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Friday, July 31, 2009

A Video Parody (For Now): Health Rations and You


A glimpse of the future, circa 2015?

This video brought to you by the Health Administration Division of the U.S. Federal Government.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:55 PM

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Congressman Barney Frank: Public Option is Route to Single Payer


One thing I have always appreciated about Rep. Barney Frank is that he is a very effective communicator.

In this video, he can't be more plain: The Obama/Democrat leadership health care "public option" is intended to lead the U.S. to single-payer health care.

The left will keep denying it, but there's no doubt its Barney Frank in this video, and he's in a position to know.

If you have a blog, I hope you will consider re-posting this video. It's YouTube page is here.

Hat tip: Conservatives for Patients' Rights.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:10 PM

"Mouthing Disingenuous Assurances Isn't Leadership or Change"

Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie, writing in his personal column on WorldNetDaily, asks: "Why the rush on Obamacare?"?

Mychal (as usual!) doesn't mince any words in his conclusion:
Parading in front of teleprompters and mouthing disingenuous assurances isn't leadership or change. It is simply more of the same from another smarmy politician who will say and do anything to advance a diabolical agenda – no matter how bad it is for the nation.
You can see what Mychal has to say by reading his column here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:27 AM

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

House Republicans to Introduce Health Care Plan Thursday

RSCHealthOnePager.jpgHouse Republicans will introduce a health care bill tomorrow.

For those with an interest, below is the text of a one-pager describing the bill that the conservative House Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Tom Price, M.D., is distributing on the Hill:
EMPOWERING PATIENTS FIRST ACT

A Solution from the Republican Study Committee for Access to Affordable, Quality Health Care for All Americans

Pillar #1: Access to Coverage for All Americans

Makes the purchase of health care financially feasible for all - Extends the income tax deduction (above the line) on health care premiums to those who purchase coverage in the non-group / individual market. And, there is an advanceable, refundable tax credit (on a sliding scale) for low-income individuals to purchase coverage in the non-group / individual market.

Covers pre-existing conditions - Grants states incentives to establish high-risk / reinsurance pools. Federal block grants for qualified pools are expanded.

Protects employer-sponsored insurance - Individuals can be automatically enrolled in an employer-sponsored plan. Small businesses are given tax incentives for adoption of auto-enrollment.

Shines sunlight on health plans - Establishes health plan and provider portals in each state, and these portals act to supply greater information, rather than acting as a purchasing mechanism.

Pillar #2: Coverage Is Truly Owned by the Patient

Grants greater choice and portability - Gives patients the power to own and control their own health care coverage by allowing for a defined contribution in employer-sponsored plans. This also gives employers more flexibility in the benefits offered.

Expands the individual market - Creates pooling mechanisms, such as association health plans and individual membership accounts. Individuals are also allowed to shop for health insurance across state lines.

Reforms the safety net - Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries are given the option of a voucher to purchase private insurance. And states must cover 90% of those below 200% of the federal poverty level before they can expand eligibility levels under Medicaid and SCHIP.

Pillar #3: Improve the Health Care Delivery Structure

Institutes doctor-led quality measures - Nothing suggested by the Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research can be finalized unless done in consultation with and approved by medical specialty societies. It also establishes performance-based quality measures endorsed by the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) and physician specialty organizations.

Reimburses physicians to ensure continuity of care - Rebases the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and establishes two separate conversion factors (baskets) for primary care and all other services.

Promotes healthier lifestyles - Allows for employers to offer discounts for healthy habits through wellness and prevention programs.

Pillar #4: Rein in Out-of-Control Costs

Reforms the medical liability system - Establishes administrative health care tribunals, also known as health courts, in each state, and adds affirmative defense through provider-established best practice measures. It also encourages the speedy resolution of claims and caps non-economic damages.

Pays for the plan - The cost of the plan is completely offset through decreasing defensive medicine, savings from health care efficiencies (reduce DSH payments), ferreting out waste, fraud, and abuse, plus an annual one-percent non-defense discretionary spending step down.
An Associated Press story about the legislation, "House Republicans Unveil $700B Health Care Plan" by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, published this afternoon, contains additional details.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:20 PM

How Government Saves Money

This Wall Street Journal story about how government saves money is sad and funny at the same time.

Some sample savings found by U.S. government agencies in response to President Obama's request that agencies come up with $100 million in savings:
* The U.S. Forest Service will get by with new white vehicles, despite preferring green.

* When the Army sends soldiers on vacation, it will send more at a time.

* FEMA is going to re-use emergency trailers instead of throwing them out.

* Homeland Security and NHTSA are going to read newspapers online instead of subscribing to the paper versions.

* The Navy will delete unused email accounts, which, somehow, will save $5 million. (How many unused accounts can there possibly be?)
Regrettably, only one federal department -- the Labor Department -- suggested eliminating a program.

If only government agencies were as parsimonious about spending as they are about cutting programs.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:00 PM

What's Happening Now

If you like Fanny Mae, you'll love Fanny Med.

What is "de-developing" and why does President Obama's science advisor want to do it to the United States?

Vote for the most ridiculous lawsuit of the month. (I voted for the Katy Perry lawsuit; but was tempted by the Jose Canseco lawsuit.)

California's yearly pension fund contribution rose from $321 million to $7.3 billion in 8 years. The state pays over 5,000 people more than $100,000 annually in pensions.

Parody: "Nothing irritates me more than the pitter-patter of little carbon footprints."

Obama, Democrat leadership blame the GOP for good done by Dem Blue Dogs in stopping health care bill. Accidental compliment?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:06 PM

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What's Happening Now

Shocking proof Obama was born outside the United States. (But did Microsoft Word exist in 1961?)

I believe Obama wants to keep the birther story going.

The New York Times "house conservative" says: "I feel politically closer to Barack Obama than to House Minority Leader John Boehner." Hmmm... wonder why they hired him...?

Everyone's watching: Captain Kirk channel Sarah Palin. Even more fun: David Frum (4,700) v. Mark Levin (900,000).

Associated Press reports: Secret testimony claims Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad knew they got preferential treatment from Countrywide. (H/T Ace) The Senators themselves say, essentially, "hogwash."

Ten questions for supporters of ObamaCare.

Marta Mossburg: "The average state government employee benefit package in Maryland is $24,347 per year..." (And still the lady at the Maryland DMV wouldn't answer my question!)


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:19 PM

Why a Public Health Care System Does Not Work (in Only 62 Words)

Why a public health care system does not work:
To meet budget targets, governments reduce payments to providers and to buy equipment. This reduces the supply of people willing to provide health care services (doctors, nurses, medical staff and support) and the supply of equipment (hospital beds, diagnostic tools, etc.). Shortages develop, and those who are sick or injured, suffer.

