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Friday, October 09, 2009

Obama Has Just Been Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

I'll have a response later.

After I clean my morning Wheaties off of the keyboard and from my shirt.


Distrust All Scientists

On global warming, those infamous computer models, and the lack of integrity of those who cling to the notion that they can predict, with any accuracy, future climatic trends, Climate Research News:
None of these researchers predicted a decade of non-warming; instead they and their computer models predicted more warming, not less. Indeed, it has taken until quite recently for them to concede that the world has actually stopped warming. Now that we have non-warming, the ‘feather-light’ researchers are predicting more non-warming, some up to another decade or two,  to be followed by yet more warming in order to keep the climate scare alive. And how do you ‘peer review’ an unverifiable prediction?
Though their computer models didn't predict the current cooling, their modified computer models now predict them.  Is this any different from predicting the weather by looking out the window?

Climate scientists.  Madame Eli┼íka .  What's the difference.

Nothing Is Free

Democrats in Washington are jubilant.  The Congressional Budget Office has declared the Senate's health care bill (the "Baucus bill") to be revenue neutral.  In other words, it won't "cost" any more than the current health care system.

So we'll be seeing more people covered and getting better care, but it won't cost any more than it does now.

If you believe that, I've got a bridge in Omaha I want to sell you:
The Real Cost of the Baucus Bill: $2 Trillion+
From the Cato Institute

Michael D. Tanner, senior fellowmtanner@cato.org:

The CBO scoring makes it clear that the Baucus bill's reduction in future budget deficits comes not from controlling government spending or reducing health care costs, but because of a rapid escalation in tax revenues. The bill imposes a 40 percent excise tax on health-insurance plans that offer benefits in excess of $8,000 for an individual plan and $21,000 for a family plan. Insurers would almost certainly pass this tax on to consumers via higher premiums. As inflation pushes insurance premiums higher in coming years, more and more middle-class families would find themselves caught up in the tax.

In fact, overall, the tax increases in the bill are more than double the amount of deficit reduction. This isn't a health care efficiency bill or a cost containment bill. It is a tax and spend bill, pure and simple.

Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studiesmcannon@cato.org:

The CBO score of the Baucus bill is like a mystery novel with the last 50 pages missing. It fails to reveal both the full cost of the bill and the budget gimmicks that Mr. Baucus uses to hide that cost.

The Baucus bill will not reduce the deficit, and it would ultimately cost taxpayers more than $2 trillion—just like every other bill Congress has produced so far.

The biggest gimmick employed by the bill is that its individual mandate pushes more than half of the legislation's cost off-budget, and onto businesses and individuals who will have to shoulder that burden. A real-world parallel already exists in the Massachusetts health care plan, where private-sector mandates account for 60 percent of the cost. [link]
Taxes will skyrocket.  Costs passed through to consumers by health care providers who will find their taxes to have skyrocketed will skyrocket.

How does this square with Obama's promise to not raise our taxes?  Well, it all depends on what the meaning of the word is taxes is.

You were warned that this would happen. You voted for the snake anyway.


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Then there's this to consider:

"N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard University, Department of Economics) speculates that marginal tax rates under the Baucus health care "concept" could be as high as 80%."

That'll be great for the economy.

The Worst Of All Worlds

A commander who doesn't care.  A mission that no longer has any goals.  Politics now governs strategy.  And no end in sight.

And now our brave men and women who were sent to Afghanistan are wondering why they are bleeding and dying.

My God, the worst-case scenario - Vietnam - has come to pass:
American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains
By Martin Fletcher, Times of London

American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.

Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.

“The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,” said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2-87 Infantry Battalion.

“We’re lost — that’s how I feel. I’m not exactly sure why we’re here,” said Specialist Raquime Mercer, 20, whose closest friend was shot dead by a renegade Afghan policeman last Friday. “I need a clear-cut purpose if I’m going to get hurt out here or if I’m going to die.” [link]
Your purpose?  You're a pawn in a campaign pledge, Specialist Mercer.  If Obama had his way (and had any balls), you'd be back home with the kids now.  But he's the guy who said, ""The Afghan government needs to do more. But we have to understand that the situation is precarious and urgent here in Afghanistan. And I believe this has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism."  He knows he's boxed himself in.

He didn't mean it.  He said it to get elected.  That's the sad part.  The tragic part. 

And now you're an annoying afterthought.

This isn't right.

McDonnell Momentum Builds

Ah, it's going to be a good day:
Poll: McDonnell widens lead in Virginia
By Paul Steinhauser, CNN

Washington (CNN) – With less than four weeks until election day, a new poll indicates that the Republicans are widening their lead over the Democrats in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

Republican candidate and former state attorney general Bob McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds 53 percent to 44 percent, according to a Washington Post survey released Thursday afternoon. McDonnell's nine point margin among likely voters is up five points from his lead in a Washington Post poll from mid September.

Deeds' advantage with female votes has all but disappeared, with the Democrat now holding only a 50 percent to 48 percent lead, which is within the survey's sampling error. Deeds' 17 point advantage last month in voter rich and Democrat leaning northern Virginia is now down to five points. The poll also indicates he now trails McDonnell by 21 points among Independents and that Deeds supporters are less enthusiastic than McDonnell backers. [link]
21 points among independents.  Wow.