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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Who can compete with Uncle Sam?

In 40 years working in television news, and now living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I’m surrounded by people who sneer at “profit.”  At Princeton, I was taught that pursuit of profit was largely destructive, and I took that attitude to my consumer reporting. I hated the profits made by the scam artists […]

Iranian rule.

Here’s Francis Fukuyama on the political architecture of Iran. Basically, imagine if the Bill of Rights had included an Amendment 10b that stated, “an unelected council of religious clerics lead by a supreme leader may at will define, qualify or overrule all these previous amendments.” Political scientists categorize the Islamic Republic of Iran as an […]

Obama’s post-racial America.

[ABC News] At the end of Wednesday night’s prime-time news conference that was intended to be chiefly about health care, Obama was asked about the incident [the arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.], to which he responded: “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race […]

Proof ObamaCare stinks.

[AP] Obama says it’s not about him. “I have great health insurance and so does every member of Congress,” the president said in remarks prepared for his news conference Wednesday night. Oh, reaaaally? Well if he and Congress have such “great health insurance,” then why not just give us their plan? Or, conversely, as several […]

Canadian healthcare.

Courtesy of Dennis Miller, be sure to check out video by Steven Crowder. Move to the 8-minute mark for a great few minutes of highlights — government healthcare employees recommending to the patients on hidden camera that they pay for private healthcare because it’s faster and more efficient. Two to three years to get a […]

It’s all relative.

The House bill would place new taxes on the wealthiest people to help expand insurance coverage to the nation’s 46 million uninsured people. The legislation calls for a 5.4% surtax on those with annual gross incomes exceeding $1 million. Households with annual income between $500,000 a year and $1 million would be hit with a […]

The morality of healthcare.

One of the primary arguments promoting universal/single-payer healthcare (or the Orwellian termed government “option,” as Obama calls it) regards the supposed morality of such a system. The purpose, of course, is to shame opponents of the option. The notion is nonsense. To emphasize that see how the British system of rationing health care decreed (meaning, […]

Stossel: Conceited politicians.

Here’s John Stossel. All American taxpayers should share his sentiments: I’ve written before about the conceit of politicians who dole out taxpayers’ money and then expect that people worship them for the help they give. Occasionally, a politician says it outright, like in this short video of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell that came out today: […]

Worse than you think.

The average length of official unemployment increased to 24.5 weeks, the longest since government began tracking this data in 1948. The number of long-term unemployed (i.e., for 27 weeks or more) has now jumped to 4.4 million, an all-time high. — Mort Zuckermann. Read the rest.

Dems against small business owners.

So on top of the Bush tax cuts expiring (i.e., raising taxes), the Democrats are going to promote yet another tax hike separately. Yeah, that’ll do wonders for our 9.5% unemployment rate, Mr. President. Here’s the WSJ: Every detail isn’t known, but late last week Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel disclosed that his draft […]