YOU CANT PUT A BAND-AID ON IT
Re: David N. Bass's U.S. House Cleaning:
Term limits are only a band-aid on the real problem. The problem is caused by a voting system that keeps two political parties in perpetual dominance. (See Duverger's Law.) This Duopoly is essentially free to nominate any candidate it wants, because to vote for anyone truly alternative is seen as "a waste" at best, and counterproductive at worst.
What we really need is a better voting system, one that allows for more choices (parties/candidates) to compete on even footing, based purely on ideology and capability of the candidates and not strategic considerations. It already exists -- it's called Condorcet's method. We don't need artificial and arbitrary term limits. We just need to make better use of the term limiting device we already have, namely, the ballot box! If it worked as intended, the problem would be solved.
When voters have to abandon their conscience to vote "the lesser of two evils," you know that the system is broken! Fix its fundamentals, don't just slap a band-aid on it.
Re: Edward Sisson's Pro-Democratic Bono:
I understand your article to say: In the legal establishment, there is a significant number of senior, responsible indviduals who place the political interests of the Democratic party ahead of the security and welfare of the United States generally in their priorities.
Is this summary accurate? Because, if so, I find this more disturbing than the notion that there may be a bunch of junior associates who are rabidly anti-American.
-- Barney Krebs
PROPERTY OF THE RULING CLASS
Re: George Neumayr's The Future's Shadow:
It's just a matter of time until organ donation is required. Perhaps enforced at gunpoint by a Medical Swat team. After all, isn't your body a product of government health care? And doesn't that trigger a property interest on behalf of Government?
Why should that be such a big surprise? The new ruling class regards you and me as simply raw material for its Grand Designs. And it demonstrates it every day.
Forget Soylent Green -- we'll have Soylent Blue Cross any day now. So let's not build that fence across the Mexican border. WE may need a way out, sooner than we think.
-- Martin Owens
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Re: Jeffrey Lord's Mark Levin Readies Lawsuit on Slaughter Rule:
I sincerely hope this is no joke. This needs to be done; however, to a greater extent, if the President actually signs the bill...is this not grounds for impeachment?
-- George R. Lentz
Re: Jeffrey Lord's Specter Opens Door on White House Felonies:
Thank you for continuing to conduct actual journalism, following and pursuing a story so that it does not, in fact, disappear from the public awareness. You realize, of course, they are expecting this to go away. I am grateful for your persistence and diligence in covering this story.
-- Ken Newton
I am sitting here after reading the above commentary that drips with truth. What I can't understand is why hasn't any one conservative individual or collectively like minded individuals (e.g. TAS or NewsMax, League of American Voters, American Future Fund, Thomas Moore Law Center, Liberty Council, Center for Individual Freedom, and a host of talk show personalities) to name a few, gathered its legal clout and collective evidence and filed suit in Federal Court? I know it would take good evidence like turning those Senators and Congressmen that have experienced the corrupt tactics of the Administration into solid witnesses. How about Investigative Reporters (Journalists) who have experienced the blatant lies and "Stonewalling" tactics by the Administration? Some of them must certainly want to step up and be true, honest and courageous Americans. Anyone??
Can't anyone see what has been prophesied that our Constitution will hang by a thread in these the "Last of the Last Days." What will it take to correct our course?
-- Jon C. and Nancy W. Young
BLINDED BY EMPATHY
Re: Manon McKinnon's Hollywood's Other Blind Side:
As progressives, my wife and both found this story to be terrific in every way, and actually thought very highly of Bullocks character. I know that it uses a bit of artistic license( the youth portrayed had already knew how to play football, unlike how the movie portrayed it).
It can only be a good thing to have more movies like this. And there should be more of them.
It's also good to see movies that represents many different views, whether you agree with them or not.
And I think a lot of why Hollywood tends to be more progressive than conservative is that actors and actresses tend to be emotional people. Emotional people tend to empathize with others, thusly, you have people who use their talents in a way that feels like you are making a difference.
If more well made movies like this one appear, that's always a good thing. But don't forget, very few people who actually perform in movies run the studios, the media, the entertainment conglomerates. The CEO's and those at that level tend to be more conservative, so while the employees may be progressive, the ones who handle the finances are generally conservative (such as Rupert Murdoch).
-- Steven Taub
Re: Neal B. Freeman's Please Don't, Charlie:
Until 2008, I had been a staunch supporter of Gov. Christ, but no longer. This year I, my family and friends are supporting Marco Rubio.
The governor has erred on several issues, including:
• Making "back room" deals with the Indian Casinos, bypassing the state legislature. (Similar to Pelosi/Reid/Obama on health care)
• Making "back room" deals with U.S. Sugar, outside the purview of his office and, again, excluding the state legislature and the Water Management District.
