David Westerfield

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Lofty Utopian Healthcare Dreams Meet Reality

The new healthcare law will pack 32 million newly insured people into emergency rooms already crammed beyond capacity, according to experts on healthcare facilities.

A chief aim of the new healthcare law was to take the pressure off emergency rooms by mandating that people either have insurance coverage. The idea was that if people have insurance, they will go to a doctor rather than putting off care until they faced an emergency.

Four major U.S. employers (AT&T, Verizon, Deere and Caterpillar) are considering dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government.  These companies currently offer health benefits to over 2.3 million employees. That is like cutting off health care for the entire city of Houston.

The reality of budgets, economics, sociology, incentive, and plain common sense about what would have worked were thrown to the wind in favor of futuristic visions of everyone getting the best health care available for free. It sounds good on paper and many of the people were well-meaning (though grossly misinformed).

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Copenhagen Results

Found on DrudgeReport.com

UN denies asking leaders to stay on in Copenhagen…
‘What a bunch of buffoons’…
GUARDIAN: Obama speech fuels frustration; Lacklustre address fails to lift gloom…
Venezuela’s Chavez ‘Still’ Smells Sulfur After Obama Speech…
CASTRO MOCKS OBAMA, TOO…
AFP: In Copenhagen, greens’ love lost for Obama…

What I think this shows is that all the marketing in the world won’t “save us” at a certain point because at some point everyone has to start looking at facts. The third world countries feel a New Imperialism approaching from the West under the guise of environmentalism (which I believe is the case to a great degree), the Western public is seeing through the facade of global warming science, and there are too many other little conflicts to get anything done. Oh and to top it off, the entire conference carbon output equals that of 60 third world countries … over a year. Way to go guys … that is if you still believe carbon output is affecting the temperature of the globe.

UPDATE: Surprise! ‘Agreement’ reached: Obama Reaches ‘Meaningful Agreement’ on Climate Change, U.S. Official Says

Here’s the PDF to the accord: http://unfccc.int/files/meetings/cop_15/application/pdf/cop15_cph_auv.pdf

Is That Yet Another Threat?

“The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a ‘command-and-control’ role over the process in way that could hurt business.”

Basically, unless I read that incorrectly, the Administration is telling Congress that if it doesn’t pass the cap and trade bill, the EPA is going to seize “command-and-control” power over the emissions of the country. Talk about the politics of fear being played to exert power over one of the other branches of government. That just smells undemocratic to me. Anyone else?

Obama Economic Advisors: Recession is Over/Not Over?

Ooops!

Kudos to David Gregory for asking tough questions on the stimulus. Giving credit where credit is due. Romer’s answers on everything else (beside her response on whether or not we’re still in a recession) are a complete spin on the supposed “good” coming from these massive Keynesian government spending solutions that clearly are not working. Schiff is right: the government is merely postponing and elongating the hit we need to take for the market to correct itself. Government intervention is merely distorting the imbalances that the free market is trying to fix (albeit even more painfully now that the government is making the future pain worse). These economic advisors in the White House are complete spin doctors.

Is That a Threat? Chicago-style Politics Heating Up

And it’s just getting started. Moderates and independents thought conservatives were just being partisan (certainly many were to be fair) when we were explaining what the nation was getting with an Obama/Chicago-style administration. It’s not a joke, nor is it mere politics. They mean business. If you’re not with them, you’re against them and thus become a target of ridicule, official scorn and marginalization.

In reference to Fox News, White House officials had these things to say (emphasis mine):
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Huxley’s Assessment Proving to be Correct More Everyday

If Aldous Huxley were still alive, I can’t help but think that he would say, “Told you so,” except with a longer, deeper explanation of how his vision of the future was coming to pass in ways he predicted and ways he couldn’t have foreseen … all in his quaint, British accent of course. The methods cited above, being employed by this administration to “educate” the public in this new postmodern version of collectivism, are striking, and in light of Huxley’s assessment kind of chilling and ominous concerning the precedent being set for the future.

We’re certainly not to the final end-point Huxley describes as the Final Revolution, but good grief. Some of the things being employed by this administration are some of the exact methods described by Huxley that are now being employed on a large scale, just as he warned. They are intertwining government messages to service (as they have described this themselves here and here) with television shows! It may be this is purely benign at the moment, though it is clear they want to funnel you to government sponsored websites. What if such a method continues 10, 20 years down the road? What will that look like by then?

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