Volt’s charge account. Bunion care in New Zealand. Pulling grandma’s plug. End of life costs. Not mean enough. Plus more.
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President Ronald Reagan cut government waste and inefficiency, freeing up capital, that when returned to the people, was used to improve the quality of life of millions upon millions of Americans. He never felt a need to call his conservative values “compassionate.” He understood that Conservatism is innately compassionate.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it
everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong
remedies.” — Groucho Marx
— I.M. Kessel
“Mean-spirited hypocrites” is much too polite, though sufficiently succinct.
Perhaps, though, “pusillanimous, narrow-minded, imperious,
malicious, mendacious, mean-spirited hypocrites” has its
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
AN ANGRY MOB OF ONE
I am an angry mob, and I took some Tea last week.
I stood by an Obamacare supporter. We began to speak.
He is a middle aged engineer, and he is without a job.
He didn’t seem to fit in with the Acorn egged-on mob.
He has no health care coverage. He’s worried and he’s
He voted for our president, thinking Obama really cared.
We chatted in a friendly way. On most things we agreed.
We found we are both average folk with no elitist greed.
He hadn’t seen his freedom lost, hadn’t come to that
He began to open his eyes and ears and spotted the Grand Illusion.
We realized our American hopes and dreams really did align.
As I waved good-bye, he waved back and put down his Obama sign.
— Mimi Evans Winship
GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME RATIONING
Re: Letters from Gary Hankin and Bob Blazek in Reader Mail’s The Common Sense Panel:
Those of us who work within health insurance know a few things which may make you uncomfortable.
Within any given plan, a handful of severely ill people can take up 40% to 75% of all the benefits an insurance company will pay out. Of course, that is the whole theory behind insurance: healthy people contribute to a common pool of funds from which they can draw in case illness or injuries befall them. For this to work, by definition, it takes a large number healthy people who do not (or, at least, minimally) draw on the fund to feed the money pool so that a smaller number of ill and injured may be supported when facing large medical care costs.
Studies have shown that, taking one’s “medical life” as a whole, the lion’s share of one’s medical expenses occurs during the last six months of life. Even barring significant and “heroic” measures to prolong life, efforts to relieve pain (palliative care) can be quite expensive.
Thus when seeking to gain some control of potentially limitless costs, the most obvious means would be 1.) Interventions which limit the benefits those who “over-utilize” medical resources can receive. 2.) Intervene in the medical treatments for the elderly and dying.
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?
H/T to National Review Online