Vast Right-Wing Conspriacy

September 28, 2009

Read me!

Now, I have to ask…If Democrats control the House, the Senate, and 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Then how can there still be a “vast” right-wing conspiracy?

Emphasis on the vast.  I won’t try and pretend like there isn’t a right-wing conspiracy against Democrats, but its probably about as vast as the left-wing conspiracies against Bush and the Republicans.

I think it is a tragic case of confusion when parties and leaders OF BOTH PARTIES blame partisan conflict for the unpopularity of their programs.  I believe it is an example of elected officials assuming a mandate which doesn’t exist, and reacting negatively when public opinion is not what they think it “should” be.

In the end, it makes Clinton look a bit foolish and contradictory, because if the conspiracy is vast enough to derail Obama’s agenda…then doesn’t it stand to reason that the Democrats are in for a tough run in 2010?


Van Jones pt. 2

September 6, 2009

Van Jones resigns!!

Van Jones pt. 1

September 6, 2009

Obama’s Green Jobs Czar telling Obama’s base how Washington politics really work.  Im interested in knowing just what “a little uppity” means…

French Socialized Health Care Struggles

August 11, 2009

France is experiencing problems with its government run health care program. Similar problems may plague a US system if Obama’s health care reform plans are passed

Working Backwards

August 11, 2009

This story discusses the challenges faced by Britain’s pension fund.  Increased life expectancy and the over regulation of private pension plans means fewer Britons will be receiving pension funds.

Britain’s situation is similar to that of the United States Social Security program which is expected to go bankrupt within 50 years.

America would be wise to look at the problems faced by European social democracies when crafting social policy in the US.

Financial Regulation

August 11, 2009

The Obama administration, and some sections of the public, have an obsession with regulating the financial world. Their desire to do this stems from the belief that it is the financial industry which holds the blame for “creating” this recession through its boundless greed. To people like these Wall Street is home to wizards and magicians who watch trend lines and grow money. Finance is a complex industry, its fast moving, uses a different language, and is often seen as a lecherous career path in which greed rules the day. This last assumption is particularly worrisome, because few pay attention to the necessity of stock and bond trading or its impact on the macro economy.

I believe it was villain Carmine Falconi in Batman who said “you always fear what you don’t understand.” No where is this more true than in finance. What do you do with things you don’t understand, what do you do with things you fear? Well, you try to get rid of them. The public wants to regulate Wall Street because they want the risk of trading removed. They want their cake and to eat it too. They want the perceived easy profits and glamour with out the risk of loss and ruin. Government liberals want to regulate Wall Street because they believe it is the epitome of corporate greed, a shadowy black world where traders make huge profits at the expense of the common worker.

The market shouldn’t be totally void of regulations, it is my belief that the government exists to protect life, liberty, and property, and certainly the government has a role in preventing fraud and abuse, but shakling the institutions which fund fledgling businesses and drive the innovation of the country is a serious mistake! Risks spawn rewards, the greater the risk the greater the reward and the greater the loss. America rewards calculated risk with uncalculable wealth, and punishes foolishness with ruin.  This is the best regulation method.

Health Care: Not a Right

June 24, 2009

As the debate over health reform intensifies, expect lawmakers to muddy the waters by declaring health care a fundamental “right”.  If health care is a “right” then lawmakers will be able to argue that it is necessarily mandated by law—thus opening the door for universal government health care.

Health care, in America, is not actually an explicit right afforded to the general population.  The “right” to health care appears in only one place in America’s governing documents, including the Bill of Rights.  Under Amendment VIII, health care must be provided to federal prisoners.  The creators of our government believed withholding care from the miscreants of our penal system constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

It is fitting that government health care is only provided to prisoners.  If health reform of the current vein is allowed to pass, Americans will find themselves prisoners to an inadequate health system.  Americans will soon find that they have no rights and no choices—just like prisoners.

Government health care plans are “effective” because they monopolize purchasing power and generalize services.  In other words, they force participants to accept common generic services, and achieve savings through quantity and price controls.

In order to achieve the savings politicians crave, the government will need to be able to purchase services en masse.  This in turn requires that as many people as possible participate in the federal program.  Since no private insurer or service provider will be able to compete with the massive purchasing power of the government,  the private health industry will inevitably crumble and the socialization of American health care will be complete.

If this progression seems inevitable, that’s because it is.  However, it is not the only choice available.  Many critics believe that the free-market approach to health care has failed.  That assumption is categorically incorrect.  The U.S. health system is plagued by numerous bureaucratic hurdles and regulations which automatically remove the term “free” from the health care market.  Repealing regulations, shifting the responsibility for care to the states and the individual, and pursuing information technologies which can educate the consumer may provide a cost-effective solution, and render government care unnecessary.

Once the government assumes control of an industry it is notoriously difficult to roll-back the infectious meddling of the federal bureaucracy.  While the government has the power of guns and laws on its side, the citizen has the increasingly potent power of voice.

Americans have the unique ability to buy the services they need, and the services they are able to afford—it is this aspect of American health care which draws foreign dignitaries and celebrities to American clinics, and distinguishes our system from the socialized forms of medicine found in Europe and elsewhere.

Health care is not generic; there is no set group of services for every man, woman, and child.  The right to choice is fundamental to America’s adherence to the principle of liberty.  American citizens have the liberty to pay and choose services that fit their own lifestyles, not those of their neighbors.  As the health care debate moves forward, Americans should remember that the Constitution was drafted to protect citizens against tyranny—tyranny of majority or minority, and the accumulation of power in any given entity.