They find themselves with health care coverage, but without health care.
Read this story about Medicaid coverage not leading to health care for an example of this in real life, and be aware as you do that the same dynamic is an increasing problem for American seniors enrolled in Medicare.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:42 PM

Quote of Note: Climate Change is Yesterday's News

"...regarding climate change, the U.S. government, rushing to impose unilateral cap-and-trade burdens on the sagging U.S. economy, looks increasingly like someone who bought a closetful of platform shoes and bell-bottom slacks just as disco was dying."

-George F. Will, "Climate Fixers' Hard Sell," Washington Post, July 23, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:19 AM

Hear Barack Obama Complain About Congress Passing Bills It Hasn't Read


Why would the man who is trying to pass health care reform and cap and trade without Congress reading the bills say anything like this?

Because it was 2004.

Hat tip: Naked Emperor News for posting the clip on YouTube; P.J. Gladnick on Newsbusters for writing about it.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:04 AM

Monday, July 27, 2009

What's Happening Now

Is Obama a brat?

The last Toyota you bought might be the last Toyota you ever buy.

How many 800-pound gorillas fit in the U.S. Senate? (Does it matter if they're very ugly?)

Steve Milloy has some questions about Goldman Sachs.

Spooky.

Obama missed his moment.

U.S. government to study dangerous pathogens in Tornado Alley. Yucca Mountain remains unused. Obama is tightening CAFE standards, which make cars less safe. The way we're going, the euthanasia provisions in the health care bill will be superfluous.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:17 PM

ABC News Broadcasts Selective "Truth About Oil"

Last Friday, July 24, ABC News aired the special "Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil." It might have been more correctly titled "Charlie Gibson Hates the Oil Companies."

ABC News newsreader Charlie Gibson interviewed 18 people during the course of the program. Seven were gas station owners, refinery workers and the like - people who were there to specifically deliver raw information about the operations of the oil industry. When it came to the 11 people featured for their political insight, it was obvious Gibson only really wanted to hear one viewpoint.

For those who wanted to bash the oil companies, Gibson gave people such as Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America and New York University professor Vijay Vaitheesweran long segments to pontificate. On the other side was Rayola Dougher of the American Petroleum Institute, who was given very little time at all in comparison to her opponents and who gave more informational responses than a defense of her industry.

The other oil industry defender? Gibson used campaign footage of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and an interview he did with her during her vice presidential campaign. In the opening segment, for example, they have Gibson, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and President Obama state that our nation is "addicted to oil," and then cut to Palin starting a "drill, baby, drill" chant at a rally.

No bias there.

Secretary Chu was also pitched softballs by Gibson, who even prompted Chu at one point to say our nation is "headed for a train wreck" due to our reliance on foreign oil. Despite a small portion of the program talking about how new technology is allowing more productive domestic offshore drilling, there was a definite implication that America's best energy days were in the past. And there was no mention of oil shale or tar sands exploration.

Further showing the network's apparent allegiance to the White House, every previous modern president - from Nixon to Bush 43 - was derided for pledging to reduce American dependence on energy and not delivering. Gibson reserved praise for the promises of President Obama. And Secretary Chu added that things must change to stop global climate change.

That's when they brought on "lifelong Republican" T. Boone Pickens to push for alternative energy. He's invested in windfarms these days.

"Over a Barrel" was billed as a "20/20" special, but it was originally supposed to be a stand-alone special the previous Wednesday. Due to the presidential press conference that day, however, the network decided to go with "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" that night instead.

Despite this apparent acknowledgement by the network through its reprogramming that this was a dog of a program, it still won the sponsorship of some top-tier advertisers such as Home Depot, American Express, S.C. Johnson (Glade air freshener and Off insect repellant) and Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster and Olive Garden).

The National Center has been tracking the advertisers of ABC's World News after they allowed Obama the ability to shill his health care plan on prime time television last month.

To see a list of corporate sponsors of ABC News programming and how you can contact them to express your thoughts on their bankrolling their nightly news and these news specials, go to our ABC News sponsors list.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 2:36 PM

What's Happening Now

House leadership tells Republican Congressman he's not allowed to use the phrase "government-run health care."

Patriotic Americans know when to die.

Racism makes Harvey sad.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) says there is no point in Members of Congress reading the health care bill: It's incomprehensible.

Fundamental facts about Honduras.

1932 Hupmobile drivers be advised: Discretion is the better part of valor.

Federal spending by the numbers.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:12 PM

Quote of Note: Bipartisan Approach to Health Care

"The only thing bipartisan about the [health care reform legislation] so far is the opposition to it."

-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on CNN's "State of the Union," July 26, 2009, as quoted by the Associated Press


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:37 AM

What Talking Points Memo Doesn't Tell You

The liberal Talking Points Memo blog's Brian Beutler is touting some memos the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's staff created -- with tax dollars -- to pressure their fellow members of Congress (TPM wrongly reports they were created only for Committee members) into going along with the the Democrat health care bill.

The memos purport to show the benefits that will head toward constituents of the individual Members if only they would sell their souls to obtain the benefits.

Talking Points Memo helpfully displayed the one created for the district of Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). Like others I reviewed, this document is just one page -- a curiously short summary for an over 1,000 page bill with literally life-and-death implications.

Such things as the following also were missing from the summaries:

  • revealing that people who pursue healthy lifestyles and are rewarded by lower premiums will lose this benefit ("hardly a formula for lower costs," says CNN Money) if the House bill becomes law;




  • the Lewin Group estimate that 88.1 million Americans could lose their present health care coverage, even if they don't want to;

  • the fact that an estimated 1.2 million small businesses would be hit by a 5.4 percent surtax, and many Americans would face a higher income tax rate than do taxpayers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan;


    and a good bit more.
It appears that Talking Points Memo and the Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee want the public to be educated on what is in the House bill -- but not too educated.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:14 AM

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Conflicted Priorities of Britain's Government-Run Health System

Britain's public health system has said that heroin addicts may be given access to swine flu vaccine earlier than Britain's general population, as they are unusually vulnerable.

Last week, a 22-year-old man from Essex, England with liver disease died after he was denied a liver transplant by the same health system. Active alcoholics aren't allowed transplants, even if they commit to stop drinking, as Gary Reinbach did. His brother, Luke, told the press, "They never gave him the chance to show he could change."

Whether you agree or disagree with these decisions, are they the national government's to make?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:03 PM

What's Happening Now

If the Congressional Budget Office keeps delivering news like this, will Pelosi and Reid try to shut it down?

Poor Bigfoot.

Is this a lie, or does President Obama just not know any better?

