Friday, July 31, 2009

Is America Waking Up?

A new poll released July 30th conducted by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News, indicates Republicans have made major gains against the Democratic Party with voters in virtually every policy area, erasing major gains made by Democrats during the Bush Administration. See the full results here.

It will be interesting to see if the Republican Party can keep up the momentum. Does anyone think this might have anything to do with Democrats' designs on the government takeover of our health care system?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Real Clarity on Global Warming Consequences

As the debate about the science and politics of global warming rages on, even gracing the pages of this humble blog from time to time, the most important outcome from the debate is a clear examination of the consequences of global warming policy.

Reasonable people with differing interests and values can come down on different sides of the debate around the science of global warming. After all, most of us are not scientist and we must make reasonable judgments about the science we see. We also know that scientists, global warming "experts," and business leaders are hardly disinterested participants in the debate. Ultimately, however, intellectually honest individuals confronted with a clear analysis of the ultimate consequences of climate change policies they and their adversaries advocate can come to only one conclusion: climate change policies are potentially more dangerous, deadly, and costly than climate change itself.

In this illuminating new documentary by Mario Lewis, "Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies Are More Dangerous Than Global Warming Itself," Mr. Lewis examines the unintended consequences of climate change policy.

Please take a few minutes of your time to view this film and share it with your friends. We don't have to solve the debate about the merits of global warming right now. We don't even have to agree. All of us must, however, in an intellectually honest way, examine the real consequences, in terms of life, liberty, health, and well-being of people around the world, of those policies currently proposed by congress and the White House to arrest global warming.

Seek clarity. Think. And act.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What Does Real Health Care Reform Look Like?

Why is it that whenever politicians talk about reform, it always comes with the heavy hand of more government control? Such is the case with the current debate about health care reform despite the fact that government run health care systems the world over have been dismal failures in their efforts to control costs, and inevitably result in rationed care and long waiting lines.

But, what is the alternative to government control in health care? What does real health care reform look like? Well, one of the inherent advantages of the free market system is the constant stream of innovation and new ideas. And yes, this even applies in the area of health insurance.

What if I told you there was a company that has seen its health insurance costs remain flat over the last four years while health insurance premiums across the country have increased 38% and Medicare costs have skyrocketed? What if I also told you that this was accomplished without restricting employee access to health care, while at the same time leading to employee obesity and smoking rates over 30% below the national average? A sinister plot you say? Okay, what if I told you that the employees love it, it is completely voluntary, and participating employees save significant money out of their own pockets?

Well, Safeway, the supermarket chain, has implemented a number of significant health insurance innovations since 2005 with astounding results. Recently, Steven Burd, Safeway's CEO, wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal explaining their success and how it could be applied to the nation as a whole.

This, my friends, is real health care reform, and it is brought to courtesy of the free market.

This on the other hand is not real reform:

Its deception.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Milton Friedman Interview = Absolutely Brilliant

Every once in a while there comes a person who addresses seemingly complex issues and problems with such clarity that it can only be described as absolute brilliance. So it is that I stumbled across the following interview, conducted in 1979, of Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winner in economics, by none other than self-described liberal Phil Donahue. Here, Mr. Friedman addresses the issue of greed and virtue in the free market versus government. The conversation is no less relevant now than it was 30 years ago. Please, take a couple minutes and treat yourself.

Absolute clarity. Absolutely brilliant.

Romney and Obama Tied in Latest Poll

In a new nationwide poll taken by Rasmussen Reports, if the 2012 presidential election were held today, President Obama and Mitt Romney would be tied at 45% to 45% among all voters. Also interesting, Romney polled ahead of Obama among Independent voters, 48% to 41%.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Free Us From "Reform"

The Obama push is on. That is, the effort to push through by any means necessary what is often described as health care "reform" but is actually the nationalization of your body. Under the guise of providing health insurance to the uninsured among us, the Democrats' health care plans will, in essence, result in government control of your health. How so? Well, if the government controls your health care, either through regulation or as the sole provider, you will be completely dependent upon the government for your health and survival. Need treatment for diabetes? Only if the government says so. Need bypass surgery due to a serious heart condition? Only if the government says so. Need that new biotechnology cancer medication to fight off the relapse of breast cancer? Only if the government says so. Your life and your health will be entirely dependent upon a disinterested government bureaucrat who will be weighing your life against the government budget.

In an effort to resist this push for socialized medicine, a grassroots effort has been formed to accumulate 1 million signatures on a petition to stop the Democrats' plans for a government takeover of health care. Please consider going to and sign the petition.

Be part of the effort to turn back this looming disaster.