Monday, July 16, 2012

You Didn't Do It 

To paraphrase one who someone in the blogosphere has dubbed the "Real Good Talker":

If you hold elective office, you didn't get there on your own. Somebody else made that happen.


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Monday, July 09, 2012

What If The Doctors "Go Galt"? 

Drudge has a banner headline today, "83% OF DOCTORS 'HAVE CONSIDERED QUITTING' OVER OBAMACARE" that links to this article. Go read it now; I'll wait.

Welcome back. Doesn't that paint a pretty picture? What if even a quarter of the physicians who have considered quitting actually do so. What do you think would happen to health care in this country if one of five doctors suddenly retired?

And consider this:
“Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,”
said Kathryn Serkes, co-founder of the organization that conducted the poll.

In light of the economics alluded to in that quote, in the foreseeable future what do you suppose might happen to the number of applicants to med schools? And what do you suppose will happen to the academic qualifications of those applicants?

Think about it, and then answer this question for yourself: all in all, can we afford Obamacare?

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Sacramento Clown Show 

The California legislature has approved the sale of $4.5 billion in bonds previously approved by voters, of which $2.6 billion is to pay for the construction of an initial 130-mile stretch of high-speed rail line in the Central Valley. The approval allows the state to collect another $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been lost if lawmakers failed to act Friday.

California is for all intents and purposes broke, with a current debt of around $390 billion (that's $390 thousand million) and an officially acknowledged current year deficit of about $16 billion. That figure includes $3.5 billion of the $4.5 billion bond sale approved by the legislature.

According to Huffington Post in an article dated June 3, a recent poll of California voters suggests the citizens are having second thoughts:
LOS ANGELES -- A new poll finds California voters are experiencing buyers' remorse over a proposed $68 billion bullet train project, as the number of lawsuits against the rail system grows.
Fifty-five percent of voters want to see the high-speed rail bond issue that was approved in 2008 back on the ballot, and 59 percent say they would now vote against it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey (lat.ms/N9tTcm) published Saturday.
Since the $9 billion borrowing plan was passed, the projected cost of the bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco has roughly doubled, and it will now share track with slower commuter and freight trains in some areas, the Times said.
A majority of voters have turned against the ambitious undertaking just as Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing lawmakers to approve the start of construction in the Central Valley later this year.
Private enterprises are staying away from the project in droves because they won't participate without a revenue guarantee from the state, which is forbidden by the terms of the referendum in which the bonds were approved.

Given the condition of the State's finances and the fact that the voters were essentially lied to before the 2008 referendum on the project, it is the height of folly to proceed with the high speed rail project.

Perhaps there should be a law that requires every member of the state government to ride the thing every working day. That would probably triple the (honestly) expected ridership, and it would keep them occupied out of Sacramento so they couldn't screw up the state even more than they have.

A better idea would be to vote all of them out--Dems and Repubs, and replace them with people who have some fiscal discipline--can you imagine a government composed entirely of Libertarians? Couldn't do worse than the Klown Korps that currently sits in Sacramento.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

REVEALED!!! Obama is Humpty Dumpty! 

ABC News interview, 20 September 2009; George Stephanopoulos and President Obama:
STEPHANOPOULOS:  But you reject that it’s a tax increase?
OBAMA:  I absolutely reject that notion.
 Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., in oral argument before the Supreme Court, 27 March 2012:
But if there is any doubt about that under the Commerce Clause, then I urge this Court to uphold the minimum coverage provision as an exercise of the taxing power.

 White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, on CNN's State of the Union, 1 July 2012:
"This is a penalty. It's something that only 1 percent of the people who could afford insurance and choose not to get it will pay."
Hmmm ...
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 6.

Indeed, the question is “which is to be master”.

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