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Monday, April 27, 2009

The One & Only Solution

I must be honest. I have no patience with people who think universal health care is the answer to our problems. If it were, Canadians and Brits wouldn't be flocking to the U.S. for specialized care. And Canadians and Brits wouldn't be dying from government hospital care.

Dying from government hospital care.

Dying from government hospital care.

Dying from government hospital care.

Dying from government hospital care.

Despite the evidence (and the common sense that cries out), there are those (twits) who see the dark side and still think universal health care is just the answer to our problems.

Roanoke Times editorialist Elizabeth Strother:

"People need health care that's affordable and accessible to all."

No. People want health care that's affordable and accessible to all. But what they end up getting in the way of health care that's affordable and accessible to all is ... Britain.

Dying from government health care.

Dying from government health care.

Dying from government health care.

Dying from government health care.

Dying ...

A Broken Record

Because the data that continues to pour in proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the planet is not warming, "climate scientists" have to revert to to the old tried and true method of scaring the crap out of people: "There's no actual evidence to support this supposition but here's the catastrophe that is SOON going to unfold according to our computer models ..."

For the love of God:
Study Says Warming Poses Peril to Asia
By Thomas Fuller, New York Times

With diminished rice harvests, seawater seeping into aquifers and islands vanishing into rising oceans, Southeast Asia will be among the regions worst affected by global warming, according to a report scheduled for release on Monday by the Asian Development Bank.

The rise in sea levels may force the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia to redraw its sea boundaries, the report said.

All these changes will occur progressively over the next century, the bank estimated, giving countries time to improve their flood control systems, upgrade their irrigation networks and take measures to prevent forest fires, which the report predicts will become more common.

“Our modeling shows that sea levels will rise up to 70 centimeters,” or about 28 inches, said Juzhong Zhuang, an economist at the bank and one of the authors of the report. “That will force the relocation of many millions of people.” [link]
Despite the fact that actual data show the planet to have been in a cooling spell for a decade, and despite the fact that the computer models that these geniuses devise to predict the weather have been grossly in error over and over again, there are still seemingly smart people who buy into their voodoo.

We're all going to die. Still. Who got kicked off American Idol?

Environmentalist Snake Oil

Robert J. Samuelson, writing in this morning's Washington Post:
Selling The Green Economy

Few things are more appealing in politics than something for nothing. As Congress begins considering anti-global-warming legislation, environmentalists hold out precisely that tantalizing prospect: We can conquer global warming at virtually no cost. Here's a typical claim, from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF):

"For about a dime a day [per person], we can solve climate change, invest in a clean energy future, and save billions in imported oil."

This sounds too good to be true, because it is.

In truth, [the computer models upon which this claim is based] have a dismal record of predicting major economic upheavals or their consequences. They didn't anticipate the present economic crisis. They didn't predict the run-up in oil prices to almost $150 a barrel last year. In the 1970s, they didn't foresee runaway inflation. "General equilibrium" models can help evaluate different policy proposals by comparing them against a common baseline. But these models can't tell us how the economy will look in 10 or 20 years because so much is assumed or ignored -- growth rates; financial and geopolitical crises; major bottlenecks; crippling inflation or unemployment.

The selling of the green economy involves much economic make-believe. Environmentalists not only maximize the dangers of global warming -- from rising sea levels to advancing tropical diseases -- they also minimize the costs of dealing with it. Actually, no one involved in this debate really knows what the consequences or costs might be. All are inferred from models of uncertain reliability. Great schemes of economic and social engineering are proposed on shaky foundations of knowledge. Candor and common sense are in scarce supply. [link]
Those infernal computer models again.

When will we finally decide to ban them?

And when will we tell the environmentalists among us to shut up and go away?

Going John Galt

A quote from Ayn Rand's epic tome Atlas Shrugged from a character - accomplished in his field - who is expected by the government to provide more and more to "those less fortunate":

"I'm tired of providing assistance to those who hate me."

In today's news:
The last thing this country needs is a pirate raid on the wealth creators who still dare navigate our stormy waters
By Andrew Lloyd Webber, writing in the London Daily Mail

The opinion polls have uttered. The country loves the new 50 per cent top rate of income tax. Soak the rich. Smash the bankers. So Government spin doctors are in second heaven. The Conservatives' silence redefines a tomb. And I suppose there'd be quite a turnout for the public flogging of Sir Fred the Shred.

But before you book your tickets, hold hard. And before you lynch me as a rich b*****d flying a kite for my own cause, let me beg you to believe that I am not.

I believe that this new top rate of tax could be the final nail in the coffin of Britain plc.

I am 61 years old. I have lived and worked in Britain all my life. Not even in the dark days of penal Labour taxation in the Seventies did I have any intention of leaving the country of my birth.

I write this article because I fear the inevitable exodus of the talent that can dig us out of the hole we find ourselves in. It is inevitable, given that other countries are bidding for entrepreneurs. [link]

The character to whom those words were spoken in Rand's novel, by the way, quit the corrupt and dying world of looters around her and left to help form a new civilization of entrepreneurs and achievers.

That, of course, could never happen here ...

Who Are They Going To Battle?

The Democrats are in charge of the White House. The Democrats are in charge of the House. And in charge of the Senate. They are in charge.

And they've vowed to raise taxes. As always.

And the people who elected them in big numbers are fine with that.

So who are these guys to turn to to carry on this "battle" and what chance do they think they have of achieving anything?
Small Businesses Brace for Tax Battle
Under Obama Plan, Some Entrepreneurs' Bills Would Soar
By Lori Montgomery and V. Dion Haynes, Washington Post Staff Writers

Gail Johnson doesn't think of herself as wealthy. The former pediatric nurse has spent 20 years building a chain of preschools and after-school programs that accommodate sick children so working parents can keep their jobs.

But, like most small-business owners, Johnson reports her profit on her personal tax return. In a typical year, she and her husband make more than $500,000, according to her accountant, a figure that throws them squarely into the ranks of the richest Americans -- and makes them a prime target for the Obama administration's tax policy.

Since last year's campaign, President Obama has vowed repeatedly not to increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year. That pledge, while politically popular, has left him with just two primary sources of funding for his ambitious social agenda: about 3 million high-earning families and the nation's businesses. [link]
Hey, that's the breaks, babe. Obama needs the money to keep the rotting corpse of GM from stinking up the landscape. And to change the Earth's climate. And to keep the Palestinians from blowing themselves up.

You too would do yourself a favor and "go John Galt" by giving up the business - and the headaches - and the 60 hour weeks - and kick back like everyone else.

Father Obama wants to take care of you.

A battle? That battle was lost last November when the American people decided that being a welfare state wasn't such a bad idea after all.