Health Care and Competition

August 25, 2009

John Stossel writes about competition and health care.

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Fear Tactics? I’m ‘Afraid’ You Have The Wrong Approach, Mr. President…

August 16, 2009

American citizens are being pointed out to the government as right wing extremists(a.k.a. people who disagree with this administration’s radical agenda), and are receiving unsolicited emails from David Axelrod at the White House. Fear is the tactic of this administration. Apparently there is a ‘list’, and the White House is required to keep all information sent to it in emails(including a ‘right wing extremist’s’ email address), and release it to the public record later.

That’s one way to stifle free speech: Spam the email boxes of your opponents with propaganda! As Hitler put it, “If you say a lie often enough and loud enough, people will believe it.”
And isn’t that the truth. The White House is trying it now, and are ranking themselves among bot nets and spammers. Remember what that ‘report spam’ button is for? Yea, they will be blocked from Gmail soon.
Get the story on Fox News:

That’s one way to stifle free speech: Spam the email boxes of your opponents with propaganda! As Hitler put it, “If you say a lie often enough and loud enough, people will believe it.”

The White House administration is trying it now, and is ranking itself  among regular low life spammers. Remember what that ‘report spam’ button is for? With any luck, Google will stop them from spamming Gmail users soon!

Get the story from Fox News. Second source from the American Thinker. Third source from Hot Air.

5 Freedoms You’d Lose in Obamacare

July 28, 2009

CNN, for once, is telling the truth about a corrupt government’s lies.
Check it out.

The Government’s Killer Healthcare Plan

July 27, 2009

Have you read the healthcare bill draft?

Well, I have. And to tell you the truth, there are some very disturbing parts in there, including a very long and confusing section about “Consultation and Information Regarding End-of-Life Planning”. End of life planning? Since when have Americans ever planned to die? Do you go to the doctor and say “Well, this treatment for my wife is so expensive, I think you should just give her some pills to keep her from feeling pain until she passes away…”? No! Of course you don’t. But if this healthcare bill passes, the government will tell you “We will only pay for pills to keep her from feeling pain until she passes away.”

Here’s a few direct quotes that are particularly revealing of congress’ thought process. The following are some of the more easily understood quotes. Congress has a habit of muddling words…

“The Secretary may limit consultations regarding an order regarding life sustaining treatment to consultations furnished in States, localities, or other geographic areas in which such orders have been widely adopted.” Along with the other 1000 pages, this line will probably mean that states will not receive federal funding for senior citizens who are in bad condition. And as such, it will not be long before all ‘States, localities, or other geographic areas’ accept such orders, and thus make it so seniors do not have a choice regarding vital life sustaining treatment.

“The term ‘qualified individual’ means an individual who a physician (…) determines has a chronic, progressive illness and, as a consequence of such illness, is as likely as not to die within 1 year.” Why do they even have to define someone who is ‘as likely as not to die within 1 year’? It is difficult to find the parts where they mention denying care(the bill is 852 pages long!), but they shouldn’t even have to define this term unless they are planning on denying them care.

Of course, they won’t ever call it ‘care denial’. You will simply have to join a waiting list like everyone else. Waiting lists in socialized healthcare range from months to years, so if you are in vital need, being added to a waiting list as a senior is essentially the same thing as having your healthcare denied!

Call your congress now and save our seniors. There’s more at stake here than deficits and taxes – there are human lives at stake. Don’t give the government the power to take away our very lives.

Cato Institute Commentary on Obama’s Regulations

July 3, 2009

President Obama thinks the solution to every problem is more government… but that theory breaks down against a problem caused by government regulations.

Check out Cato Institute’s commentary on our financial problems.

How Actual Free Market Capitalism Would Save Healthcare

June 17, 2009

Healthcare has saved so many lives, it is about time that something saved it.(and as the past has proven, it isn’t the government that can do the saving!)

John Stossel writes about it.

America Becoming Unsafe for the Successful?

June 14, 2009

“Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen.” President Obama warned CEOs of financial institutions. “The public isn’t buying that. My administration is the only thing standing between you and the pitchforks.”

And it’s true, too. Employees who were supposed to receive bonuses at AIG have received many vulgar death threats, some even hiring guards to protect their homes.

What inspires this kind of fear? A mob. What inspires a mob? It takes charisma. It takes a repeated message, that someone greedy or successful is responsible for everyone else’s problems… Let’s look back in history.

