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  • Fact Checkers: Obama Is Lying About Health Care

    August 12, 2009
    USA Today caught Obama telling three fibs about health care, such as falsely claiming that “under the reform we’re proposing, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Shikha Dalmia lists "Obama's Top 5 Health-Care Lies" in Forbes Magazine.
    "Lie One: No one will be compelled to buy coverage. . . "Lie Two: No new taxes on employer benefits. . . "Lie Three: Government can control rising health care costs better than the private sector. . . "Lie Four: A public plan won't be a Trojan horse for a single-payer monopoly. . . "...
  • Civil Rights Commission Criticizes Obama Health-Care Plan's Racially-Discriminatory Affirmative Action

    August 12, 2009
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says Obama's health-care plan is racially discriminatory. The House health-care bill backed by Obama is filled with “sections that factor in race when awarding billions in contracts, scholarships and grants” and give “preferential treatment to minority students for scholarships.” Taxpayers of all races will end up paying more because of these arbitrary racial preferences. The Civil Rights Commission has concluded that this racial discrimination is unjustified, and that it will neither “reduce health care disparities among racial and ethnic groups,” nor "improve health care in underserved areas.” Earlier, I wrote about other provisions backed by Obama that would mandate...
  • More alternatives to Obamacare

    August 12, 2009
    company-about Lots of commonsense suggestions to rein in health care costs that won't bankrupt the country in John Mackey's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today. Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, points to eight steps to health care reform that involve less government intervention and greater individual choice, while driving down costs. Mackey's recommendations are similar to those of Gov. Bobby Jindal and those of  Susanne Lomatch as outlined...
  • Neutering the Net

    August 12, 2009
    The Washington Examiner has published my op-ed on net neutrality: A war is waging over the future of the Internet. On one side are the supporters of “net neutrality,” a proposal to ban Internet service providers (ISPs) from giving different treatment to network traffic from different sources. The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009, introduced in the House two weeks ago, is their latest salvo. On the other side are those who believe that regulation will threaten the very freedom that has allowed the Internet to thrive. The net neutrality movement is an unfortunate departure from the “keep your hands off my Internet” attitude long held by many on the Web. Advocates of neutrality legislation are asking...
  • UBS-IRS deal -- U.S. Constitutional liberties, privacy rights at risk after Obama bullies the Swiss

    August 12, 2009

    Lawyers for the U.S. government and the Swiss bank UBS AG have announced that they have reached a deal on releasing to the US the names of UBS account holders. No new details of the agreement have been released, other than what was previously speculated on a week ago.

     

    I will be watching for and examining details that are released. Whatever deal is reached, the Obama administration’s conduct in the case, disregarding both privacy interests and the sovereignty of other nations, has been deplorable. It has set a precedent that could endanger U.S. competitiveness as well as civil liberties throughout the world.

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  • Smart Is As Smart Does

    August 12, 2009
    This picture accompanying this post is doing the rounds on the internet.  The commentary normally reads:
    Below is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think Il (sic) pass on the Smart Car.
    As with any email circular, especially ones with egregious spelling errors, you should always take it with a pinch of salt.  The goldmine that is snopes.com says the following:
    According to a reader who relayed information to us from the...
  • As Long As It's Free

    August 12, 2009
    Call it capitalism or free enterprise; to me it doesn’t matter as long as it’s free. But indeed, for full impact in convincing those on the fence, it does matter how you say it.
  • Regulation of the Day 30: Labeling Mustard

    August 12, 2009
    If your company makes mustard bottles that are reusable as beer mugs, you are specifically required to put a country-of-origin label on your product.
  • John Berlau on the future of GM

    August 11, 2009

    [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-LDvpZNLW4 285 234]

  • Policy Peril Segment 7: Fuel economy standards

    August 11, 2009
    Today's excerpt from CEI's film, Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies Are More Dangerous Than Global Warming Itself, is on two global warming policies Congress has adopted: fuel economy standards and biofuel mandates. Here are my previous posts in this series:

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