Archive for November, 2009

We Pay Them to Lie to Us

November 30th, 2009 No comments

“When you knowingly pay someone to lie to you, we call the deceiver an illusionist or a magician. When you unwittingly pay someone to do the same thing, I call him a politician. President Obama insists that health care ‘reform’ not ‘add a dime’ to the budget deficit, which daily grows to ever more frightening levels. So the House-passed bill and the one the Senate now deliberates both claim to cost less than $900 billion. Somehow ‘$900 billion over 10 years’ has been decreed to be a magical figure that will not increase the deficit. It’s amazing how precise government gets when estimating the cost of 10 years of subsidized medical care. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill was scored not at $850 billion, but $849 billion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her bill would cost $871 billion. How do they do that? The key to magic is misdirection, fooling the audience into looking in the wrong direction. I happily suspend disbelief when a magician says he’ll saw a woman in half. That’s entertainment. But when Harry Reid says he’ll give 30 million additional people health coverage while cutting the deficit, improving health care and reducing its cost, it’s not entertaining. It’s incredible.” –columnist John Stossel

US Health Care Reform

November 20th, 2009 No comments

Sent via email to the Hon. Senators Landrieu, Lincoln and Nelson:

I strongly urge you not to support the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” for the following reasons:

1. Government has a very poor record of controlling real costs of goods and services. A review of projected verses actual Medicare costs is assuredly relevant.

2. A centrally planned rewrite of the entire Heath Care System that serves the majority of Americans well (supported by all polling data) is not the optimal approach to ensuring health care services for all.

3. It’s a budget buster and we all know it. One need look no further than my State of California to note how out of control government spending leads to a never ending miasma.

4. There is no Constitutional authority for the Federal Government to require the purchase of a good or service by individual citizens. It’s unprecedented and will no doubt be challenged in court.

5. Moderates should not have to pay at the election booth for the grandiose schemes of their party leaders.

I invite you to consider carefully and rationally what the unintended consequences of this legislation would be. Far better for Congress to consider incremental reform such as:

– Decoupling health insurance and tax benefits from employer provided plans.

– Allow deregulation of interstate insurance purchases to enhance competition.

– Malpractice tort reform to reduce practice of defensive medicine.

– Non-cancel clauses in insurance policies for utilization of contracted benefits.

– Guaranteed issue of catastrophic medical insurance coverage.

Thank you for your consideration of these points.


Ron Bischof

Marxism Redux

November 18th, 2009 No comments

“The administration has taken the steps to make sure that we can solidify our economy,” Shelton said, adding that Obama “inherited eight years of bad economic planning and has stepped into an initiative in which we find our country losing jobs at an astronomical rate.” — Hilary Shelton, senior vice president of the NAACP

When did the US Economy become centrally planned?

Perhaps Ms. Shelton meant we’re in need of such. I recommend a history lesson.

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Unlimited Government?

November 16th, 2009 No comments

“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare…. [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please.” –Thomas Jefferson

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Bill Gates on Steve Jobs

November 15th, 2009 No comments

A gracious Bill Gates commenting on Steve Jobs tenure as Apple’s CEO.

Nicely done, Mr. Gates.

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Health Insurance “Reform”

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Interstate Commerce Clause: Ramirez illustrates.

LMU Chill Cat

November 8th, 2009 No comments

While enjoying a nice Sunday bike ride, I stopped near the Loyola Marymount University Church for a break on a bench that overlooks Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Santa Monica, Century City, etc.

Sharing the view was one very relaxed cat who gave me a friendly “meow” in greeting as I approached to snap a photo.

That cat knows how to live!

Loyola Marymount Watch Kitty

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