Health care for clunkers. Global normalcy. Insurance devils, and much more.
HEALTH CARE FOR CLUNKERS?
Re: Ryan L. Cole’s The Reformer’s Folly:
Thank you Mr. Cole, for your detailed history of health care “reform.” It makes clear this is not so much reform but a steady march towards socialization. It also truly shows that there is nothing new, especially so-called “progressive” ideas, under the sun. Indeed, I’ve held for decades now that the greatest impediment to America’s progress has been such outdated and hoary ideas that are much more akin to religious tenets than practical policy ideas. Social Security and Medicare going bust at 74 and 44 years, respectively? Too bad, we cannot change them. A 100-plus year-old German model of public schooling stalling out at dysfunction junction? Tough luck, we cannot change it. Progressive tax rates counterproductive? So what, we cannot change them. And so on and so on with our so-called “progressives” whose eternal answer to all of their past miscalculations and failures to progress is more of the same. More sincerity, more good intentions, more money and more government and it will work out this time. Given the average age of their big ideas and countless examples of their failure the world around, there are no reactionaries quite like our progressive reactionaries.
As an aside, I thought one line in particular gave a clue as to
why this is so until I realized I was in error, sort of.
“Senators Robert Wagner and James Murray and Rep. John Dingell
(who had previously collaborated on an insurance proposal)…(in
1945)” I thought, “yikes, can it be the same John Dingell, patron
saint of another dinosaur, the UAW and who today still pushes the
same ancient ‘progressive’ ideas?” I mean, I knew he’d been there
a long time but Holy Cow. After a google search I determined that
the current Dingell is the son and namesake of the Dingell
mentioned in the article and took his father’s seat 10 years
later on the senior Dingell’s death. This was equally, if not
more, dispiriting because it shows the socio-religious fruit does
not fall far from the tree and gives “progressive” ideas a
half-life long, long past their dotage. So what does this portend
for our future with millions of upcoming political and historical
illiterates cultivated in leftist college hothouses by doddering
Thanks, Mr. Cole, for that pointed analysis. Here’s mine:
Hope springs eternal, then lands in reality.
Anyone who has the delusional notion that the federal government can administer a national “health care system” involving virtually every American (and quite a few non-American “visitors”), costing trillions of dollars, and lasting on even beyond the foreseeable future, should have a look at the C.A.R.S. program (disrespectfully called “Cash for Clunkers”).
The feds can’t even administer a 3-4-month program involving a few thousands of Americans and a billion dollars. Less than a month into the program, it is already all tied up in Gordian knots made of red tape and administrative bungling.
And the very same know-it-all tinkerers out there want to be trusted with the health care of a nation when they can’t even run a used car lot.
And I’m offended when they call my beloved old pickup truck — more a family member and a faithful friend — a “clunker.” How dare they?
Come to think of it, if they get their “clunker health care”
plan, they’ll think of beloved old me as a “clunker” fit only for
— A. C. Santore
FOOLED 55 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE ONE
Re: Philip Klein’s Everything That Rises Must Converge:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?