Health tab still too costly for me
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- President Barack Obama, if not a socialist, is an extreme liberal. Only somebody on that end of the spectrum thinks like this, from his address Wednesday night to Congress on the cost of his proposed health care agenda: “Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years — less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.” National security, to the left, is the reason money’s not available to spend on their social agenda.
- This president is utterly amazing. He tells us that the government that built waste and inefficiency in its programs will now cut them out so we’ll all get better health care for less money without adding a dime to the deficit. Said he: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.” Americans are not dummies. They know that’s not so.
- While U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) was disrespectful to the office of the president to yell “You lie” during Obama’s speech, an outburst for which he apologized, Democrats have so many hidden agendas on health care, as they did on the $787 billion stimulus bill, that you simply cannot trust their leaders to tell the truth.
- Join now in praising and applauding Piedmont Hospital. It drops a lawsuit to block Gwinnett Medical Center from establishing a program to provide open-heart surgeries, something the state has approved. The public-interest decision by Piedmont leaves only Emory University Hospital litigating against Gwinnett.
- Liberals ask every few months: Have school vouchers revolutionized or radically improved public education? Fine. But you never hear them asking those questions about spending proposals they support.
- What? No Kennedy serving in the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts? Robert F. Kennedy’s oldest son, Joe, announced that he won’t seek the seat held by Uncle Ted. Kennedys have held the seat for 54 of the last 56 years. To be honest, I’m really ready to move on from the ’60s. And that includes Hugh Hefner, divorcing at 83. That era is so ancient and the people who live in it are so tired.
- Of course Sandy Springs should be allowed to escape federal supervision under the archaic Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It couldn’t be guilty of anything. It didn’t exist until 2005.
- Yuk, yuk, yuk. Glock, the pistol manufacturer, gets $960 in federal stimulus money to buy weapons for three federal law enforcement officials. Firearms are still lawful, are they not? And those who make them are no different than those who make automobiles, medicines or windmills.
- Note to Atlanta city election prognosticators: Deduct one McDonald’s coffee klatch, say seven votes, from the projected total for mayoral candidate Lisa Borders. Aaron Turpeau, one of the would-be kingmakers who distributed the memo urging other blacks in the race to get out so Borders could beat the leading white candidate, Mary Norwood, has withdrawn his endorsement.
- Iran’s got a fix on President Obama and the United Nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to hold talks with the West on Iran’s nuclear program. This after Ahmadinejad appointed as defense minister a man wanted in Argentina for bombing a Jewish community center that killed 85 in 1984. They want to talk because they know the U.N. is a house puppy — it threatens more sanctions after Iran has defied three sets already — and the Obama administration won’t strike while engaged in talk.
- Couples plan weddings and ask guests to foot the bill. Tacky today, yesterday and tomorrow. Trailer-trash tacky.
- Having now seen daytime TV, this warning to would-be retirees: It’s a wasteland. I’m amazed that the audience being targeted has the money to support advertising — though much of it appears to be trial lawyers soliciting accident and medical malpractice suits against those with deep pockets. America’s in trouble. And so’s public education.