Oct 172014

ebolaCharles C.W. Cooke makes his 7,954th great point today: while fear of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the Unites States may be irrational, fear of government incompetence is eminently reasonable.

Can these people do anything right?

Quarantine? Yeah, probably a good idea unless you, you know, crave your favorite restaurant. We don’t need a travel ban. We’re considering a travel ban. A “violated protocol” infected that nurse. (“Mistakes were made,” anyone?) We don’t need an Ebola czar. Oh, now we do, and a partisan hack lawyer with no medical background is just the guy for the job.

I spend significant time arguing against government’s truly massive overreach into our lives, and the deplorable ongoing practice of normalizing it for younger generations. But this is exactly the sort of crisis that requires quick and authoritative action, and the Obama White House apparently can’t deliver it.

To point out such is no cheap political ploy, as much as Democrat attack dogs would like you to believe that.

I suspect the United States will once again be Ebola-free sooner rather than later. I wish I could see evidence that the ostensible leader of my country were working harder and smarter to bring that about.

 Posted by at 3:25 pm
Oct 152014

You just kind of stand there like a cowed dog, don’t you?

You know that pose? I do. I assume it every fall now. I know I’m going to get swatted; I’m just not quite sure how much. It looks like nearly a 20% bump in fixed medical insurance costs for me and my family next year.

We’ve been conditioned to think “well, thank God it’s not more!” Haven’t we? Isn’t that exactly what’s happening? That it’s a fathomable increase—one I can get my brain around—is supposed to be enough. That’s a victory.

Are anyone’s insurance costs going down next year? Are anyone’s even staying the same? If so, let me hear from you.

pjboyI have a bit more research to do this year, too, which was most of what was so offensive to me about Obamacare’s Pajama Boy. If you’ll recall, the directives were:

Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance.

Well, no. I don’t want to. Health insurance is the sort of drudgery I want to be on vacation from over the Christmas holidays. I think it’s pretty damned bent to sit around and discuss federal mandates during leisure time with family and friends, and I think it’s unnerving and sick for my government to have a marketing campaign designed to persuade me to do so.

Despite ample promises to the contrary, Obamacare has done nothing to contain costs. In fact, it’s had exactly the opposite effect. The $10 Band-Aid, the $1,500 ambulance ride, the $10,000 baby delivery—they’ve all just settled into the narrative, haven’t they? Sheesh, these things are expensive. Thank God we have insurance! Thank God the government looks out for us!

Nothing Our Betters have done in the name of “protecting” us has fostered innovation or competition, so we’ll have no cost relief anytime soon. The law implicitly asks “how can we help a person pay for a $10 Band-Aid?” when the law should be asking “why is there such a thing as a $10 Band-Aid?”

I shouldn’t have to think about medical insurance to the degree that I do. None of us should. The proper vision is insurance companies competing for us, not us feeling relieved when we don’t get screwed quite as hard as we might have.

 Posted by at 8:14 pm
Sep 292014

“A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.” – Barack Obama, January 28, 2014 Women make 77 cents for every dollar men make for the same work. This is particularly egregious discrimination that we ought to be past by now, don’t you think? Hmmm. This statistic always gave me pause. For one thing, I couldn’t [...]

 Posted by at 7:07 am
Sep 282014

I started a post last week that got much too long, and it occurred to me that it would make a good post series. Introducing Facts That Aren’t. Facts That Aren’t posts will examine assertions that “everyone” “knows,” that in fact have extremely limited or highly qualified truth values. Generally these “facts” are propagated by [...]

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