If we create more public health care, we will get more stories like this.

In the housing crisis, who does Thomas Sowell feel most sorry for?

Why do politicians with no business experience think they can run 15 percent of the economy? John Stossel doesn't know.

Just for fun: Nicholas Wade is a "denier."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:09 AM

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What's Happening Now

Under the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade climate bill, the taxpayers have to give General Electric $200 every time it sells a refrigerator.

Government medicine won't work for little Gunner.

Can you picture in your mind's eye the scene on the Battleship Missouri as Imperial Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers? Apparently, President Obama can't.

Who's uninsured -- in pictures.

India questions the science behind the global warming theory. Would James Hansen try the Indian government "for high crimes against humanity and nature"?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:30 AM

Friday, July 24, 2009

What's Happening Now

RedState reports: A top Democratic Congressional staffer says hospice is how the Democrats' health care bill controls health care costs.

MoveOn.org organized a rally in favor of Obama's health care reform legislation outside GOP Senator John Cornyn's Dallas office, but found itself outnumbered by Tea Party patriots as much as 20-1.

Midwives to be paid the same as doctors under the House Democrats' health care bill. America to follow Britain in giving up having a doctor present at births?

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus agree with President Obama about the Cambridge Police Department.

Put some tobacco in a pipe and smoke it, and your government health premiums go up. Put some crack in and smoke it and, hey, no problem!


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:44 PM

What's Happening Now

Animals can sue? Can we sue back?

FactCheck.org gave President Obama's press conference statements poor marks for accuracy.

The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby observes Obama opposing integration.

Barbara Boxer says she's glad she was rude to an army general and the head of the Black Chamber of Commerce: "That only revs up my people. I use that to send them letters and say, 'Help me.' So I get millions of dollars..."

Robert Gates says President Obama "was not calling the officer stupid." No, he was calling him "stupidly."

Remember, it's all about him.

A case of it being better to have an enemy in the tent pissing out? Nah!

Attention Mr. President: Here's a way to lower health costs. Doesn't expand government, though.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:26 AM

Annoy a Liberal Congressman Today

Apparently fearful the American people will see the chart Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and GOP members of Congress' Joint Economic Committee released about the House Democrats' health care bill, House Democrats are reportedly blocking GOP attempts to mail it to their constituents.

The Democrats say (as far as I know, with a straight face) that they are blocking distribution not because they are censoring criticism, but because the chart is not precisely accurate.

For the record, the Republicans who created the chart say it is accurate. Meanwhile, we can expect the born-again accuracy czars of the House Democrat caucus to start admitting their health plan will lead to rationing, their cap-and-trade bill will kill jobs and that their stimulus bill was about pork and political payoffs.

Click on the chart to enlarge it

There's no copyright on this chart, so why not annoy a liberal Congressman today by emailing it to all your friends? Click the little envelope or one of the "share" options below to do so easily.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:36 AM

Video of Project 21's Bob Parks Discussing Obama and Gates on Fox's O'Reilly Factor


Here's a video of Project 21's Bob Parks (right on the panel), guest host Monica Crowley and Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Thursday's Fox News O'Reilly Factor.

The three discussed President Obama's comment that the Cambridge MA Police Department "acted stupidly" when it arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for disorderly conduct.

Hat tip to jbranstetter04 for posting the video on YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:12 AM

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Project 21's Parks to Debate Obama's Comments on Henry Gates Arrest on Tonight's "O'Reilly Factor"

parks_sm.jpgProject 21's Bob Parks is scheduled to appear on the Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" program on Thursday, July 23 at 8:00 PM eastern. Monica Crowley is guest host.

Bob has been invited to discuss President Obama's remarks last night about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Gates was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week for disorderly conduct after officers responded to a neighbor's call that Gates' home was possibly being burglarized. In fact, Gates had just returned from a trip and was trying to open a jammed door. The charges later were dropped.

In his nationally televised press conference, President Obama was asked about the arrest. While admitting he didn't "know all the facts," Obama nonetheless implied that he was angry about the arrest and said the officers acted "stupidly."

On his personal "Black and Right" web site, Bob says: "President Obama admits he didn't know much about the case, and yet slams a police department on national television. Is this stupid or what?"

The person Bob will be debating had yet to be determined at the time Bob was booked for the show.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 5:12 PM

What's Happening Now

A secret meeting. Others are not-so-secret anymore.

Opposed to government-run health care? Join the bus tour.

We need a special prosecutor.

Surprise! A letter to the Senate (pdf) on Sotomayor.

The House Democrats' health care bill and illegal aliens.

Bill Cosby is shocked at Barack Obama.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:32 PM

Letter on Obama and Public Charter Schools

Just caught the story about Obama's NAACP speech. It's quite off-the-mark in one respect: The President is a strong supporter of public charter schools. (Check our website, below, for plenty of evidence).

Best..

Nelson Smith
President & CEO
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
1101 15th Street, NW
Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20005
202-289-2700
www.publiccharters.org


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:15 PM

House Left Moves to End Community Service Requirement in Public Housing

The Congressional conservatives' Republican Study Committee reports that Congressmen Rangel (D-NY), Frank (D-MA), Waters (D-CA) and Watt (D-NC) will introduce an amendment to the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill later today to prohibit requiring people in public housing to contribute eight hours per month to community service or spend a comparable time in an economic self-sufficiency program.

Eight hours per month must have been too much to ask.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:01 PM

Outrage of the Day: The "Stupid" Remark


If President Obama was willing to confidently call the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department "stupid" even while admitting he didn't have all the facts of the case, on what other issues is the President confidently speaking without first examining the facts at hand?

As for the question immediately at hand: If our local police department sees someone breaking into our house, it is welcome to ask questions, even if the person doing it is me.

Do I only think that because I'm white?

Hat tip to NewsPoliticsNews for posting the video on YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:29 PM

Race Preferences in Health Care Bill

nedd_sm.jpgProject 21 issued this press release this morning:
Obama Health Care Bill Contains Race Preferences

Black Activist Speaks Out Against Proposed Unequal Allocation of Health Resources


For Release: July 23, 2009
Contact: David Almasi at 202/543-4110x11


An examination of the 1018-page "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009" (H.R. 3200) - the official Obama health care bill - finds several cases in which grant money for medical training can be awarded solely on factors of race and class.

Project 21 member Bishop Council Nedd II, an Anglican bishop and director of the Ecumenical Institute for Health Policy Research based at Valley Forge Christian College, is condemning the addition of racial preferences to the President's legislation.

"The U.S. Supreme Court just struck down racial preferences. So why does a newly-introduced bill want to perpetuate something that has just been declared unconstitutional?" asked Project 21's Nedd. "Racial preferences will not improve health care. They will increase tensions when some people are being unfairly put at the front of the line."

