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Par for the course from an Obama appointee and former host to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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And: “Please don’t put your faith in market forces. It’s a popular idea: that Adam Smith’s invisible hand would do a better job of designing [health] care than leaders with plans can.”
And this: “A progressive policy regime will control and rationalize financing — control supply.”
There are many more Berwick quotes — Henninger’s piece is one of the most important to be published this year — and they clearly demonstrate the mindset of this administration and its cronies, and, no doubt, of the experts who would be involved in “designing” journalism for the American people.
Berwick, of course, is talking about health care, which is important: it is one-sixth of the U.S. economy. But is it as important as journalism? Surely not. Journalism is what permits a democracy to function in any polity larger than a village. That’s why the Founding Fathers included freedom of the press in the First Amendment.
All the more reason, then — for socialists like Berwick and Bollinger and Obama — to have government finance the press. That will enable the leaders of a progressive policy regime to design the proper configuration of the free-press system, which a free market has failed to do.
Besides, putting government in charge of the press may be the only way to get Obama’s popularity numbers up.
On the other hand, that hasn’t worked for Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.
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?