davidl on April 11th, 2010

United Airlines – 1: Terrorist – 0, United Airlines shows the intestinal fortitude so lacking among the Obami, from Associated Press: DENVER—A Qatari diplomat who created a bomb scare mid-flight earlier this week tried boarding the same airline for his return flight to Washington. United Airlines said, “No.” United spokesman Mike Trevino says they banned […]

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Eric Florack on April 2nd, 2010

Passed along by a reader, in my feedback this morning: For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.  Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from […]

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davidl on April 1st, 2010

The democrats are party of cowards, from John Koziol, Citizen of Loconia: The scheduled appearance of 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter at a “town hall” meeting at Laconia City Hall on Thursday is shaping up to be an interesting affair with critics of her vote in favor of health care reform blasting her for holding […]

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davidl on March 25th, 2010

Bart even more Stup(id)ak than thought, from Fox News: President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort. A White House official […]

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davidl on March 22nd, 2010

In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix – our health care system. Somewhere along the way we forgot that health care reform is about doctors and patients, not the IRS and politicians. Sarah Palin, via Jack Fowler, National Review.

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davidl on March 21st, 2010

Thousands fo peaceful protests demonstrated in the Capital yesterday to protest Obama Care.   So what doesthe  leftosphere complain about? From Stink Progress: Tea Party activists have gathered on Capitol Hill today for a “Code Red” rally against health care reform. Speakers at the event included Republican Reps. Steve King (IA), Michele Bachmann (MN), and Mike […]

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davidl on March 21st, 2010

The end of Hope as we know it, Benjamin Domenech, CBS News: Over the past week, in backroom conversations with members of Congress, Obama changed his negotiation tone from demanding to desperate. He told progressives that the outcome of the rest of his term depended on what happened on health care, and a member of […]

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davidl on March 17th, 2010

Forcing 31 million people to buy a product they don’t want and can’t afford to use does not constitute health care reform. Once again, the poor get used as human shields so corporations can be the beneficiaries of massive government bailout Jane Hamsher, via William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection.

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Eric Florack on March 13th, 2010

Jennifer Rubin over at Commentary, this morning, casts into words a lot of folks have already noticed: Obama seems not to respect his fellow citizens — the uninformed rubes who crashed the health-care town halls — nor care what they think. All his energy now is devoted to disregarding their strong aversion to his idea of […]

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davidl on March 10th, 2010

Fred Phelps and Phree Speech, ok Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church are loud vulgar, but political, bunch.   But if the First Amendment does not protect loud and vulgar political speech, what good is it.   From, Chris Weigant, Puffington Post: As for the hate-filled speech Phelps offers up, unless the courts decide that it […]

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davidl on January 22nd, 2010

Ben Claw, Talking Points Memo, sums up Barack Obama year, 2009, on healtcare: Well folks, it’s been one year since President Barack Obama took office. And he spent a lot of that year working on health care reform. Correction Ben,  Obama did not spend a lot time in Aught Nine working on health care, he […]

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Eric Florack on January 22nd, 2010

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere… The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble IDIOCY SQUARED: I mentioned in last night’s Ramble that the Democrats are busy avoiding the real issue… and used that blithering moron Krugman as the example target. : But even Krugman can’t bring himself to admit the […]

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Eric Florack on January 8th, 2010

Welcome, one and all to the most INTENSE nightly read anywhere on the ‘sphere…. The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble SO PEOPLE TALKING UP OBAMACARE TOOK MONEY FROM ADMINISTRATION? So reports Megan McArdle, though frankly it should shock nobody: MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has become the go-to economist for fans of the health care reform wending its […]

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on December 23rd, 2009

healthcare-reformWe are going to try and keep it simple on this one.

The bill stinks.

Put aside the fact that it expands Medicare.

Put aside the fact that it establishes coverage mandates (you will be forced to buy health insurance somehow).

Put aside the fact that it is a colossal power grab for an industry that has been well managed by the states for a long time.

Put aside the fact that it will increase taxes.

Put aside the fact that it will dramatically increase the cost of insurance for everyone (and they sold this to us originally as being needed to stop the soaring cost of insurance!).

Put aside the fact that it will wreak havoc on the tax code, balloon the size of the IRS and increase the size of corporate tax management teams (which will increase consumer costs in all industries).

Put aside the fact that this bill is overloaded with earmarks… in a bill that was intended to bring equality in health care.

Put aside all of those issues and focus on the one true deception that will be broadcast throughout the weekend and coming weeks: that the Congressional Budget Office has determined that the bill will have a reducing impact the deficit.

The lie here is that although the Federal deficit will […]

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Today will be the third (and final) week sitting in for Tim Albrecht at The Bean Walker Live on Des Moines Local Live/Mac’s World Live.  I have a number of interesting topics to share today, including the news about the possible Democratic opponent to Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Attorney General’s plans for staff cuts, oddities, and of course we’ll talk about Health Care Reform.

I’m hoping to have a local heart surgeon join us to discuss some of the costs embedded in the current system, and talk about ways we can address those costs.

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