Between pages 878 and 909 of H.R. 3200, in an area related to grants for medical training, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is empowered to grant preference in awarding training grants. For the specialties of "family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, geriatrics and physician assistantship" (pages 878-882); "medical residents on community-based settings" (pages 883-886) and "general, pediatric and public health dentists and dental hygienists" (pages 887-891), it is written that "the Secretary shall give preference to... entities that have a demonstrated record of... training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds."

Further, the bill amends the Public Health Service Act to give preferences in "advanced education nursing grants" to programs that "increase diversity among advanced education nurses" (pages 892-895). Grants for "enhancing the public health workforce" similarly give preference to "entities that have a demonstrated record of... training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds" (pages 907-909).

A PDF version of H.R. 3200 can be found at http://tw8.us/qW.

Nedd added: "By making racial preferences a shortcut to federal funding, schools will reduce their quest for the best and turn it into a hunt for the right racial numbers. This, in the long run, will hurt the quality of our nation's health care. We need to stop the social experimentation and focus on cost and performance."

Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or [email protected], or visit Project 21's website at http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21Index.html.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:03 AM

A Travesty, In My Opinion

It seems the White House plans to re-write the health care bill after some version of it passes the House and Senate, then jam the re-written version through Congress before anyone in Congress -- or the public -- has a chance to see what's in it.

Is this the transparency candidate Obama promised?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:19 AM

Miscellaneous

The New York Times isn't buying everything Obama claimed at his press conference Wednesday.

Another hypocrite politician? Why, he's just like Al Gore.

Pay to play?

Paul Mirengoff says Walter Cronkite "didn't represent the victory of substance over style, but rather the victory of a style that implied substance over substance itself." I agree.

Hey Mr. President: Why no open meetings?

The CBO's integrity at risk?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:53 AM

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NAACP Endorsement of Climate Legislation Puts It at Odds With Views of Black Americans

Project 21 says the NAACP's apparent search for purpose is leading it down the wrong road:
NAACP Endorsement of Climate Legislation Puts It at Odds With Views of Black Americans

For Release: July 22, 2009
Contact: David Almasi at 202/543-4110 x11 or [email protected]


Struggling for purpose in light of the election of the first black president, the NAACP moves in the wrong direction, says a group of black conservatives, when it endorses a climate policy in tandem with the World Wildlife Federation that is opposed by a majority of black Americans.

"I'm all in favor of the nation's oldest civil rights group redefining its mission and agenda; however this indicates that the NAACP continues to struggle with current realities that face the nation's black communities by promoting policies they are opposed to," said Project 21’s Joe Hicks, who is also a PajamasTV commentator. "If this group simply wants to be defined as another left-wing organization touting the weak science on climate change, then it is destined to face ever-growing irrelevancy."

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli added: "It's outrageous for the NAACP to place liberal ideology over the welfare of the nation. By aligning with the environmental activist lobby, the NAACP is now an official member of 'Club Green' - the exclusive club of elites waging war against fossil fuels. Tragically, the cover charge for their membership - job losses, reduced standard of living and high energy costs - will be borne disproportionately by the very people the NAACP claims to represent."

The NAACP's zeal for regulation is opposed by most black Americans. A recent poll of 800 black Americans found 76 percent believe Congress should make economic recovery, not climate change, its top priority. 56 percent believe policymakers do not adequately consider the quality of life of black Americans when addressing climate policy. When asked how much they would pay for gas and electricity to reduce greenhouse emissions, 76 percent said they would be unwilling to pay more than $50 a year while 52 percent were unwilling to pay anything at all.

Hicks added: "The NAACP shows how out of touch it has become by advocating Obama Administration policies on so-called climate change that impact the very population that claim to represent - poor, black Americans. Adding an increased burden of higher coast for essential things like gasoline and electricity at a time of economic hardship demonstrates that they have no independent course of leadership, but instead is blindly following this administration's disastrous lead."

The survey was conducted by Wilson Research Strategies for The National Center for Public Policy Research, which sponsors Project 21, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%. It can be viewed at: http://www.nationalcenter.org/BlackOpinion.html.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:01 AM

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"It Will Destroy Health Care in This Nation"


Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a doctor in the real world, gives a good description of the majority's health care destruction bill in these comments delivered to his fellow members of the House Education and Labor Committee. Following Price's sharp exchange with Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA) over something Price says Speaker Pelosi said and Miller says she didn't, my favorite part is Price saying this: "You know what [the American people] will have access to? They have access to an opportunity to get in line. They'll be able to get in line."

Price also said, flatly, that the House Democrats' bill "will destroy health care in this nation."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:38 PM

Outrage of the Day: Congressional Leadership Blocks Debates

The House leadership is refusing to allow debates on controversial issues as Congress deals with spending bills this summer.

The effort is designed to help members of the majority party get re-elected by permitting them to fudge where they stand on issues on which their constituents are divided. In practice, however, it tends to make both Members of Congress (of both parties) and their constituents (of all political persuasions) angry and frustrated.

People like to be heard, even when their views don't prevail, and they are less likely to support people who make them mad. For the country's sake, as well as their own, this is a policy the House leadership should reconsider.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:12 AM

Monday, July 20, 2009

Outrage of the Day: Administration Considering Forcing Men Out of Science, Engineering and Math Classes

The Obama Administration is considering the possibility of applying Title IX of the Civil Rights Act to force colleges and universities to mandate that half of all students taking science, engineering, math and technology classes be female.

Since it is illegal to force women to take these classes, the most practical response to this mandate by colleges would be to limit male enrollment in these courses.

Title IX is the law under which numerous men's college sports programs were closed so that the number of women and men participating in college sports programs could be made equal.

An article in BusinessWeek in 2004, "America's Failure in Science Education" by William C. Symonds, says America already has a shortage of science and technology graduates and explains how this shortage hurts the nation.

I'd suggest that President Obama might want to read it, but as he said at a March 24, 2009 press conference that "if we're not making serious investments in science and technology and our infrastructure, then we won't grow 2.6 percent, we won't grow 2.2 percent. We won't grow," I guess he already knows.

Hat tips: Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Walter Olson on Overlawyered.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:24 AM

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Video of Project 21's Mychal Massie on the O'Reilly Factor


Here's a video of Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie (right), guest host Laura Ingraham and Mark Sawyer, Ph.D. of UCLA on Friday's Fox News O'Reilly Factor.

They discussed President Obama's speech at the NAACP convention (including the President's curiously changed accent) and Senator Barbara Boxer's patronizing comments this week to a witness from the Black Chamber of Commerce at a recent hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Mychal also mentioned the National Center for Public Policy Research's recent poll of African-Americans on cap and trade.

