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Mr. Tough Guy

Neckdate:

Uh… oh damn this hurts today.  Both sides are playing together to make me damned miserable.  Somebody stuck a prybar in the side of my neck and has me pinned to the wall (figuratively).  I am SO glad I asked for increased pain meds this time.

Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks.  Nominally, two more weeks… say it often enough it becomes true, right?  That’s what the dems are doing with health care.

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Not saying that all Wal-Mart customers are of this stripe, but I am saying that the concentration sure seems higher than elsewhere, like say… Nordstrom’s.

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Update:  Unionization of health care will help matters immensely.  Not.

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Obama spoke to congress tonight.

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.

Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.

Calling out on misrepresenting is fine.  Expect it to be done to you in return, Obama.

If we do nothing the deficit will grow?  Let me throw up a quote from yesterday:

Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral?  – Camille Paglia

More families will go bankrupt?  More businesses will close?  More businesses will close if you raise taxes on them to pay for this boondoggle, which we shall call it Medicare-Supersize.

In what universe is my quality of health care and the level of my taxes subordinated to bankruptcy for others when life deals them a harsh hand?

Seriously.  Nowhere is the Constitution set up to avert bankruptcy for individuals (based on arbitrary value systems) by  taking money from people and giving it to the individual in need.

Obama played the fear card:

President Barack Obama Wednesday demanded Congress act now on health reform, warning more Americans would die if Washington again does nothing to expand care and cut the costs of insurance.

And more:

Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise.” Obama said he will not “waste time” with those groups

Huh.  People disagreeing is now scare tactics and while he wants honest debate he says he won’t waste time with those people.  And hit back twice as hard.  Nice, if you are a gangsta.  I wonder if he’s been taking lessons from Detroit’s Kwame Kilpatrick?

Walter Williams had a great op/ed on costs vs. benefits.

How about the idea that if it saves just one life it’s worth it? That’s one of the stated justifications for government mandates for childproof medicine bottles, gun locks, bike helmets and all sorts of warning labels. No doubt there’s a benefit to these government mandates, but if we only look at benefits, we’ll do darn near anything because there’s always a benefit to any action. (Williams)

Obama makes a statement that is emotionally charged and loaded.  It’s not a viable argument, however.  How could you argue that pursuing a certain course of action is the right thing to do if people will die? The answer is you couldn’t if you refuse to look at anything other than the simplistic Pollyanna version of reality that says “if we save lives we should do it”.

For example, why not have a congressionally mandated 5 miles per hour highway speed limit? According to the U.S. Transportation Department, there were 43,220 highway fatalities in 2003, with an estimated cost of $230 billion.

A 5 mph speed limit would have spared our nation this loss of life and billions of dollars. You say, “Williams, that’s preposterous!” You’re right. Most people would agree a 5 mph speed limit is stupid, impractical and insane. That’s one way of putting it, but what they really mean is: Avoiding 43,220 highway deaths and the $230 billion by a 5 mph speed limit isn’t worth all the inconvenience, delays and misery.  (Williams)

I argue that insuring people at the cost of other’s quality of care, at the cost of trillions of dollars, and a raft of unintended consequences that can’t even be foreseen at this point in the liberal mind’s ill-thought-out vision of utopia is not worth the cost – not when so many people who already pay into the system are supporting their own health care at adequate levels.

If you still think socialized health care is the only solution, let me know.  Then we can also ask that the speed limit be dropped to 5mph, because that’s the cost of saving lives.

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