MISSING THE POINT ON THE MANDATE

Last week, while presiding over a hearing in which attorneys representing Florida and nineteen other states challenged Obamacare’s individual mandate as unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson asked government lawyer Ian Gershengorn the following question about congressional power: If they decided everybody needs to eat broccoli because broccoli makes us healthy, they could mandate that [...]

VIDEO: THE TRUTH ABOUT REDISTRIBUTION

President Obama’s recess-appointed Administrator of CMS famously said that “any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane, must redistribute wealth …” That sounds very noble until you consider that it means authorizing the central government to use violence against people who disagree. This video from Reason TV really drives that point home: [ht [...]

NYT: JUDGE HUDSON’S RULING MAY STICK

In this NYT opinion piece,  Jason Mazzone of the Brooklyn Law School suggests that the logic employed by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson to strike down ObamaCare’s individual mandate may prove “irresistible? to the Supreme Court: When the health care law makes it to the Supreme Court, the justices will ask, with varying degrees of concern, this [...]

FUNNY VIDEO: “SMART” PROGRESSIVES SIGN PETITION TO BAN H2O

Perhaps the most ironic feature of our modern political discourse is the assumption, by our progressive friends, that they are intellectually superior to knuckle-dragging conservatives—-despite a growing mountain of evidence that they are, in fact, virtually illiterate in economics, history and science. For an example of the latter, I offer this video: [ht Milton Wolf] 

REBRANDING OCARE’S INSURANCE MANDATE

Our progressive friends are, as we have seen, not very good at governing. They are, however, very good at PR. This is why, when any pet project becomes unpopular, they immediately rebrand it and begin using a new sales pitch. That is, of course, how “global warming” became “global climate change.”  Well, as Paul Hsieh points [...]