Hat tip to AmericasNewsToday1 for posting the video on YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:00 AM

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Outrage of the Day: Police Chief Calls Traffic Camera Monitoring "Cowardly"

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier called iPhone users who monitor the location of traffic cameras and speed traps "cowardly."

Chief Lanier appears to have totally forgotten the official purpose of the traffic cameras and speed traps, which is to get drivers to follow traffic regulations.

People who stick to the speed limit because their iPhone app told them a speed trap is coming up are not any less safe than people who stick to the speed limit because they see a police car on the shoulder.

In fact, they may be safer, as the pre-warned iPhone users probably don't suddenly hit the brakes as do so many drivers when they see a police car (even if they aren't speeding in the first place -- ever notice that?).

I'm an iPhone user who drives in D.C. I had no interest in getting this app until Chief Lanier made this comment. Now I intend to find out what it is called and get it just because she said this. Few things are more annoying than a public servant abusing citizens for exercising their constitutional rights (unless it is a public servant with the power to make arrests doing it).

I will toss the chief a bone, however: When I start routinely seeing police cars -- the ones that don't have their sirens on or show any sign that they are responding to an emergency -- routinely following the speed limits and other traffic rules, I'll delete the app.

Care to tell your own officers to slow down, Chief?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:31 AM

Friday, July 17, 2009

Project 21's Massie Critiques Obama NAACP Speech On Tonight's "O'Reilly Factor"

MMassieRoberts805b copy 1Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie is scheduled to appear on the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" program on Friday, July 17 at 8:00 PM eastern. Laura Ingraham is guest-hosting. Also on with Mychal will be Professor Mark Sawyer of UCLA.

Mychal has been invited to discuss President Obama's remarks last night to the NAACP convention in New York City. Along with praising the group on its centennial, Obama specifically promoted his vision for education reform.

Fellow Project 21 member Kevin Martin made the following remarks following the President's remarks to the NAACP:
President Obama may believe his speech before the bobbing heads of the NAACP won him some points in the black community, but the reality is that it is the past and present actions of elected officials such as Obama that are responsible for the current state of education in our community. Obama and his liberal allies on Capitol Hill have sought to crush any alternative to our failed public education system - such as public charter schools, vouchers and increased parental involvement - most likely because it would ultimately make the teacher unions and elected officials have to become more accountable.
Expect Mychal to echo Kevin's feelings as well as discuss how Obama's plan to institute new energy taxes is also against the best interests and will of black Americans.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 1:36 PM

Quote of the Day: Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) on Waxman-Markey from The Foundry

Looks like cap-and-trade's potential to create yet another wealth-killing bubble is receiving at least some attention from Senate Democrats.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:11 AM

Outrage of the Day: Congress Kills Jobs; Doesn't Care

Neither the left nor the right has reason to oppose reform of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, foolish legislation adopted last year with little thought to its ramifications, but Congress won't reform it, and Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continues to refuse to even hold hearings.

CPSIA reform wouldn't end the recession, but it would end some job losses at no greater cost than the passage of the bill. As Congress is going to pay itself anyway, why not?

Carter Wood of the Shopfloor.org blog more details in "CPSIA Update: Jobs Being Destroyed, Congress Looks Away," or visit my Outrage of the Day for March 16, "Waxman Drags Feet on Needed CPSIA Reform."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:04 AM

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CBO: No Savings in Democrats' Health Care Bills

The Congressional Budget Office said today taxpayers should expect no net savings if one of the health care plans being developed by House and Senate Democrats is adopted.

In a nutshell, CBO Director Doug Elmendorf says any savings the plans might deliver are offset by additional costs they impose.

President Obama, has, of course, been insistent that health care reform is necessary so cost savings can be achieved.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:16 PM

Speaking of the Government Letting People Die...

Speaking of the government letting people die, here's a story from Fox News last year about a 53-year-old cancer patient in Lane County, Oregon who wanted Oregon's public health plan to help him pay for chemotherapy.

Nothing doing, said Oregon, as the man's cancer was such that chemotherapy stood less than a 95 percent chance of guaranteeing the man would live an additional five years.

Two years or 4 years 11 months of life was not worth the cost of chemo to Oregon.

But don't think Oregon's government-run health plan lacked sympathy. It sent the man a letter offering to foot the bill for physician-assisted suicide.

And no, the letter was not a mistake. It was official policy.

Read "Oregon Offers Terminal Patients Doctor-Assisted Suicide Instead of Medical Care" by Dan Springer for the rest of the story.

Hat tip: Foster Friess.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:46 AM

Project 21's Borelli to Speak About Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing on Fox News Channel Monday

DBStrategyRoom021309.jpgProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli is scheduled to appear on the Fox News Channel's online "Strategy Room" program on Monday, July 20 between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM eastern.

Deneen expects to discuss the judicial confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor. Deneen wrote about the nomination, and Sotomayor's opinion on racial preferences, in a recent New Visions Commentary from Project 21.

In the commentary "Special Treatment and Sotomayor," Deneen wrote:
After all of the significant strides that have been made for equal opportunity over the years, one would think that winners and losers today would no longer be decided based on skin color...

...But America changed.

From the White House to the worlds of sports, entertainment and corporate America, most blacks have moved on and are taking advantage of opportunities and leading successful, productive lives...

...Fortunately, the Court's ruling on the Ricci case won't allow the clock to continually be turned backward. But based on comments made by the nominee, Sonya Sotomayor could reinvigorate racial preferences.

This disturbing possibility puts change at a crossroads.

In light of the Court's ruling in the Ricci case, Sotomayor's opinions should be closely scrutinized to determine her judicial philosophy.
To access the live Internet broadcast, click here and then click the "STREAM THIS NOW" headline in the center or the page under the photo.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 11:30 AM

House Health Care "Reform" Bill Bans Sale of Private Health Insurance Policies

Investor's Business Daily is reporting that page 16 of the House Majority's health care bill bans new health insurance policies from being sold after the bill becomes law.

The editorial says, in part:
It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised - with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers...

...It took just 16 pages of reading to find this naked attempt by the political powers to increase their reach. It's scary to think how many more breaches of liberty we'll come across in the final 1,002.
There's more in the editorial; for copyright reasons I could only excerpt it. Please go to Investor's Business Daily and read "It's Not An Option" immediately. Then ask your friends to do so.

This isn't merely a smoking gun showing the liberals are making a hard push now for socialized medicine, folks. This is a forest fire.

