Saturday, August 22, 2009

Larwyn's Linx: No Health Reform Without Tort Reform

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Did ACLU blow CIA officers’ cover?: Malkin
Palin: No health care reform without tort reform: Morrissey
Transparency: Obama, Holder stonewall on Panthers: Ace

Stimulus hits a pothole: Steyn
Bureaucracy Expansion Act of 2009: LegalIns
FL judge puts halt to Rifqa Bary's slow motion honor killing: Jawa

H.R. 3200, Pages 901-1,107; Gormogons
Altmire: no majority among House Dems for health bill: Hill


Obamageddon in 2012?: Obamageddon
Misery Index Continues to Climb: GWP
Corporate shills for hope and change: Malkin

Unemployment rate by state: CA at 11.9%: Zero Hedge
Tort reform? Who needs tort reform?: Protein
Meet Rahm Emanuel's Brother: Zeke the Bleak: PJM (Blumer)

Climate & Energy

AP sea surface temp article 'factually incorrect', 'raises alarmism to ridiculous levels': Watts
The long, sad history of AP's climate reporting (starring Seth Borenstein): Depot


So what's the deal with Gibbs?: Gormogons
Tom Ridge Meets Meghan McCain: LegalIns
If he loses Krugman...: Blatt

Uh Oh.: Protein Wisdom
Air America: Obama is a liar!: RedState


Day of Prayer: What the Hell?: GWP
Enjoy Your Rewards: Kesler
Canada's top doc slams his system, Obamacare: GWP

'Smart diplomacy' in action: JWF
Rifqa Barry wins -- direct from courtroom!: Odysseus


Jawa pwns Taliban: Jawa

A Good Cause

Bike Raffle to Benefit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund: Bubba

...the silver-tongued salesman sails on. Why be scared of a government health program? After all, says the president, "Medicare is a government program that works really well," and if "we're able to get something right like Medicare," we should have more "confidence" about being able to do it for everyone.

On the other hand, says the president, Medicare is "unsustainable" and "running out of money."

By the way, unlike your run-of-the-mill politician's contradictory statements, these weren't made a year or even a week apart, but during the same presidential speech in Portsmouth, N.H. At any rate, in order to "control costs," Obama says we need to introduce a new trillion-dollar government entitlement. It's a good thing he's the smartest president of all time and the greatest orator since Socrates because otherwise one might easily confuse him with some birdbrained Bush type. But, if we take him at his word, then a trillion-dollar public expenditure that "controls costs" presumably means he's planning on reducing private health expenditure – such as, say, your insurance plan – by at least a trillion. Or he'll be raising a trillion dollars' worth of revenue. Either way, under Obama nothing is certain but death panels and taxes – i.e., a vast enervating statism and the confiscation of the fruits of your labors required to pay for it.   -- Mark Steyn

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