Tuesday, November 3, 2009

et ceteras

Did you know that Nancy Pelosi’s proposed health care bill does not place any limits on attorney’s fees or punitive damages -- but does restrict how much of your own money you can place in a tax-free flexible spending account, to pay for your co-pays, your deductible, your medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, etc.?

Though you won’t see it mentioned in the MSM, our government is once again using our tax dollars to fund ACORN. The much ballyhooed withholding of federal funds from ACORN was for only one month, and that month has now passed.

I have heard several liberals say that the reason conservatives are opposed to Dede Scozzafava (the RINO who unsuccessfully ran for New York’s 23rd Congressional District) is that she is pro-choice on abortion. None of them even acknowledged that Scozzafava is also in favor of higher taxes, in favor of eliminating secret ballots for workers, in favor of the failed and pork-laden stimulus bill, and in favor of coercing taxpayers to bail out failed businesses. Could it be that they, not conservatives, are the ones who are obsessed about abortion?

But speaking of abortion, have you heard about Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood director from Texas who left that organization? In September, after working for them for eight years, she had her first opportunity to watch an abortion on ultrasound as it took place, and she found it so revolting that she quit her job and is still looking for work. For more information about her, go here.

Switching to football, in Saturday’s Florida-Georgia game, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes was caught on film attempting to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. Just to be clear, that was an intentional action that could have resulted in Ealey suffering severe vision loss, perhaps blindness. Florida coach Urban Meyer responded anemically by suspending Spikes for the first half of one game (against 2-7 Vanderbilt!) while Tim Tebow, Florida’s Bible-quoting quarterback over whom the media swoon as if he were the benevolent personification of Christ himself, responded by saying that Georgia played dirty too. If you want to see principles in action, Gainesville is not the place to look.

Switching back to politics, have you noticed that just about every time Barack Obama speaks, he makes a point of blaming whatever it is he’s talking about on George W. Bush? Well, way back in February Thomas Sowell wrote the following: “How can a president of the United States be reelected in a landslide after four years when unemployment never fell below 15 percent for even one month during his first term? Franklin D. Roosevelt did it by blaming it all on the previous administration. Barack Obama may be able to achieve the same result the same way.” It is becoming obvious that when it comes to Obama’s M.O. for 2012, Sowell was prescient.

And finally, over the past month and a half I have not written nearly as much as before. That’s not because I “lost the fire,” but because I have been so busy with life that there has been very little time left for writing. Anyway, I expect to be doing more of it. And about that intermittent series on medical care that I started in August? I plan to post the next installment before Thanksgiving.

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