Addendum, 9:30 AM: A private source is telling me that, under the legislation, individual private insurance policies would still be permitted for sale through the government's insurance exchange, but the current system for the purchase and sale of health insurance would be shut down. So, as Matt Drudge would say, developing...

Addendum, 11:57 PM: More explanation here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:50 AM

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another Russian Rights Activist Killed

Another Russian human rights activist has been murdered.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:36 PM

The House Majority's Health Plan, Pictured

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and GOP members of Congress' Joint Economic Committee have released the following chart explaining how the House Majority's health care plan is structured.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:58 PM

The Government's Penalties for Success Are Running Into Its Subsidies for Failure

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) says today in an article by Matt Cover for CNSNews.com that small businesses don't make $280,000 a year, so new health care tax hikes at that level won't harm small business.

Oddly though -- as a commenter on the CNSNews.com website noted -- the Small Business Administration will provide financial assistance to firms making many times that.

If you manufacture cigarettes, for example, you are eligible for Small Business Administration assistance if you have a thousand employees. Setting aside the question of why Congress is subsidizing cigarette manufacturing while penalizing it with sin taxes, can we rationally assume a business with a thousand employees never clears $280,000 a year?

So we appear to have a case in which you are penalized for being rich at the same time you are subsidized for not being rich enough.

But there is a method to Congress' madness, says Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), as reported by Adam Brickley and Fadia Galindo for CNSNews.com. The Congressional majority's health care tax plan is designed to harm small businesses sufficiently to force them to cut their employees' health care benefits, thus forcing those employees onto the public health care plan.

So when it looks like Congress is taxing and subsidizing the same people in a completely nonsensical way, we can rest assured that there is a purpose behind it after all -- the purpose of driving as many of us as politically-possible into a substandard, inevitably insolvent public health care plan.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:36 PM

Have a Disabled Child? Mom Getting Forgetful? Expect ObamaCare to Let Them Die

Longtime conservative activist Foster Friess writes on his Campfire blog of Dr. Zeke Emanuel's plans to limit the health care expenses of "individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens..."

In other words, if you are getting old, or not all there mentally, bye bye to you if you need health services that cost money.

Is Dr. Emanuel some powerless nut? If only!

No, he's President Obama's Special Advisor for Health Policy, his brother is the White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel, and Dr. Emanuel laid out these views in the influential British medical journal The Lancet.

Have a severely disabled child? Mom getting forgetful? If this kind of thinking becomes policy (beware: it could), expect ObamaCare to let them die.

Addendum 7/22/09: Mark Tapscott and John Goodman see it the same way.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:22 AM

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rolling Stone: Cap and Trade is a Carbon Tax Structured So Private Interests Collect the Revenues

Tom Borelli of our Free Enterprise Project has repeatedly warned Americans that passage of cap-and-trade will lead to the creation of a new economic bubble (see here, here or here).

Now Rolling Stone magazine is getting into the act, and it's not pulling any punches.

A sample paragraph to whet your appetite:
...cap-and-trade, as envisioned by Goldman [Sachs], is really just a carbon tax structured so that private interests collect the revenues. Instead of simply imposing a fixed government levy on carbon pollution and forcing unclean energy producers to pay for the mess they make, cap-and-trade will allow a small tribe of greedy-as-hell Wall Street swine to turn yet another commodities market into a private tax collection scheme. This is worse than the bailout: It allows the bank to seize taxpayer money before it's even collected. [Emphasis in the original]

"If it's going to be a tax, I would prefer that Washington set the tax and collect it," says Michael Masters, the hedge fund director who spoke out against oil futures speculation. "But we're saying that Wall Street can set the tax, and Wall Street can collect the tax. That's the last thing in the world I want. It's just asinine."
Read Rolling Stone's "The Great American Bubble Machine" by Matt Taibbi for the rest of the story.

We've said all along that if you actually believe human beings are causing dangerous global warming, and you honestly believe that this global warming must be fought by suppressing energy use, the only approach that has any hope of not being corrupt is increasing energy taxes. We do oppose increasing energy taxes, but would prefer that by far to cap-and-trade.

I did not expect to see this sentiment in Rolling Stone, but we welcome it to the club.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:17 PM

Did Sonia Sotomayor Lie Today?

John Hinderaker thinks she may have.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:34 PM

Monday, July 13, 2009

Video of Tom Borelli on Obama's Corporatism Strategy on Glenn Beck

Here's the video of Monday's broadcast of the Glenn Beck Show on the Fox News channel in which Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project and Wall Street analyst/Fox Business News commentator Charles Payne talk about GE's quasi-merger with the Obama Administration, GE's hiring of Linda Daschle as a lobbyist, the recent appointment of a GE executive to a top Obama Administration post at the EPA and how, as Glenn Beck put it in the segment, "the little guy gets screwed."

Hat tip to America's News Today for putting the video on YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:10 PM

Tom Borelli to be on Glenn Beck Today


I've just received word that Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, will be a guest on Glenn Beck's Fox TV show today.

The video above is from Tom's last appearance, on July 1. In it, Tom and David Kreutzer of the Heritage Foundation discuss cap and trade, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, corporations doing the bidding of the left and the use of last minute amendments filled with payoffs to get the the Waxman-Markey global warming legislation approved by the House.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:42 PM

Honduras Situation Not a Coup

Miguel A. Estrada, a native of Honduras and a man far more qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court than the lady whose confirmation for it starts today, explains why what happened in Honduras is not a coup.

Hat tip: Jonathan Adler on The Volokh Conspiracy.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:09 AM

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A "Right" to an Enjoyable What?????

Britain's government-run health care system, known as the NHS, just spent six million pounds (almost ten million U.S. dollars) on an initiative to reduce teen pregnancies, with the result that young women who participated were more than twice as likely to get pregnant.

The NHS is also telling young people they have, as the Daily Mail put it, "a 'right' to an enjoyable sex life."

Maybe it's just me, but I think there may be a connection.

It's a good thing Britain doesn't have a written constitution, because it would have been really tough for them to get that "right to a good sex life" thing worded properly.

One wonders what Prince Albert would have thought.

What would it have been like had James Madison gotten that "right" into the Bill of Rights? Why, instead of resigning from public office after being caught employing members of the oldest profession, a certain long-time New York state attorney general likely would have been prosecuting Wall Street firms for not employing these professionals for the benefit of their employees.

There's more in the Daily Mail story that I'm not publishing here. Too racy for this blog. Click the link if you are interested and at least old enough for R-rated movies.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 4:15 PM

Friday, July 10, 2009

Outrage of the Day: Obama's Unkept Tax Promise

Although I don't endorse every sentiment in every sentence of this Associated Press article "PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama's Unkept Tax Pledge" by Stephen Ohlemacher, it's well worth reading.