“Yet formerly Germany, without blinking an eyelid, for whole decades admitted these Jews by the hundred thousand. But now… when the nation is no longer willing to be sucked dry by these parasites, on every side one hears nothing but laments.” – Adolf Hitler, in his speech on September 12th, 1938

And now look into the present.

“This is a corporation that finds itself in financial distress due to recklessness and greed. Under these circumstances, it’s hard to understand how derivative traders at AIG warranted any bonuses, much less $165 million in extra pay. I mean, how do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?(…)excuse me, I’m choked up with anger here(…)” – Barack Obama, in his speech on March 16, 2009

The speeches share a common tone – anger at a particularly upper class or rich group of people. Class warfare. According to Obama and his liberal allies, the wealthy are the cause of our problems. The wealthy are taking care of themselves. The wealthy are ‘sucking us dry’ and giving themselves ‘$165 million in extra pay’.

And Barney Frank says that the AIG bonuses were “rewarding failure”. Isn’t it ironic that he would say something like that? After spending nearly 2 trillion in bailouts for companies that were failing, he is upset about 280 million in bonuses spent on employees that were part of a failing company. Didn’t he know that employees in a failing company would get money when congress bailed out AIG with taxpayer dollars? Didn’t he know that the bailout would ‘reward incompetence’? Perhaps he forgot that momentarily when he was signing the 700 billion TARP into law…

That means that Mr. Frank and his liberal allies have spent 2,000,000,000,000 on buying up failures, and he’s upset that AIG spent 280,000,000 of that on failures. If you do the division, that means he outspent AIG by 7142:1 in taxpayer dollars. He and his liberal allies spent seven thousand times as much on failures! How very intriguing that he would be angry about rewarding incompetence. Perhaps we should lower his salary, as he is obviously ‘incompetent’ when it comes to basic arithmetic.

Vote Democrat and you can help cap the successful people’s salaries who ‘must have cheated to get there'(or had signed contracts including bonuses from over a year ago with AIG…), vote Hitler and you can eliminate their lives and liberty altogether. We are on a slippery slope to class warfare, and the pitchforks are already being sharpened. The trouble is, once the wealthy are out of the way, who is there to stop the government from bearing down on the middle and lower classes? Is shared misery in a socialist system what Americans really want? Do we really want to end up like India?

The difference between us and India is that we were founded on protection of God-given rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. It doesn’t guarentee us happiness – how can that be possible in such an evil world? But when the government honors those basic rights, it protects our lives and liberty – allowing us to pursue our gifts and desires without excessive taxation or any redistribution of our long work hours.

But today in this country, the mob rule government redistributes the long hours of workaholic CEOs and careful planning to other people. It steals 39 percent of the most wealthiest peoples’ lives to give to the poorest peoples’ lives(Robin Hood style, minus the stealing from wealthy officials). And since the government has been waging a war on poverty for nearly 80 years, people don’t feel the responsibility to help eachother. Did you know that 70% of your money that goes to welfare is lost in government overhead, paperwork, and government employee salary? But yet Americans no longer feel responsibility to help other people by donating to private charities that only lose 5% in overhead. “It’s not my problem” syndrome is becoming more and more common among Americans(especially liberals!)

Let me leave you with a few suggestions: Don’t be jealous. Vote for basic protections for everyone, whether they are successful or not, and vote against government officials who redistribute your wealth to either failing corporations or to massively wasteful welfare programs. Give to charity! Love your neighbor. And most of all, don’t rely on the government to solve your problems.

Leave Us Alone Already!

May 23, 2009

You know, I don’t understand why the government can’t just leave people alone… Yes, obviously you have to have law enforcement… but look at all this excess stuff. Does any of it solve the problem it sets out to solve? No. (education, welfare, FDA, AMA…) They should stop stealing people’s money, and let the consumers hold education, food, and medicine responsible for pricing themselves! Prices would drop without excessive regulation!

Did you know that the way the regulations are, only 40 in 10,000 drugs gets through? That drives prices up for healthcare a great deal, and it doesn’t even stop all the bad drugs! Private institutions and watchdog groups do a much better job.(like eBay’s rating system, i.e)

I don’t think I have to tell you how much of a mess public education is.

70% of government charity is lost in overhead, whereas in private charity where the citizens keep the institution accountable only lose 5% in overhead. Ronald Reagan illustrated it quite nicely in his 1964 speech when he pointed out that “if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally(…)we’d be able to give each family 4,600 dollars a year.(…)Direct aid to the poor, however, is only running only about 600 dollars per family. It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.”

