The canary isn’t dead, but he’s singing show tunes

November 20, 2008

Courtesy of Michelle Malkin:

eHarmony forced to offer same-sex dating services

So, this is “progress?” eHarmony, a Christian-targeted dating website, gets sued by a gay man demanding that the business match him up with a same-sex partner. The New Jersey Attorney General intervenes on behalf of the gay plaintiff and forces eHarmony to change its entire business model. To be clear: The company never refused to do business with anyone. Their great “sin” was not providing a specialized service that litigious gay people demanded they provide. This case is akin to a meat-eater suing a vegetarian restaurant for not offering him a ribeye or a female patient suing a vasectomy doctor for not providing her hysterectomy services.

 

Canary in the Coal Mine

Canary in the Coal Mine


Health Insurers Offer to Accept All Applicants, on Condition

November 20, 2008

From yesterday’s New York Times:

The health insurance industry said Wednesday that it would support a health care overhaul requiring insurers to accept all customers, regardless of illness or disability. But in return, the industry said, Congress should require all Americans to have coverage.

The proposals were put forward by the two leading health insurance industry trade associations, America’s Health Insurance Groups and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Entire article here

In the short run at least (we’re all Keynesians now, right?), the proposals represent a great deal for the insurance industry, as adding 57 million people to the ranks of the insured should more than cover the additional cost of claims for pre-existing conditions.

Just a few nitpicky questions:

Who will pay for this mandatory coverage for those who cannot afford it?

What will adding 57 million people to the insurance pool do at a time when the supply of doctors, nurses, hospitals etc. is flat or decreasing for some health services, e.g., OB/GYN, who are already in critically short supply in some places because of skyrocketing insurance premiums, thanks to the trial lawyers and multi-million dollar jury verdicts like this.

Unless Congress also repeals the law of supply and demand, the result of such increased demand can only lead to much higher prices and/or rationing.

A likely scenario: Insurance costs skyrocket within a couple of years — causing more people to join the ranks of those who cannot afford mandatory coverage — in turn leading to an exponential increase in rates for the shrinking group still having the means to pay for their own and other people’s healthcare.

These payers will complain until Congress is forced to impose price controls on the “greedy” insurers, who will respond by reducing benefits to a level commesurate with the artificially low prices.

Consumers will then complain until Congress regulates the entire industry to ensure consumers receive minimum standard level benefits for their money (regardless of whether or not they’re even paying for it). Insurers and providers will figure ways around the new regulations, leading to a new round of increasingly Draconian rules and penalties to fund the regulatory superstructure (on top of the higher healthcare costs).

Each step will drive more insurers and providers out of the market, further increasing the burden on those remaining in business. When the system finally collapses, some genius in Congress will declare: “See, this just proves the free market doesn’t work. We need a single payer system with free healthcare for everybody, just like they have in Cuba.”

A hospital in Placetas. Look at the mattresses.

This is the real Cuban healthcare system where regular Cuban citizens receive their great and wonderful “free” healthcare from — quite different from their Potemkin village counterparts catering exclusively to Communist party leaders and foreign visitors such as “documentary” film-maker Michael Moore.

Check out the link below for more photos of real Cuban hospitals:

The Real Cuba

Turning and turning in the widening gyre 
The falcon cannot hear the falconer; 
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; 
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere 
The ceremony of innocence is drowned; 
The best lack all conviction, while the worst 
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand; 
Surely the Second Coming is at hand. 
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out 
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi 
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand; 
A shape with lion body and the head of a man, 
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, 
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it 
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds. 
The darkness drops again but now I know 
That twenty centuries of stony sleep 
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, 
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, 
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

— William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

Change is coming, folks.

And it’s a hard rain’s a gonna fall.


The Case Against the Auto Industry Bailout

November 19, 2008

Op-Ed piece by Gov. Mitt Romney:

I love cars, American cars. I was born in Detroit, the son of an auto chief executive. In 1954, my dad, George Romney, was tapped to run American Motors when its president suddenly died. The company itself was on life support — banks were threatening to deal it a death blow. The stock collapsed. I watched Dad work to turn the company around — and years later at business school, they were still talking about it. From the lessons of that turnaround, and from my own experiences, I have several prescriptions for Detroit’s automakers.

First, their huge disadvantage in costs relative to foreign brands must be eliminated. That means new labor agreements to align pay and benefits to match those of workers at competitors like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Furthermore, retiree benefits must be reduced so that the total burden per auto for domestic makers is not higher than that of foreign producers.