The piece begins:
President Barack Obama promised to fix health care and trim the federal budget deficit, all without raising taxes on anyone but the wealthiest Americans. It's a promise he's already broken and will likely have to break again.

Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress have already increased tobacco taxes - which disproportionately hit the poor - to pay for extending health coverage to 4 million children in working low-income families.

Now, lawmakers are looking for more revenues to help pay for providing medical insurance to millions more who lack it at a projected cost of $1 trillion over the next decade.

The floated proposals include increasing taxes on alcohol, which could raise $62 billion over the next decade, and a new tax on sugary drinks such as soda, which could raise $52 billion...
I recommend reading the whole thing.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:04 AM

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Carol Browner's Hijinks: They Call This Open Government?

Mark Tapscott is on the case of White House "climate czar" Carol Browner, who appears to be continuing her wily Clinton Administration pattern of dodging and weaving whenever legal niceties interfere with her left-wing agenda.

As Mark writes in his piece entitled "'Put Nothing In Writing,' Browner Told Auto Execs on Secret White House CAFE Talks; Sensenbrenner Wants Investigation":
Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs "to put nothing in writing, ever" regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a congressional investigation of Browner's conduct in the CAFE talks, saying in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, that Browner "intended to leave little or no documentation of the deliberations that lead to stringent new CAFE standards."

Federal law requires officials to preserve documents concerning significant policy decisions, so instructing participants in a policy negotation concerning a major federal policy change could be viewed as a criminal act...
Browner should answer these charges and very specifically, too, but President Obama must be held to account as well. It's not as though he didn't know what he was getting when he appointed Browner. As my husband David Ridenour pointed out in an op-ed published around the U.S. early this year, when Browner was head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration, it made a practice of skirting the law.

David wrote, in part:
Throughout [Carol Browner's] years as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton administration, EPA officials routinely violated the Anti-Lobbying Act - a law prohibiting federal employees from using agency money for 'telephone, letter, printed or written matter, or other device intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress.'

In 1995, the EPA flagrantly violated that law when it lobbied against the Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act, a bill that would have curbed some of the EPA's worst abuses.

As James Hinchman, comptroller general of the United States, noted, EPA officials 'distributed EPA fact sheets to various organizations' and 'directly lobbied the Congress.' Not only that, but an EPA regional administrator wrote a strong op-ed designed to stop the bill's passage.

Four years later, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., accused the EPA of violating the Anti-Lobbying Act again. Byrd - who has made a career of steering pork to his state - complained that the EPA's Transportation Partners Program was coordinating and funding anti-road lobbyists against the law and his state's interests. Browner was forced to terminate the program.
The following year, Browner was at it yet again. This time, her agency was accused of allowing special interests to improperly influence last-minute - so-called midnight - environmental regulations.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the EPA to preserve communications with such groups. Instead, Browner had her computer hard drive re-initialized, wiping it clean. Lamberth then held the EPA in contempt for 'contumacious conduct.'
As little respect as she's shown for the law, Browner has shown even less for science. During her years at the EPA, agency scientists who didn't toe the party line were subjected to relentless harassment.

David Lewis, an EPA Science Achievement Award recipient, publicly criticized the quality of science used in crafting regulations. In response, the EPA charged Lewis with ethics violations and repeatedly denied him promotion. Although he won whistle-blower judgments against the EPA, he was eventually forced into retirement.
I recommend reading both Mark's full editorial on Browner's CAFE shenanigans and David's full op-ed on Carol Browner's ideology and ethics, as well as a second commentary by Mark, "Browner Has History of Deceit on Government Files" in today's Washington Examiner.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:47 AM

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Obama's Risky Energy Policy

National Center Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen has an op-ed running in newspapers nationwide saying President Obama is playing "Russian roulette" with our energy future.

The piece begins:
President Barack Obama is playing Russian roulette with America's quest for energy independence by rushing to replace fossil fuels with unreliable and expensive renewable energy.

The global balance of power is already shifting away from the United States toward China and Russia in the critical area of strategic natural resources...
You can read the full piece on the website of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, which distributed the piece nationally, on the Baltimore Sun website, or find it elsewhere via search engines.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:41 AM

It's Even Worse When It's The Majority Leader

It is not a very good thing when a Congressman laughs at the notion that Congressmen should read the text of legislation before voting on it.

CNSNews.com's Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby report today that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer actually laughed when asked by CNSNews.com if Members of Congress should read a government health care "reform" bill before voting on it.

"If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn't read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes," Hoyer told CNSNews.com.

If the bill is so unimportant it's not worth the trouble to read (by people who are paid well to read it, no less!), maybe we should just do without.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:31 AM

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

If The Average of 25 and 75 Is 50, Does That Make Us All Middle-Aged?'

Would you buy a used climate model from a man who could say this?
The average age of scientists in the space center control room was 26, which means they were 18 when they heard President Kennedy say he wanted to put a man on the Moon in ten years.
P.S. The high temperature yesterday in the Oxford, England area, where Al Gore spoke, was 64 degrees F. According to weather.com, the average high for that date is 8 degrees F higher.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:41 PM

Russia and America's Energy Future


In light of President Obama's trip to Russia, National Center for Public Policy Research Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen and Dow Jones Newswire Journalist Alexander Kolyandr discussed Russia's energy resources and U.S. energy policy on the Fox Business Channel this morning.

Among other things, Bonner addressed the conundrum that Russia has extensive oil resources that are difficult to get to, while U.S. oil companies have the technology to get to it. Yet Russia's legal structure is, as Bonner put it, a "kleptocracy," which makes it difficult for any U.S. company to do business there.

Bonner also discussed the limitations of the Obama Administration's reliance on renewable fuels.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:24 AM

Monday, July 06, 2009

Quote of Note: Big Government's Ultimate Impact

"A society of children cannot survive, no matter how all-embracing the government nanny."

-Mark Steyn, "Being Taken Care of Weakens Us," Washington Times, June 15, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 5:20 AM

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Honduras

If you're looking for a quick summary of what the issues are regarding the ousted Honduran president, this recap by Hans Bader will suite your purposes well.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:56 PM

Photos of the Washington DC Tea Party

Continuing my post about the Tea Parties in New York City and Washington, D.C. attended by National Center staff, here are photos of the July 4 Tea Party in Washington.

I estimate approximately 4,000 people attended the Tea Party in Washington D.C.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 12:38 AM

National Center Staff Engages in Tea Party-Mania

A second round of "tea parties" took place across America this week. According to one organizer's web site, there were almost 1,500 scheduled events across America to protest the unabated growth of government, particularly since Obama took office.

On July 1, Project 21 fellow Deneen Borelli and her husband - National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli - attended the tea party in Times Square in New York City.

