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OBAMAKILL: End of Life Counseling

By 7.13.15

Look out, Grandma.

Medicare said last week it wants to start paying for end-of-life counseling.

It’s being sold as “death with dignity,” but it’s more like dying for dollars. Seniors are pressured to forego life-sustaining procedures  to go into hospice. That enriches the booming hospice industry and also frees up dollars for the left’s favored social causes.

Why is the government meddling with how we cope with death? The  Institute of Medicine doesn’t mince words. Scrimping on seniors will free up money “to fund highly targeted and carefully tailored social services for both children and adults.” Just like Obamacare. Robbing Grandma to spread the wealth.

In 2009, President Obama said seniors are getting too many procedures and maybe they’re “better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” Obama’s health guru Ezekiel Emanuel argues the elderly should be a lower priority because “they have already had more life-years.”

It’s the perfect storm of ideology and industry greed, with hospice providers lobbying lawmakers to make end-of-life counseling the standard.

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Stuff White People Did

By 7.10.15

MTV later this month premieres White People, a documentary that, as the trailer informs, exposes “what white people have done in America.” Illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas hosts the program. Some people miss their own irony.

Pale faces in America invented the Internet, the telephone, the airplane, and the computer. They took the maiden flight across the Atlantic and first stepped foot on the moon. Crackers developed vaccines for yellow fever and polio. They forged a nation united by neither ethnicity nor a religious sect but a commitment to freedom.

Whites also killed nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, dropped atomic bombs on unsuspecting yellow people, and believed on a cable channel for several years in the early 1980s that Eddy Grant and Joan Armatrading represented the sum of black music. One gleans the impression from the trailer that Mr. Vargas eliminates the positive and accentuates the negative — at least sins of the non-sonic variety — in the MTV documentary.

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The Sanctuary Country

By 7.8.15

When national politicians fret about states that defy federal laws or even national attitudes, they aren’t talking about “sanctuary cities.” No, that kind of defiance meets with their approval. If those cities flew confederate flags or tardily issued gay marriage licenses, pols could work themselves up into a lather about them. But ignoring federal immigration law? That’s no big deal, until an illegal immigrant in one of those cities shoots somebody and then the finger-pointing begins.

Pols have to pretend to care about the murder in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who has re-entered the country repeatedly. But once the outcry over that dissipates, they will resume their pro-amnesty noises.

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A Question for Trump Critics: What If Kathryn Steinle Had Been Black?

By 7.6.15

The murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant is outrageous.

Before we get to Donald Trump, let’s start there, shall we?

Steinle’s murder — in cold-blood, at random, and in broad daylight in San Francisco — is made even more despicable by the fact that her alleged murderer — identified by shocked passersby who caught the killer’s image on their cell phone — was quickly captured and revealed to be one Francisco Sanchez. Sanchez is a seven-times convicted felon and five-times deported illegal immigrant from Mexico. 

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The Declaration of Independence: Vindication and Defeat

By 7.3.15

Something we ought to consider in the controversy over the Confederate (battle) flag: The United States defeated the Confederacy on the battlefield, but eventually gave in to the political principles that the Confederacy stood for.

In the years leading up to and through the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called upon the American people to rededicate themselves to the principles of the Declaration of Independence. As Lincoln said, “I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence,” particularly that freedom and democracy derived from the natural fact of human equality. Slavery violated this principle, and the Republican Party was founded to restore slavery to the place where the founders had placed it, he said, “in the course of ultimate extinction.”

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The Virtue of Mandatory Vaccination

By 7.2.15

On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that makes California the third state to eliminate “personal belief” exemptions from vaccine requirements for children to attend schools, either public or private.

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EPA Raked Over the Coals

By 7.1.15

Consumers and businesses won big on Monday, when the Supreme Court struck down an Environmental Protection Agency regulation on coal plant emissions because the EPA failed to consider whether the costs outweighed the benefits. Not the cost to government, mind you. The cost to us, as consumers and business owners, to comply. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency is a setback for the Obama administration but an important protection for the rest of us. 

Federal overregulation—of everything from automobiles to fast food and power plants — makes it more expensive for employers to hire and more expensive for consumers to buy everyday products. Amazingly, 29 percent of what the average household spends is due to regulations jacking up prices. We could afford a lot more if there were fewer regulations.

Some are needed to protect our health and safety, but Washington D.C. overdoes it. And has for decades. The Obama administration is the all-time worst offender, and its EPA imposes the most regulatory burden of any agency.

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

By 6.26.15

The Confederate Flag’s very name confuses. The Confederacy never recognized it as its flag, and even Southerners occasionally call it the “Stars and Bars” despite that moniker belonging to the dissimilar banner that flew over the capitol in Richmond during the Civil War.

With so much confusion over the controversial cloth where it still flies, surely Dixieland denizens can forgive an ignorant Northerner for misunderstanding the Confederate Flag, too.

My childhood impression held that the Confederate Flag stood for Lynyrd Skynyrd just as Southerners stood in unison for “Freebird” as their “Star-Spangled Banner.” They raised cigarette lighters in reverence to their anthem; Northerners placed hands on heart. They say Palmetto bug. We say cockroach.

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The Culture of Smugness

By 6.24.15

Whether or not South Carolina retains a Confederate flag on state grounds is clearly a matter for the state to decide. But the media couldn’t permit GOP presidential candidates to limit themselves to that position. It had to hector the candidates into support for the flag’s removal. On all matters racial, the media polices not only sins of commission but sins of omission. By the media’s estimate, insufficient enthusiasm for the flag’s removal is evidence of a troubling racial attitude.

The hate on display in the controversy is coming not from the flag’s defenders but from a smug liberal elite that can’t rest until every inch of America conforms to their liberal prejudices. Jon Stewart’s supposedly anguished remarks about the Charleston horror seemed more like childish pouting and sophomoric South-bashing, with the glib host demanding that even the streets of the South be renamed: “In South Carolina, the roads that black people drive on are named for Confederate Generals who fought to keep black people from driving freely on that road. That’s insanity. That’s racial wallpaper. You can’t allow that.”

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The Pope’s Climate Confusion

By 6.23.15

As the leader of perhaps the single largest institution in the world — the Roman Catholic Church — the pope potentially influences at least the Church’s 1.2 billion members, and perhaps millions of others around the globe. His sway makes it critical that when pontificating on matters beyond religion — matters which impact public policy both within and among nations — he acquire and consider a wide range of information from experts across the relevant political, scientific, economic, and philosophical spectra before making his influential pronouncements.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the environment and climate change, about which he just issued an encyclical focused “on care for our common home,” Pope Francis seems to have shrouded himself in confirmation bias of the worst sort, taking in little information that did not conform to his pre-existing anti-capitalist bias and leading to analysis and policy prescriptions that are not just erroneous but harmful.