Important Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

“Dear Patient: Section 1311 of the new health care legislation gives the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and her appointees the power to establish care guidelines that your doctor must abide by or face penalties and fines. In making doctors answerable in the federal bureaucracy this bill effectively makes them government employees and means that you and your doctor are no longer in charge of your health care decisions. This new law politicizes medicine and in my opinion destroys the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship that makes the American health care system the best in the world.”

More reasons here.

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Jim Glassman: The Failure of the Liberal Economic Experiment?

When the financial meltdown occurred, it seemed almost certain that Americans would judge that the conservative economic experiment of 1981-2008 had failed. Instead, they seem to be leaning in the opposite direction—toward a conclusion that it was the liberal economic experiment of 2009-10 that has failed.

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Really?  Maybe on macroeconomic grounds, but on the question of economic central planning they’re way out front. First of all, have any regulatory agencies been eliminated lately? How are they going to be eliminated? How about those farm subsidies? Next, how about Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security? From USA Today via CFG, one in six Americans are dependent on government handouts.  Or, the whole notion that politicians can flip a few policy levers to make us run faster for the collective economic good?

Obama Health Secretary: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Reeducation to Do’

In an interview before the latest Kaiser results were released, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told ABC News that the sustained opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts has mainly been a function of “misinformation.”

“Unfortunately there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio on Monday.

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Glenn Reynolds reminds us of reeducation camps, which was “the official title given to the prison camps operated by the government of Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War.”  Creepy.

If Obama Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants reeducation, well, here is the music to greet the citizenry at the camps: the Who’s We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Hand Rolled Cigars in Port Jefferson, NY

Cigar shop owner Julio Polanco, a native of the Dominican Republic, came to America in 1982. The 43-year-old business owner said he learned to roll cigars when he was 12 as part of an age-old family tradition.

Mr. Polanco opened his smoke shop with his wife, Carmen, six years ago and said that business is blazing. Employing members of his family to roll the handmade cigars and help run the shop, Mr. Polanco and his crew can crank out as many as 600 quality cigars a week.

A peaceful, consensual, enjoyable experience.  Sorry to be cynical, but some busybody will put an end to it.

Gene Healy At the Beck Rally

Unfortunately, judging by the rise of “Christian nation” rhetoric among Tea Party figures, that’s starting to change.
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And that’s neither here nor there. “Creeping secularism” and insensitively situated mosques aren’t what plagues us — it’s a deluge of red ink falling on the just and the unjust alike.

Renewed faith may save your soul, but it won’t save us from our looming fiscal apocalypse. For that, we need energized citizens who keep their eye on the ball.

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Regulatory Onslaught Continues

The regulatory onslaught continues.

WASHINGTON—The government proposed labeling each new passenger vehicle with a letter grade from A to D based on its fuel efficiency and emissions, part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to promote electric cars and other advanced-technology vehicles.

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Regulators’ appetite for calorie counts is about to extend beyond restaurants to thousands of other places that offer food, including airplanes, movie theaters and convenience stores.

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If you read the articles you might be persuaded by the arguments of the advocates. They seem reasonable; they say things like it’s a powerful tool in fighting the obesity epidemic”, and “Everybody’s going to be a little bit better informed, and that’s a good thing. . .”

The big picture is that these regulations are part of a larger plan to control all aspects of society through a permanent government bureaucracy.  You will have fewer choices as a consumer, an employee, an owner.  Don’t like your choice of salad dressings at the local supermarket, well that’s tough.  The FDA says the ones you see on the shelf are the only ones that can be sold.  After all, it’s for your own good.