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  • Democrats Inconsistent on Senior Death Discount

    July 23, 2009
    White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel has explicitly endorsed adopting not only comparative-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis in the health care realm, but also the senior death discount. In an article in the Lancet on January 31, 2009, Emanuel advocated allocating health resources in order to maximize collective life years.
  • Doctors On Strike: What if They Just Said "No" to the Healthcare Hairball?

    July 22, 2009
    I've been listening to some of President Obama's press conference tonight, and ran across an interesting blog, called Doctors On Strike. It's great for some laughs, but the undertone is serious. It's not a good idea to make the lives of medical professionals a living hell. Who do politicians think they are, really? I mean, honestly? What kind of doctors would the Obama administration's system create? Who will go into medicine in years hence? I'll certainly advise my children, should they become medically inclined, to be veterinarians, cosmetic surgeons that refuse "insurance" (so-called)--anything but a doctor tethered to the Healthcare Hairball, should it actually be enacted. And the President talked about health insurance companies--as if there would or could actually be such a thing in the...
  • Water Displacement Forty

    July 22, 2009
    Hank Cox over at the Shopfloor blog at the National Association of Manufacturers reports that we've lost the marketing wizard behind WD-40, John Barry...
    In his latest movie, “Gran Torino,” Clint Eastwood advises a young man of foreign extraction that you can fix anything around the house with duct tape. Well, actually you can fix anything around the house with duct tape — and a can of WD-40. We almost missed the obituary two weeks ago of John S. Barry, the man who gave us WD-40, the ubiquitous spray found in about 80 percent of American homes with at least 2000 uses – including preventing squirrels from climbing into birdhouses, lubricating tuba valves, cleaning ostrich eggs and freeing tongues stuck to frozen metal. The product was actually invented by the Rocket Chemical...
  • If you like FEMA, you'll love federal health care, says Jindal

    July 22, 2009
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal providing a succinct critique of the Democrats' health care plan and offering recommendations for a more market-oriented approach. Here are the concepts for reform he endorses:
    • Consumer choice guided by transparency - an integrated disease-management system.
    • Consumers' financially invested in better health decisions.
    • Medical lawsuit reform to reduce need for costly defensive medicine.
    • Insurance reform - for portability, with reinsurance, high-risk pools, and other mechanisms.
    • Pooling for small businesses, the self-employed, churches and others.
    • ...
  • Regulation of the Day 18: Shipping Live Animals

    July 22, 2009
    If you ship live animals via the USPS’s Express Mail Service and it takes three days or more, you may be eligible for a refund, according to a new rule on pages 36,116-36,118 of the 2009 Federal Register.
  • Corrupt, Bullying Nicaraguan Ruler Emboldened by Obama's Demand That Honduras Accept Return of Would-Be Dictator

    July 22, 2009
    Nicaragua's corrupt, authoritarian president Daniel Ortega is now pushing a change to his country's constitution to extend his rule. Ortega is a former communist backed by Venezuela's anti-American strongman Hugo Chavez. He uses vote fraud, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation to expand and perpetuate his power. Ortega has been emboldened by the Obama Administration's demand that neighboring Honduras permit the return of its ...
  • Want Recovery? Remember Antitrust is Anti-Economy

    July 22, 2009
    More restraint is in order when it comes to the Obama administrations intent to escalate "antitrust" enforcement against business and enterprise in America. A skeptical interpretation of antitrust's realities---up to and including recent campaigns targeting Intel, Google, XM-Sirius; and earlier campaigns against Microsoft and the AOL Time Warner merger, as well as rejected mergers like Echostar/DirecTV---is that antitrust often advances the well being of various species of political predators rather than consumers. Antitrust is a form of economic regulation. And like all economic regulation, it transfers wealth from somebody to somebody else, often in response to special-interest urging. Partly in recognition of such shortcomings, many economic sectors like transportation and telecommunications were...
  • Richard Rahn on "Washingtonosis" -- The Most Destructive Disease

    July 22, 2009
    "Washingtonosis(n): a disease most often found in people working within three miles of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, ... Those infected tend to lose judgment, values, principles and sense of honesty as well as common sense.
  • Summer 2009 and the Triumph of Unlimited Government

    July 22, 2009
    Alexander Hamilton and the doctrine of discretionary powers triumphed during the Constitution’s ratification debates (cemented by the "necessary and proper" clause), and over time that’s bestowed upon us a central government that does pretty well what it pleases. Today that means unbounded spending and “stimulus,” proposed “cap and tax” on the precious energy we need, and, most immediately, demands for centrally managed health care. So much for the “silken bands of mild government” envisioned during the U.S. colonial era. NY Governor George Clinton, appealing to the public as “Cato” on October 11, 1787, wrote the passage below in opposition to Alexander Hamilton’s vision of centralized government and the arrogance of the Federalists. Hamilton had written earlier under the unfortunate pseudonym "Caesar...
  • Policies to Promote Competition often Stifle it Instead

    July 22, 2009
    Chairman Genachowski is right that the Internet has been “the most successful driver of economic growth” in recent years. Why, then, pursue an agenda that would discourage investment in wired and wireless networks?

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