That extra burden is estimated to be more than $2,000 per car. Think what that means: Ford, for example, needs to cut $2,000 worth of features and quality out of its Taurus to compete with Toyota’s Avalon. Of course the Avalon feels like a better product — it has $2,000 more put into it. Considering this disadvantage, Detroit has done a remarkable job of designing and engineering its cars. But if this cost penalty persists, any bailout will only delay the inevitable.

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

I know that consistency is supposedly the hobgoblin of small minds, but does anyone else find it passing strange that the Global Warming party is instinctively warm (no pun intended) to the idea of a bailout of the very industry they claim is primarily responsible for global warming?

It would seem that at least some of those who cannot remember the past are condemned by endless example to continually prove Ronald Reagan right:

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.


The night we waved goodbye to America… our last best hope on Earth

November 19, 2008

Outstanding analysis by Peter Hitchens of the media-manufactured lunatic Obama cult and the end of American exceptionalism:

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

Read the entire piece here:


Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster

November 10, 2008

Priceless post-election humor from the Iowahawk.

“Yes, I know there are probably other African-Americans much better qualified and prepared for the presidency. Much, much better qualified. Hundreds, easily, if not thousands, and without any troubling ties to radical lunatics and Chicago mobsters. Gary Coleman comes to mind. But let’s not let that distract us from the fact that Mr. Obama’s election represents a profound, positive milestone in our country’s struggle to overcome its long legacy of racial divisions and bigotry. It reminds us of how far we’ve come, and it’s something everyone in our nation should celebrate in whatever little time we now have left.”

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/11/election-analysis-america-can-take-pride-in-this-historic-inspirational-disaster.html


What has two thumbs and cost McCain the election?

November 10, 2008

This guy!

                                        This guy!


Obama’s Press Conference

November 8, 2008

Was the gratuitous and unfunny snipe at former First Lady Nancy Reagan really necessary?

Incidentally, it was Hillary who once attempted to channel the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt, not Nancy.

Just another typical blunder from the factually-challenged false messiah or a deliberate insult aimed at Hillary?


Scylla and Charybdis

November 7, 2008

“The average age of the world’s civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith.
From spiritual faith to great courage.
From courage to liberty.
From liberty to abundance.
From abundance to selfishness.
From selfishness to complacency.
From complacency to apathy.
From apathy to dependency.
From dependency back into bondage.
Our United States is now over two hundred years old. This cycle is not inevitable.”
— Author Unknown

Our Founders well understood the inherent paradox in the relationship between liberty and order. They knew from a careful study of history and profound understanding of human nature that only a system of limited government could preserve the blessings of liberty within a framework of order, without which liberty cannot exist. Liberty without order results in anarchy and order without liberty results in tyranny.

Ironically, the single-minded pursuit of either of these two ideals often leads to the establishment of the very evil the espousers of liberty without order or order without freedom sought to avoid.

The old Soviet Union perhaps best typifies the extreme of tyranny. The Communists formed a totalitarian government that destroyed liberty and regulated literally every aspect of people’s lives. But the desire for liberty is so strong that the people sought to escape the oppressive, omnipresent State by taking refuge in alcoholic stupor or circumventing the system through the black market. Curiously, the Communist authorities were remarkably tolerant when it came to prosecuting alcoholism or the black market. Perhaps they instinctively realized that these activities served a valuable safety valve function.

Meanwhile, during the 1960s, hippies, sexual revolutionaries, anarchists, nihilists and others on the Left pursued their illusory ideal of freedom from responsibilities, which is the metaphysical equivalent of a squared circle. Conservatives and other grown-ups intuitively understand that freedom to choose necessarily includes the responsibility to accept the consequences of one’s actions. They are inextricably bound like two sides of the same coin. But the 60’s radical libertine crowd wanted the “freedom” to do whatever they pleased, but without the “hassles” of any corresponding responsibilities. As John Milton wrote: “License they mean when they cry liberty, for who loves that must first be wise and good.”

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the chimera of order that existed under the suffocating totalitarian system imploded; the result was not freedom, but anarchy. When the 60’s generation’s vision of unlimited freedom without responsibility was refuted by reality, the Leftists turned to an expansive, intrusive federal government to impose their vision of utopia on the rest of us, by stealth if possible, by force if necessary. The proponents of “free love” seamlessly morphed into what Pope Benedict accurately describes as the dictatorship of relativism.

As George Orwell once wrote: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”  We must continue to preach the ideals on which our country was founded: limited government to ensure individual liberty within an ordered framework, with separation of powers and federalism as guarantors of individual freedom and safeguards against tyranny.

We must continue to restate these obvious truths because the alternatives will literally destroy us.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
— Ronald Reagan


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