On July 4, National Center executive director David W. Almasi and his wife Nancy attended the tea party in Washington just steps from the Capitol.

Below are some photos from the New York City tea party. The next post will contain photos from the Washington D.C. tea party.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 12:18 AM

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Something Odd to Be Grateful For

Next time you are having a bad day, you can console yourself that at least you're not naked in public with a clothes dryer on your head.

(Assuming you're not.)

Dave Chapman of New Zealand learned to appreciate this the hard way.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:00 AM

Friday, July 03, 2009

Climate Policy: No Gain, No Pain

Thanks to a head's up from Climate Depot, I read with interest the following on the weakness of the computer models used to predict climate from the Britsh Number Watch website:
Most computer models are nonsense. This does not include those used by engineers in designing airplanes, bridges etc., which are based on detailed experiments on the systems involved and tested in a variety of real conditions before being used.

The reason they are nonsense is that they tend to be based on guesses of the value of coefficients assumed, particularly and disastrously feedback coefficients. There are few, however, that are quite as bad as climate models, where the physics of the interactions between variables and parameters is virtually unknown to mankind.

...Imagine you settled down in your seat in a jumbo jet and noticed a plaque on the back of the seat in front which reads 'This machine was designed with the aid of a super-computer. We did not know the values of all the parameters, so had to guess most of them.' You would get off in a hurry. Yet the world's political and media establishment are asking you to gamble the economic future of yourself and your descendants on just such a proposition.
Yes, that really is what the global warming debate comes down to. Shall we believe computer models that are at best based on educated guesses (and which disagree with one another), and enact policies that significantly harm the economy based upon them, even knowing that the policies themselves wouldn't affect the climate noticeably?

I say no; it's wrong to hurt people based on a theory you have no idea is correct, especially if you know the solution won't fix the problem even if your theory IS correct.

You've heard of "no pain, no gain" with regard to weight training? The cap-and-trade climate debate is the reverse: "no gain, no pain." That is, as there isn't going to be any noticeable gain from Waxman-Markey and its ilk, why inflict the pain?

Hat tip: Climate Depot.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:43 AM

Quote of Note: Do We Now Need Government for Big Ticket Items?

"Health is potentially a big-ticket item, but so is a house and a car, and most folks manage to handle those without a Government Accommodation Plan or a Government Motor Vehicles System -- or, at any rate, they did in pre-bailout America."

-Mark Steyn, "Being Taken Care of Weakens Us," Washington Times, June 15, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:01 AM

Thursday, July 02, 2009

National Center's Tom Borelli Discusses Cap-and-Trade on Glenn Beck


In case you missed it, here's the segment of Glenn Beck's Fox TV show from Wednesday night featuring Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research and David Kreutzer of the Heritage Foundation.

The topic is cap and trade, USCAP, corporations doing the bidding of the left, the Waxman-Markey global warming bill and the use of last minute amendments filled with goodies (amendments Congress wasn't given time to read, of course) by the House leadership to get the legislation approved by the House.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:11 AM

Naughty Conservatives Shouldn't Mind Votes for Waxman-Markey (Or So We're Told)

In an error-riddled column posted Wednesday on TownHall.com, the supposedly conservative Michael Gerson has a novel take on the Republican Congressmen who voted for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill: He blames conservatives for minding.

One of his reasons: "It is typical that we praise independent judgment and political nerve in our elected officials -- until they actually show those qualities."

If any conservatives and/or others dedicated to limiting government called on our elected representatives to show "independent judgement and political nerve" in service of anything other than principle, they were wrong to do so.

Gerson doesn't quote anybody, though, and I can see why: There are a lot more quotes available of conservatives calling upon their elected representatives to govern conservatively.

Gerson's try to tar the conservative movement with a hypocrisy tag doesn't work.

Gerson is honest, though, in saying he likes the bill (I find it difficult to believe this man is a conservative).

He likes it because, he says, the global warming theory is the dominant view of the "scientific community" (a brush broad enough to include gynecologists), because "some scientists" warn of "possible 'tipping points'," and because, supposedly, mankind's carbon dioxide emissions have reduced crop yields and driven some species to extinction. How he could possibly know this is not mentioned, possibly because what he claims is beyond the current ability of modern science to prove or disprove.

Gerson says "global warming since the 19th century is undeniable," which is another way of saying the planet warmed as the Little Ice Age ended, though Gerson does not mention that there even was a Little Ice Age (and before it, warmer temperatures, though no SUVs).

Gerson doesn't mention, either, that if concern for crop yields is paramount, a little more CO2 in the atmosphere might be just the thing.

And then there's his comment that warming since the end of the Little Ice Age is "closely correlated with increases in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide," which by itself would prove nothing if it were true, but it isn't.

There's more, such as Gerson's ludicrious comment that in failing to appreciate cap-and-trade, "conservatives seem strangely intent on ignoring the power of markets to encourage... innovation," as if Waxman-Markey had anything whatsoever to do with free markets (oops, Gerson left the word "free" out, so there goes the innovation).

I could go on, but there's really no need. I linked to the version of this column on TownHall with comments. The column is impossible to appreciate, but some of the comments are superlative.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:16 AM

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

We're Not Traitors, But Is Paul Krugman?

Many readers will be aware that New York Times opinion writer Paul Krugman wrote in his Monday column that individuals who did not support the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill when it came up in the House for a vote last Friday are guilty of "a form of treason" against the planet.

A thought experiment: If two doctors were to disagree on a patient's diagnosis, and Krugman agreed with one of them, would the one Krugman disagrees with be guilty of a form of treason?

Even that analogy is too generous to Krugman, as doctors take an oath to (essentially) be loyal to their patients' welfare, but it is not at all common for people with opinions (of any kind) on cap-and-trade or even global warming to first take an oath of loyalty to the planet.

What many of us have done is take oaths of loyalty to the United States. The Waxman-Markey bill would ship American jobs overseas, raise energy prices, shovel money to special interests corruptly, drag down economic growth and impose regressive regulatory taxes on consumers. It would not have a measurable effect on temperature. As it does bad without doing good, the Waxman-Markey bill is bad for the United States of America.

Thus, by Paul Krugman's definition, anyone who supports Waxman-Markey is guilty of "a form of treason" against the United States.

Fortunately for Krugman, his definition of treason is even more silly than it is offensive, which is saying a great deal.

P.S. Climate Skeptic has very good commentary about Krugman's treason charge, going into different areas than I did. (I read it after seeing a link on Coyote Blog.) Interesting that neither Krugman nor his editors knew that you can't write "degrees" with meaning without specifying the temperature scale being used.


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