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Dr. Emanuel, a bioethicist, believes that doctors and hospitals should apply a rationing scheme he calls “complete life” for such medical services as ICU beds, heart transplants and vaccines during a flu pandemic. Under this scheme, adolescents and young adults would get priority over infants and the elderly, because “they have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants — have not yet received these investments.”

I have heard any number of advocates and apologists for health care reform, and they flatly deny that there is any wording that supports “death panels”.  They mock such concerns and dismiss them.

But here is the thing… when making a law or institution, the original  intent will not matter at a later date in the real world… you should always assume that the worst possible outcome allowed by the letter of the law (or the lack thereof) will be used and come to pass.

How else would we get a “living constitution,” or the idea that the 2nd amendment is acceptable some times but not others, or that separation of church and state means that a prayer/observance/motto/relic/book cannot be given a place in a public building?

Here’s an example, many thanks to Sarah Palin:

Palin can also put another notch on her belt when it comes to influencing health care “reform” — the Senate will drop language “encouraging” doctors to initiate conversations with patients about hospice and palliative end-of-life care from its bill, The Boston Globe reports:

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate Finance Committee’s top Republican and one of six committee members trying to hash out a bipartisan bill, said yesterday that the provision could be misinterpreted and that it will not be contained in the committee’s proposed legislation. ..

“Could be misinterpreted?”  No, try “Will be misinterpreted.”

Moving on…

Palin was hardly the only one to look at the House bill and realize its implications. In a commentary posted on The Daily Beast, “thinker” Lee Siegel — who believes “the absence of universal health care is America’s burning shame” — calls rationing end-of-life care “morally revolting”:

Determining which treatments are “cost effective” at the end of a person’s life and which are not is one of Obama’s priorities. It’s one of the principal ways he counts on saving money and making universal health care affordable.

This is the Big Brother nightmare of oppressive government that the shrewd propagandists on the right are always blathering on about. Except that this time, they could not be more right. …

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We’ve known that our social programs have been in dire straits for a while now.

Spencer Bachus – SS could be in default in 2 years.

If we add noises of concern about Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals we see a pattern, a common thread.

Guess what?  Large government programs do not work.

Let’s add health care!  It’s proven that we can give poor-to-mediocre care to veterans, so let’s give that same caring to everyone!

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Sent to me, don't know the source. Anyone cares to claim it I'll gladly shout your name to the rooftops. This is funny!

Watch for the Obamessaiah to explain away his flip-flops as being the product of a passionate and emotional… feeling… and that we should judge him (and give him a pass) on his caring and compassion.

Whinging by the dems:

“We were forced into this by Republicans,” one official said.

Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, said blaming the GOP is “laughable.”

“Apparently having a filibuster-proof majority, a 40-seat advantage in the House, and a president who was once really popular isn’t enough,” Spain said in a statement. “Maybe if people actually liked the bill, Democrats’ wouldn’t have such a tough time whipping up bipartisan votes, much less vulnerable Democrats within their own party.”

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The Online Times, Britain’s answer to Pravda, has published a fantastic read on the nuclear airplane.

Ian Poll, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield university, and head of technology for the Government-funded Omega project, is calling for a big research programme to help the aviation industry convert from fossil fuels to nuclear energy.

Note:  I feel compelled to point out that when I did a Google on Omega Project it came back with a link, that as far as I can tell after extensive browsing, has absolutely nothing to do with airplanes or nukes.  Ahem.  Check your sources, Times!  Also note that my use of the word “fantastic” above does not mean “great”.  It means “entirely based on fantasy”.

Their answer to high-velocity impacts of the reactor in the event of “an incident” is to jettison them gently where they will waft peacefully to the ground with a bump so light as to not wake up a sleeping babe.

Apparently the Times, like Pravda, also means never having to say you faced reality.

Professor Poll, obviously a globular worming alarmist:

In the worst-case scenario, if the armour plating around the reactor was pierced there would be a risk of radioactive contamination over a few square miles.

Quite acceptable risk if you aren’t the poor SOB whose home was in one of those few square miles.

Now, moving on…

Have a heart!  Two little motors.  Two little single-point failures acting serially.  You wouldn’t allow this on your space shuttle would you?  Well, I guess you do, but it wouldn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy-like if my life depended upon it.  Face it, if an artificial heart fails, CPR won’t work because the damn thing won’t compress.

I suppose though, that by the time you are faced with using one of these devices… you’re pretty much out of options.    So while I knock the idea a bit, I have to say that the effort is worthwhile – very much so – and I hope they succeed in a solution that works and is highly reliable.  Robocop, here we come.

Or Lego Heart, here we come.  Go check out Vanessa Ruiz’s entry on this (the link to the left).  Pretty cool.

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Hey.  Do you feel better now?  Nancy Pelosi says “Don’t be afraid of Democrat control”.  No, you shouldn’t fear a filibuster-proof democratic control of house/senate and a democratic president.  And no, the fact that Obama is the most liberal Senator we have, that shouldn’t worry you either.

Unless you don’t give a rat’s ass about anything conservative whatsoever and hate your current way of life.  Spread that wealth around, baby!  It’s only fair, right?

Do like the cartoon showed a week or so ago… When your kid goes trick-or-treating this coming Friday night, grab their candy at the end, pull out a third of it and tell them “we’re giving it to other kids, and yeah some of them made bad choices and watched TV instead of trick-or-treating, some got sick and couldn’t go, and some of them don’t even celebrate Halloween, and some of them are counting on you to do the work so they can get their cut out of what you do without exertion, and you should just quit whining because you should share the results of your efforts”.

So if you can say all that with a straight face to your kid, then go right ahead and vote Democrat all the way down the line.  You socialist, you.

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