• Last, but not least, his back-slapping, glad-handing with Obama at his Stimulus Stomping Tour in Fort Myers.
No, we will NOT support Christ but we have financially supported and campaigned for Marco Rubio.
We wouldn't even vote for his retention in the Governor's Office.
GETTING WAXED IN THE POLLS
Re: Larry Thornberry's Crist Implodes:
Wow. A liberal pollster tells us Marco Rubio is waxing Charlie Crist -- can the news get any better? This November it will be exciting when Marco Rubio joins the Republican Senate majority to fight and destroy Obama's radical Democrat agenda.
For those who still don't get it, the GOP is the conservative party in the US. As for RINO's being an endangered species that will only be proven when the King of Pork, the "Wild Shrimp Cowboy" and CPAC straw poll winner Ron Paul goes the way of Harry Reid and the radical Obama agenda.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
BIG DEAL CROOKS
Re: William Yeatman and Jeremy Lott's You Stay Classy, Sacramento:
"... California regulators allow utilities to increase electricity rates to fund programs that lower energy consumption. If these programs reduce energy use below targets set by the state, then the utilities get to keep some of the value of the saved electricity."
And I thought the crooks from Enron were all dead or incarcerated. Call the cops and have them put out an APB on Paul Krugman.
-- Dan Martin
Re: Jonathan Aitken's Forgiveness in Hollywood:
Please thank Mr. Aitken!
Lovely essay: in South Africa we seldom see outsiders comprehend much about truth here in our little country at bottom end of Africa.
Thanks. I am sending this piece to all my friends.
Note: Mr. Clint Eastwood and Freeman are both gentlemen and perceptive artists: everyone who met them here during filming agreed and loved them.
-- A. Harrison Smith
THE FREE RIDERS
Re: William Tucker's Bending the Cost Curve -- With a Crowbar:
One of the real dilemmas in bending the cost curve is the public clamor for doing away with pre-existing conditions limitations. Where this has been done, premiums shoot skyward as a result of the free rider problem: waiting to buy insurance until you are actually sick.
There is a reasonably simple way to mitigate this free rider problem. In the case of continuous coverage (no gap in coverage), regardless of insurer, there is to be no pre-existing condition provision. The insured has continuously been in the insurance pool, and is not a free rider. If there has been a gap in coverage, there is to be a one year pre-existing condition provision, so any free rider will have to wait a year until he can obtain coverage for his condition. When moving from a high deductible policy to a lower deductible policy, the high deductible will apply for one year on the replacement coverage for a pre-existing condition.
Under this scenario, no one would lack coverage for a pre-existing condition except an irresponsible free rider who has not remained continuously insured.
There would be no need for the government to require individuals to insure. There would be a private coverage penalty for those who waited to purchase insurance based on their free choice to become or remain uninsured until in need of medical care.
Since pre-existing conditions seem to be the area of highest concern for most people, this solution would fix the problem for all responsible people. Plus, my suggestion would allow for people to move from insurer to insurer to take advantage of the best deal without fear of losing coverage for pre-existing conditions.
-- Stephen Zierak
Kansas City, Missouri
Re:Jeffrey Lord's Repeal: Obamacare as the New Prohibition:
I have read that there is a provision at the end of Harry Reid's healthcare bill that says something to the effect that "this bill will be the law of the land and it shall not be repealed."
I do not know the exact wording of this part and would be interested to know if this would prevent the people or future administrations from cancelling any part of this bill which might pass.
-- B.D. Reynolds
NOWHERE TO GO
Re: Joseph Shattan's The Grasshopper and the Ants:
A very amusing allegory, to be sure. However, there is one problem: With very few exceptions, the hardest working ants in our society don't leave the nest; they have nowhere else to go.
-- D. Reich
Auburn New York
Re: David Gutmann's Why the Palestinians Don't Want a State:
Dr. Gutmann's article lifts the veil of deceit behind which the "Palestinian Cause" festers. Facts and common sense, as illuminated in Gutmann's article, are a casualty in the Middle East tragedy of victimhood as virtue. As for the Arab states that encourage and support the Palestinian Cause, I am sure that if Israel did not exist, the Islamists would find another foil against whom to extol their hatred and fear of the modern world.
-- Frank Kelly
New Hyde Park, New York
DO NO HARM
Re: Daniel Oliver's Lash and Chain Morality:
For a healthy prescription for an ethical health care system add Hippocrates' "First do no harm," to the sagacious policy of Rabbi Hillel: "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor."
-- I.M. Kessel