Thursday, July 15, 2010

Reminder: You Assclowns Passed Obamacare

I didn't read this whole article, but I have to laugh at the first paragraph which is a good summary:

House Democrats are lashing out at the White House, venting long-suppressed anger over what they see as President Obama's lukewarm efforts to help them win reelection―and accusing administration officials of undermining the party's chances of retaining the majority in November's midterm elections.

I'm not defending President Obama in this, and as a conservative, I'd love to see the Administration and the Dem-controlled Congress beat each other bloody and both lose. But it must be the height of stupidity on the part of a Democrat congressman after listening to the President instead of their constituency on a whole mess of unpopular legislation―like Obamacare―to expect some type of magical bailout from the executive. The branches of government are supposed to work independently, so the President could say with all appearance of innocence "What? You wanted something in return for your vote?" The President can persuade the Congress to vote one way of the other, but Obama lacks the power to persuade anyone but the choir, so he usually opts for brute force to get things passed. This isn't really illegal, but it pisses off the populace as the falling poll numbers demonstrate. And the piper is duly paid via the ballot box.

So in a sense, this kind of brass knuckle Chicago politics works as intended. And a few congressmen are kind of learning the lesson by using bullying tactics to keep the plebs in their districts in line. Ciro Rodriguez, for example, and of course the inimitable Bob Etheridge. My guess is that we'll see more of this behavior as November approaches, so keep those camcorder batteries charged.

Please set me straight if I am missing something here. And, in related news, check out the plan for Obamacare to use your tax dollars to pay for abortions. Yeah―who was Bart Stupak?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Nat Hentoff on Obamacare Rationing

The bureaucratic rationing of health care is on it's way. It is stupid to think otherwise. If you do, better read Nat Hentoff's piece, "Health Care Rationing Obama Believes In". Excerpt:

Unlike Obama, Berwick is enthusiastically, openly candid in his support of Britain's socialistic National Health Service. In a 2008 speech to British physicians, our new health czar said: "I am romantic about National Health Service. I love it (because it is) 'generous, hopeful, confident, joyous and just.'"

That "just" National Health Care Service decides which care can be too costly for the government to pay. Its real-time decider of life-or-death outcomes is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Here is how "nicely" it works, described by Michael Tanner, senior fellow and health-care expert at the Cato Institute (where I, too, am a senior fellow):

"It acts as a comparative-effectiveness tool for the National Health Care Service, comparing various treatments and determining whether the benefits the patients receives - SUCH AS PROLONGED LIFE - are cost-efficient for the government" (, May 27).

So listen to our very own decider of how the Obama administration will lower our national debt by cutting inefficient health-care costs. After declaring his ardent romantic attachment to the British system, Berwick said: "All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country." He will, of course, be too busy to attend the funerals of the sacrificial Americans whose lives - not only those of the elderly - may thereby be cut short.


"I don't wanna hear about what the rich are doing"

Warning: bad language.

Hemi Air Raid Siren

Hat-tip Iowahawk on Twitter.

I love how the Brits say garage. Rhymes with carriage. The way Americans say it sounds too French.