Archive for May 2009

Health Care Reformers Don’t Get It

May 28, 2009

An interesting take by F. Paul Wilson on the coming “universal health care”.

Health Care reformers: They don’t get it

Left, right, center, all the pols are on one reform bandwagon or another.  The idea is to bring all the uninsured (according to the National Coalition on Health Care, that means 46 million people) under some sort of medical coverage.

Am I going to carp about how we’re going to pay for it?  Nah.  Not my job.  (Although, in this Weimar zeitgeist, I suppose we’ll simply print more money.)

No, I’m thinking about bodies – 46 million of them.  That’s an amazing number.  And once they enter the system, they’ll want to utilize it.  They’ll want/need physical exams and their cholesterol checked, and their blood pressure and diabetes treated.  They’ll want vaccinations and pre-school exams for their well kids and throat cultures and medications for their sick ones.

So here’s the next question, the one no one on the Hill seems to be asking:

Who’s going to treat them?

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Even if the plan will include money to train more providers there will be a long ramp-up to an adequate ratio of patients-to-providers.

In the meantime, we can only hope there won’t be too many incidents like this one in which a woman died on the waiting room floor of a county hospital, even as staffers saw – and ignored – her in distress.

Gerald Celente: 2012 Economic Apocalypse

May 27, 2009

Other recent articles from Gerald Celente:

The Bailout Bubble

Looking Back on the Greatest Depression

Green Shoots or Greatest Depression?

Paint Your Roof White to Save the Planet!

May 26, 2009

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London.

The Nobel laureate in physics called for a “new revolution” in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

But he warned there was no silver bullet for tackling climate change, and said a range of measures should be introduced, including painting flat roofs white.

Making roads and roofs a paler colour could have the equivalent effect of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years, Chu said.

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What a brilliant idea! I use much less air conditioning in the winter when my roof is white with snow. I think these guys are on to something!

More on Preventative Detention

May 24, 2009

There is nothing good about this preventative detention proposal from a legal, ethical or moral view. Unless, of course, you liked the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. If you think that was a good idea then you’ll love this one.

Glenn Greenwald has a great column about this topic – Facts and Myths About Obama’s Preventative Detention Proposal. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s important to be clear about what “preventive detention” authorizes. It does not merely allow the U.S. Government to imprison people alleged to have committed Terrorist acts yet who are unable to be convicted in a civilian court proceeding. That class is merely a subset, perhaps a small subset, of who the Government can detain. Far more significant, “preventive detention” allows indefinite imprisonment not based on proven crimes or past violations of law, but of those deemed generally “dangerous” by the Government for various reasons (such as, as Obama put it yesterday, they “expressed their allegiance to Osama bin Laden” or “otherwise made it clear that they want to kill Americans”). That’s what “preventive” means: imprisoning people because the Government claims they are likely to engage in violent acts in the future because they are alleged to be “combatants.”

Once known, the details of the proposal could — and likely will — make this even more extreme by extending the “preventive detention” power beyond a handful of Guantanamo detainees to anyone, anywhere in the world, alleged to be a “combatant.” After all, once you accept the rationale on which this proposal is based — namely, that the U.S. Government must, in order to keep us safe, preventively detain “dangerous” people even when they can’t prove they violated any laws — there’s no coherent reason whatsoever to limit that power to people already at Guantanamo, as opposed to indefinitely imprisoning with no trials all allegedly “dangerous” combatants, whether located in Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Western countries and even the U.S.

And this from the New York Times:

President’s Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition

President Obama’s proposal for a new legal system in which terrorism suspects could be held in “prolonged detention” inside the United States without trial would be a departure from the way this country sees itself, as a place where people in the grip of the government either face criminal charges or walk free.

There are, to be sure, already some legal tools that allow for the detention of those who pose danger: quarantine laws as well as court precedents permitting the confinement of sexual predators and the dangerous mentally ill. Every day in America, people are denied bail and locked up because they are found to be a hazard to their communities, though they have yet to be convicted of anything.

Still, the concept of preventive detention is at the very boundary of American law, and legal experts say any new plan for the imprisonment of terrorism suspects without trial would seem inevitably bound for the Supreme Court.

Mr. Obama has so far provided few details of his proposed system beyond saying it would be subject to oversight by Congress and the courts. Whether it would be constitutional, several of the legal experts said in interviews, would most likely depend on the fairness of any such review procedures.

Ultimately, they suggested, the question of constitutionality would involve a national look in the mirror: Is this what America does?

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Obama: We are broke

May 24, 2009

jokerburningmoney_tbiYa think?

But wait — Obama says we are out of money because we have not spent enough! If only we had spent billions or trillions of dollars on Universal Health Care, we wouldn’t be broke today! Oooooh — now I get it. Or not.

Obama: We are broke. Well, Duh!

I am utterly amazed at the continued arrogance of the Obama administration, which has managed to make the Bush administration look to be prudent, which is a major accomplishment. Obama tells C-SPAN that “We are out of money,” but then claims that this is because the government had not taken over healthcare. (I’d hate to see our medical system when government actually does completely control it, given that it pretty much is a government-run system now.)

His comments simply are stunning:

So we’ve got a short-term problem, which is we had to spend a lot of money to salvage our financial system, we had to deal with the auto companies, a huge recession which drains tax revenue at the same time it’s putting more pressure on governments to provide unemployment insurance or make sure that food stamps are available for people who have been laid off.So we have a short-term problem and we also have a long-term problem. The short-term problem is dwarfed by the long-term problem. And the long-term problem is Medicaid and Medicare. If we don’t reduce long-term health care inflation substantially, we can’t get control of the deficit.

So, one option is just to do nothing. We say, well, it’s too expensive for us to make some short-term investments in health care. We can’t afford it. We’ve got this big deficit. Let’s just keep the health care system that we’ve got now.

Along that trajectory, we will see health care cost as an overall share of our federal spending grow and grow and grow and grow until essentially it consumes everything…

 Yes, this is an administration that when it found out we were in a deep recession has turned on the Federal Reserve spigots at full blast and is throwing money around. Now that the U.S. Dollar is tanking, suddenly they realize they are painted into a corner.

What to do? It is obvious; pour another round of drinks, have a toga party, and print more money. When prices of goods skyrocket upwards, Obama will blame business (and especially the oil companies), and the media and most of the country will slavishly believe him.


Extremists Everywhere

May 24, 2009

Is Nicole a terrorist an extremist?

Rachel Maddow on the Obama Plan for Preventative Detention

May 23, 2009

The hypocrite-in-chief’s speech in which he describes his thoughts on a plan for “prolonged preventative detention” is beautifully torn to shreds by Rachel Maddow in this video:

Sounds like more buyer’s remorse from the left. That will be such a comfort to everyone who someday finds him or herself in some prison camp without benefit of evidence, charges, trial or sentence.