When Medicare was first introduced in 1965, skeptics such as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan bemoaned the implementation of socialized medicine and the extravagant cost of the original $3 billion plan. Little did they know that $3 billion was only the beginning.
President Obama and his fellow enthusiasts for "green technology" have stumbled into a thicket of their own making. Most of the their pet "alternative energy" projects -- solar panels, hybrid and electric car batteries, wind turbine magnets, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. -- are dependent upon "rare earth elements" that have been made all but unobtainable here in the United States, thanks in significant measure to environmental extremism.
The Obama administration cannot be happy that two of its most strident supporters, MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews and new Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie, have re-opened the "birther" controversy.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate used the tail end of the lame-duck session to confirm an openly homosexual woman to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Chai Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the first openly homosexual person to serve on the EEOC, was confirmed December 22 by unanimous consent on the day the Senate adjourned.
Federal Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has held that the New York City Health Department cannot adopt a rule which would require that gruesome photographs of smokers suffering from various forms of cancer be placed beside cash registers in more than 11,000 bodegas and convenience stores in the city. “Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law, for our sake as well as theirs,” the judge ruled — although he agreed with the harm of tobacco, noting, “Within New York City, roughly 7,500 people die from smoking annually — more than from AIDS, homicide and suicide combined.”
CBS News writer E. J. Dionne has asked if 2010 was "Liberalism's Waterloo." First, let's consider the term. What exactly is “liberalism”? Our Founding Fathers would have considered the term rationally. The root of the term “liberalism” is the Latin word for liberty or freedom. Who today associates liberalism with liberty? In the minds of its present-day adherents, the word may stand for “fairness,” “security,” “social justice,” “progressivism,” or several other phrases which, superficially, seem benign.
Professor Alfred Kahn, best known as “the father of airline deregulation,” died Monday at age 93. His obituary from Cornell reminded his students and friends of his surprisingly significant influence in rolling back oppressive government regulation of the airline industry in the late '70s: "He was largely instrumental in garnering the support necessary for the federal legislation that deregulated the airline industry and was the first thorough dismantling of a comprehensive system of government control since 1935." (Emphasis added.)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), notorious for groping and ogling naked passengers at checkpoints, has long claimed that its “mission” is “protect[ing] the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.” You may ask how delaying travelers in enormously long lines “ensure[s] freedom of movement”; recall that these same jokers contend as well that their sexual assaults protect us. At least their double-speak and Orwellian “logic” are consistent.
On Wednesday, Dec. 22, an Austin, Texas woman hoping to spend Christmas with California friends, collided with the TSA and was arrested for refusing the security pat-down, then banned from the Austin airport for at least six months.
According to a local news station, a Milwaukee man named Terry Duncan received a $500 fine last week for cursing on a public bus. While the Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies assert that the man’s behavior was rude, Duncan himself views the fine as a violation of free speech.
For years the small town of Prichard, Alabama knew they were in trouble. Back in 2004, the city hired an actuary to analyze and summarize their employees' pension plan. He told the city the plan would run out of money by the summer of 2009: "The plan is projected to exhaust [all of its] assets around [the middle of] 2009." In September of that year, the city stopped mailing pension checks to its 150 beneficiaries because there was no more money in the account.