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Archive for August 22nd, 2009

Senator Fred Thompson on Obamacare and Death Panels

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

Senator Thompson via HotAir.com:

Fred ThompsonWhile this and indications that the “public option” may not be long for this world may be welcome wins, concerned citizens should not simply pack up and go home. Any bill passed by the Senate must go to conference with the House bill which still contains the troubling provisions. As of today no one knows what a final bill might contain. For those who are concerned about this end-of-life provision I would suggest two questions to put to your elected representatives.

1. If these end-of-life consultations are indeed “voluntary” as proponents claim, then why is the word “voluntary” or other permissive language such as “may” no where to be found in the provision? And why are they not willing to add such language?

2. Why is such a provision contained in a bill that is supposed to be cutting costs for Medicare not adding to them?

The American people shouldn’t so readily be willing to let the politicians in Washington hit the reset button on health care legislation until they are certain of what that final bill actually looks like.

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Candour & Hypocrisy – Column of the year!

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

This column (exerpted) should be in the running for column of the year. I love a great wordsmith and David Warren exceeded all expectation on this brilliant piece.

David Warren:

Candour is when you tell a truth that is disturbing, in language so unambiguous that persons in polite company will not want to hear you. It is a way to lose the respect of the “genteel” — of those who are “respectable” in the shallowest sense. Rude language is quite unnecessary to this end: the hard truth itself, spoken plainly and publicly, will give sufficient offence.

And “niceness” is something else again, usually allied with hypocrisy. For one can be very selectively nice — outraged, scandalized, breathtaken with surprise, when Richard Nixon was caught compiling an “enemies list.” Yet perfectly indifferent when Barack Obama advertises for input to compile his.

How many “nice” people I know, who casually asserted that a certain George W. Bush was mentally retarded, resembled a monkey, and was guilty of war crimes. Suddenly the same people have “had it up to here” with squalid personal attacks on his successor.

Tell you the candid truth, I don’t like “nice” people. Conversely, I have a sneaking regard for real political enemies who are prepared to state candidly what they are about. Which is why I mentioned Obama’s long list of policy czars, above — people like John Holdren (1970s advocate of forced abortions and mass sterilization) the new science czar, Van Jones (declared Communist) the new green jobs czar, Vivek Kundra (convicted shoplifter) the new infotech czar, Adolfo Carrion (pay-for-play scandals) the new urban subsidies czar, Nancy DePerle (lobbyist-to-regulator) the new health czar, Cass Sunstein (behaviourist and animal rights wacko) the new regulatory czar, and so on.

There are dozens of these, altogether. They are Obama’s “shadow cabinet,” with the advantage over his more presentable official cabinet that they can avoid congressional scrutiny in almost everything they do. They didn’t need to face the Senate confirmation revelations that lost Obama so many of his earliest cabinet appointments. A mere Internet search for quotes reveals that many of them are capable of great candour, at least in the radical leftist environments from which most of them came.

The mainstream media focus is nevertheless not on them — rich and easy pickings had they been Republican appointments — but instead on Sarah Palin’s appalling characterization of Obama’s health-care agenda as not merely “socialist” but “evil”; and on her use of the term “death panels” to describe proposed bureaucratic arrangements for deciding who should be entitled to medical treatment, and how to advise the old, seriously handicapped, and ill on euthanasia options.

Needless to say the proposals themselves had been couched in “feelgood” language, with public relations campaigns at the ready in case someone like Palin called a spade a spade. She did so in full knowledge of how that publicity machine would respond.

It is assumed she will be running for president on the redneck ticket. But as we saw last week, she does not need any office to get results. For after many nice legislators had condemned her for her “unreasonable” criticisms, the U.S. Senate finance committee this week dropped a key provision to which she had referred, from the House health-care bill before them. According to the ranking Republican member, it was dropped “because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.”

That’s a very nice way of saying that Sarah Palin had a point. And it is a point that would have passed unnoticed, had she confined herself to “nice” language.

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Head of Canadian Medical Association: Canadian Health System “Imploding”

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

Canadian Press:

Overhauling health-care system tops agenda at annual meeting of Canada’s doctors

By Jennifer Graham (CP)

SASKATOON — The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country – who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting – recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

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Obama appointee wants control of web speech

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

[Editor’s Note: Imagine the elite media reaction if a prominent Bush appointee had made similar statements. ]

By Austin Hill:

President Barack Obama has an unquenchable need to control things. And now, it appears that he wants to control our access to the Internet.

