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Sunday, December 13, 2009

ObamaCare Metastasis

What began as an effort to improve America's health care delivery system has descended into a god-awful effort to find something - anything - that will allow for government control without the perception of government control.  Thus we go from a "public option" to "public option by a different name":
From Awful to Worse
By James C. Capretta and Yuval Levin, Weekly Standard

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats long ago gave up any pretense of working to rationally reform American health care. The exercise now underway in the Senate is a mad dash to get to 60 votes, and nothing more. That's why some Democratic senators who had no idea exactly what is in the "breakthrough deal" announced by majority leader Harry Reid last week immediately hailed it as a milestone. They're for anything that creates a sense of "momentum" and "inevitability."

But the substance does matter. If Congress passes something in the end, ordinary Americans know they will have to live with it. And from those voters' points of view the latest effort to strike a compromise among Senate Democrats would, based on press reports of what it involves, take the horrendous bill offered by Reid earlier this month and make it even worse.

In most ways, the new proposal is as terrible as Reid's original bill. It would spend hundreds of billions on a new entitlement even as our debt is mounting, inflict massive tax increases on a troubled economy, impose costly mandates on employers at a time of high unemployment, squeeze money out of Medicare without fixing the program, insert the government in countless new ways between doctors and patients, and cause millions of middle-class families to lose the employer-based insurance they have today and pay even higher premiums.

But in one crucial respect, the new proposal is far worse than the last one. [link]
Oh, you should know: That's the best-case scenario.  At worse, ObamaCare will cause the U.S. economy to finally collapse.

Bottom line:

ObamaCare (as it exists today) = (a) hundreds of billions in new federal spending, (b) massive tax increases, (c) more costly employer mandates, (d) the jeopardizing of Medicare, (e) the destruction of the doctor-patient relationship, and (f) the forcing of employers to dump health insurance plans, putting their workers on government relief.

We want to do this why?

Idiocy? Or Pollyanna Complex?

It seems almost too outlandish to believe.  Ann Althouse bitch slaps an unnamed CNN contributor for being either stupid, uneducated, or  na├»ve beyond words:
CNN idiotically imagines: "Al Qaeda offers 'condolences' for innocent victims."

That is a CNN headline purporting to summarize an English-language apology that is phrased thusly:

"We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim men, women and children killed in these criminal acts and we ask Allah to have mercy on those killed and accept them as shohadaa (martyrs)...

"We also express the same in regard to the unintended Muslim victims of the mujahedeen's operations against the crusaders and their allies and puppets, and to the countless faceless and nameless Muslim victims of the murderous crusades..."

In the body of the article, outside of the quotes, CNN says things like:

"Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, appeared in a 17-minute video released on Islamist online forums late Friday, offering condolences to the families of innocent people killed in al Qaeda attacks....

"It is a rare example of al Qaeda offering condolences to the families of those killed in the group's own attacks."

Is this willful misreading or crashing idiocy? Gadahn says "Muslim" and CNN turns it into "innocent." Read on and we see that these are not peaceful sentiments. This is a call specifically aimed at Muslims to side with al Qaeda. [link] [emphasis in the original]
I go with willful misreading.  But I wouldn't rule out idiocy.  This is the mainstream press, after all.

It's Much Larger Than Just Bad Science

It goes to the heart of the effort to communize the western world:
The wages of climategate
By J.R. Dunn, American Thinker

Climategate is the worst blow the left has received in quite some time. The only comparable episode in recent years is Rathergate, involving the bogus documents "proving" George W. Bush's malfeasance as regards his service in the Texas Air National Guard. Climategate promises to be of even greater consequence. Rathergate shook the U.S. legacy media to its foundations, proclaimed the coming of age of Net-based media, and put a period to the network careers of Dan Rather and his producer.

But as the CRU uproar plays itself out, it may well fracture the left-scientific partnership that has distorted scientific research for decades, along with providing a much-needed whipping for environmentalism, the most influential offshoot of contemporary leftism.

Climategate is all the worse because it was unexpected. The warmists really did think they had it wrapped up, that they had pulled off the AGW fraud and needed only to formalize it at the international level to guarantee themselves a free ride. This was never quite the case -- polls showed that public skepticism was increasing as various warming horrors failed to materialize and the weather on a day-to-day basis grew cooler. But the warmists had corralled the bureaucrats and politicians, and that, they thought, was all they needed. [link]
I don't know. The fact that the planet hasn't warmed in a number of years hasn't stopped them from proclaiming that the planet continues to warm. Proving that the science behind their bogus claims isn't worth the match to set them afire may not stop the true believers either.

Guess we'll find out soon if there is any integrity left in the scientific community.