Some quick mathematics shows that if 10% of someone’s income would go to government charity, if we abolished welfare and allowed people to choose for themselves, to get the same amount we’d only need 3.15% of that person’s income in private charity to have the same effect on poverty. And honestly, I don’t think Obama really cares about poverty more than he cares about votes. He already has much of America’s poor enthralled with him emotionally. However, they don’t realize what he really wants to do. When he reduces charitable deductions, you can tell what he really wants: Money and power.

Finally, can you imagine if everyone had food insurance, and food assistance programs from the government or employers autmoatically? You’d just buy everything you felt like buying, without looking at the price! And the people at the front desk would sell it to you, too, smiling merrily even though they don’t know the price either. You swipe the card, and off you go. What would happen to food prices? They would skyrocket! Insurance premiums would continue to climb to meet the expenses. Who would be gettting rich off of it? Yes, that’s right, the government that taxes the food and the businesses that sell the food. Ever wonder why surgeons and doctors make so much more money than the average income?

If we want to reduce the price of medicine, and increase the quality, public healthcare is not the way to go! We must eliminate government regulation, intervention and taxes on healthcare. Encourage private competition to drive prices down and quality up. Look at the other things that the government controls the service of, and ask yourself: Do I really want the government to have that much of direct control on my health?

Freedom Fries or French Fries?

April 30, 2009

Reason TV posted a revealing comparison of the French and American ways of life.

Folks, there are reasons for people trying to get into the US for centuries, and socialistic slavery isn’t one of them. Beware the tendrils of socialism. 

“Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.”

“Required community service” is a fancy name for slavery to the government.

Pie, Bread, and Socialism

April 24, 2009

Yum, pie. Just thinking of pie makes my mouth water.

Do you have pie? I do. I just had a big slice of blueberry pie a little while ago, and let me tell you: It was incredibly delicious.

I’m sorry if you don’t have any pie. It’s just a fact of life: Not everyone has pie. There are probably some people in poverty stricken countries that have never even heard of pie. Their ignorance of pie could perhaps be explained by the fact that most of them don’t eat on a daily basis.

Poverty stricken countries share one trait – a massive government. At first, you know, it always starts with some kind of a revolution(peaceful or violent), with the charismatic leaders claiming how everyone would have equal rights to the pie under his regime. It always seems like such a great idea for awhile. But look at the USSR now – look at India now. The government wanted to give everyone pie, but somewhere along the line this envisioned Utopia was broken.

Why is that, you might ask? Well, let’s look at this from an economics viewpoint. And to make it easy to think about, let’s think in terms of pie.

Think about the little red hen. Let’s say her master(whom I will refer to as ‘Farmer John’)  gave her complete economic freedom. She went out, found some wheat, and then looked for business partners in making some pie. Unfortunately, no other farm animal wanted to do any work. So she made just one pie alone. Yet in the end, everyone wanted to eat some pie, even though there was less of it due to the other animals not contributing. Farmer John didn’t let them take her pie from her, though, so she ate most of it and gave some to Farmer John as a tax. The other animals saw how the little red hen was rewarded for making pie, so they helped make pie in the future, and there was more than enough for everyone, since Farmer John didn’t confiscate more than 10% of their pie, no matter how much pie they made.

Now think of what would happen if Farmer John said ‘Everything belongs to everyone!'(cough, cough, socialism, cough) Well, the little red hen, being the industrious young fowl she is, would go out, find some wheat, and then look for business partners in making some pie. Of course, the other farm animals are still as lazy as ever. She goes ahead and makes the pie alone, but lo and behold, once again the other farm animals wanted to eat her pie. This time Farmer John forced her not only to give him some as a tax, but to share the remainder with the other animals. The little red hen didn’t like this treatment of her, and began to resent it. Soon she began eating bird feed given to her by Farmer John and quit making  pie altogether.

Now, since she quit making pie and giving some of it to Farmer John as a tax, Farmer John was no longer able to afford bird feed. So the whole farm yard began to starve. In order to stop himself from starving, Farmer John eventually used some animals as slaves, and ate the others.(cough cough, like the slave camps in the late USSR) Of course, in order to keep his animals from getting out, he had to set up a fence, and hire people to watch the animals(cough cough, NKVD, tight border control in the late USSR)

And that’s how a big government leads to the decay of an entire nation,  and eventually to people in those countries starving and in being in poverty.

The moral of the story: When everyone owns the pie, there is less of it. And the only way to even make such a pie is slavery.(required community service hours, anyone?)