In late January, when Congress was debating the $790 billion “stimulus bill,” I wrote in this column Obama had no intention of growing the economy, but rather, he just wanted to control it. Never before had I experienced such an outcry of reaction, with people literally stopping me in the streets to ask, “How dare you say such a horrible thing about the president?”

ministryoftruthThat was seven months and a couple trillion dollars, ago. Not only has the stimulus failed to stimulate, but Obama has even had to re-write the history of his own stimulus promises. And his need to control things has gotten more intense. Two American car companies, a handful of banks and financial institutions, salaries paid to corporate executives, the entire American medical profession and health-care industry – Obama needs to control it all.

And now, the man who ran the most successful political campaign in history utilizing online technology appears to be in an amazingly self-serving way planning to restrict other people’s use of the Internet.

Cass Sunstein, an American legal scholar and Harvard law professor, has been appointed by Obama to head up the White House Office of Information And Regulatory Affairs. His title is sufficiently broad and ambiguous, but he wields plenty of power. And with advance copies circulating of Sunstein’s new book “On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done,” Americans who still care about their rights to “freedom of speech” should be paying close attention.

Perhaps most disturbing is Sunstein’s vision for the future of web content, as he argues for a so-called “notice and take down” law. Under this provision, those who operate webs sites – the Tribune, radio stations, private bloggers, and perhaps even you – we would all be required to “take down falsehoods upon notice” from the U.S. government.

And not only would the original content of web sites be scrutinized by the government for “falsehoods,” web site operators would also be held responsible for the content of “posts” created by the web site’s visitors and readers. At first blush it may seem that for a web operator to be held accountable for content generated by “posters” is completely untenable. But that may very well be Sunstein’s goal – to create an “untenable situation” for web site operators – given his assertion that “a ‘chilling effect’ on those who would spread destructive falsehoods can be an excellent idea.”

But who shall determine what, exactly, is “true” and “false”? Sunstein laments the supposed “lie” that emerged during last year’s presidential race, that “Barack Obama pals around with terrorists.” Despite that fact that a friendship between Obama and known domestic terrorist William Ayers was something that both men acknowledged, Sunstein alludes to the notion that this was one of those “destructive falsehoods” of the sort that needs to be policed.

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Rasmussen Poll: Voters Trust Republicans More on Health Care

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

Rasmussen:

For the first time in over two years of polling, voters trust Republicans slightly more than Democrats on the handling of the issue of health care. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that voters favor the GOP on the issue 44% to 41%.

Democrats held a four-point lead on the issue last month and a 10-point lead in June. For most of the past two years, more than 50% of voters said they trusted Democrats on health care. The latest results mark the lowest level of support measured for the party on the now-contentious issue.

Public support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low with just 42% of U.S. voters now in favor of it. That’s down five points from two weeks ago and down eight points from six weeks ago.

Overall, Republicans lead Democrats in terms of voter trust on eight out of 10 key issues for the second consecutive month, and the two are tied on one issue.

Republican candidates continue to hold a modest lead over Democrats for the seventh straight week in the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The GOP now holds a six-point lead on the top issue of the economy, an advantage that has changed little over the past four months.

Health care is not the only issue which the Republicans are enjoying a first-time lead. Voters now trust the GOP more than Democrats on the issue of education, 41% to 38%. This is also the first time in over two years the Republicans have held an advantage on that issue. Democrats led Republicans on education by three points in July and seven points in June.

Republicans lead Democrats on Social Security for the second straight month, this time by a 43% to 39% margin. Social Security is another issue where Democrats have enjoyed consistent leads in recent years.

The GOP maintains a strong 51% to 35% lead on taxes, after holding the same lead in July. Republicans have been trusted more by voters on the issue of taxes in every poll conducted since February.

Recent polling shows that 54% of U.S. voters say tax cuts for the middle class are more important than new spending for health care reform, even as the president’s top economic advisers signal that tax hikes may be necessary to fund the plan. But 76% say it is likely taxes will have to be raised on the middle class to cover the cost of health care reform.

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Soldier explains Constitution to member of Congress and demands an apology for violating it.

Posted by iusbvision on August 22, 2009

Video link via Hotair.com

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