Just so we’re all clear:
After weeks of a standoff, with Republicans fighting the Democrats to reduce spending and possibly alter or marginally improve the disaster that is Obamacare, yesterday Congress reached a compromise.
That compromise increased spending by $3 billion. No changes to Obamacare. No cuts in spending.
So they would have gotten closer to what they want had they just agreed three weeks ago.
Those Republicans sure drive a hard bargain.
This is why my blog is now pretty much just a training log. I’m not going to change anyone’s mind, and certainly y’all don’t seem to have a plan that would stop electing these clowns.
Update: The money went for a project in Mitch McConnell’s home state of KY. If you don’t know, he’s the minority leader of the Senate (a Republican). Apparently he needed the payoff. I look forward to the Republican party standing behind a challenger in the primary. (LOL)
Alas, President Obama, like most of his supporters, believe history started in 2008. So he’s proposed making it easier for people who can’t afford mortgages to get them.
If only we knew what might happen.
Or, maybe they are just too stoned to understand what they are doing?
In a Monday statement, the group has decided to endorse President Obama for reelection over Mitt Romney — despite the Obama administration’s ongoing crackdown against marijuana distributors in states where it remains legal.
“Let’s not get distracted by the myriad of issues that will be brought to the forefront at the upcoming political conventions, the single most important election issue is getting our economy back on track,” remarked Thomas Leto, president and founder of the Chamber.
“The economic potential of the cannabis business in the U.S. is Limitless and President Obama understands this,” Leto said. “It is our impression that Mr. Romney just doesn’t get it.”
So, the guy who has been in charge for more raids in 3.5 years than the last guy was in 8 years, the guy who said he wouldn’t, but then did. He’s more in touch than Gary Johnson?
The people who think the government needs to be more involved in our health care need to see things like this
The approval is an unambiguously good thing—or so you would think. The saliva test in question, made by OraSure Technologies and known as OraQuick, costs less than $60 and takes just 20 minutes to self-administer. According to statistics an FDA advisory committee presented at a hearing in May, it holds the potential to prevent the transmission of more than 4,000 new HIV infections in its first year of use alone. That would be about 8 percent of the roughly 50,000 new infections we currently see annually in the United States. (About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are now living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of whom about 20 percent don’t realize they have it. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, about 1.1 million people have been diagnosed with AIDS, and more than 619,000 have died from it.)
The scandal is that the approval of a rapid home test for HIV did not occur until last week—about 24 years after the FDA received its first application seeking permission to market one.
24 years.. Why? Because the government thinks you are too stupid; so stupid, in fact, that it’s better you spread HIV than know you have it.
There was great concern that the patient receive proper counseling, both before and after the test. The patient needed to appreciate the possibility of false positives, so he wouldn’t panic unnecessarily if he got one. He needed to appreciate the danger of false negatives, so he wouldn’t become reckless, endangering sexual partners. And he needed to understand the options and support groups available in the event he received a true positive. (On top of all these concerns, many AIDS activists at the time were opposed to almost any form of HIV testing out of fear that results could be used to ostracize and persecute HIV-positive people—though one hopes that public health concerns were paramount to the FDA, rather than political pressure and hysteria.)
So naturally, we want to entrust the government with more decisions about health care. Because if the right people are in charge…? I don’t understand.
Something is seriously wrong with the information in this article:
More female teens than males have attempted or considered suicide, the survey found. The rate was highest among Hispanic females, at 13.5%, and lowest among white males, at 4.6%. Students struggled with suicide more during the first two years of high school – roughly ages 14 to 16. Rates dropped off slightly when students reached junior and senior year.
Overall, the suicide rate among teens has climbed in the past few years, from 6.3% in 2009 to 7.8% in 2011, numbers which reflect the trend gaining national attention as more teen suicides are reported as a result of bullying.
So, 6 out of 100 teenagers commits suicide? Really? That can’t be correct, can it? 30 seconds on Google gets us the answer.
In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.1 Of every 100,000 young people in each age group, the following number died by suicide:1
- Children ages 10 to 14 — 0.9 per 100,000
- Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000
- Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000
Um, that’s not 6.9%. That’s .0069% in 2007. Math is the hards.
One more reason to ignore scientific reporting in the mainstream media.
Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has proposed legislation banning food products made from or containing aborted human fetuses.
Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising “public awareness” and giving an “ultimatum to companies” that might consider such a policy.
Shortey said he discovered suggestions online that some companies use embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors, but added that he is unaware of any Oklahoma companies doing such research.
Whew. I know I’ll feel better the next time I grab a sandwich in Oklahoma. Hopefully he’ll address tooth fairy licensing next.
Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek writes a letter to an idiot in Congress.
Fred Barnes reports in the Weekly Standard that you refuse to use computerized checkout lanes at supermarkets (“Boneheaded Economics,” Oct. 24). As you – who are described on your website as “progressive” – explain, “I refuse to do that. I know that’s a job or two or three that’s gone.”
Overlooking the fact that you overlook the lower prices on groceries made possible by this labor-saving technology, I’ve some questions for you:
Do you also avoid using computerized (“automatic”) elevators, riding only in those few that still use manual elevator operators?
Do you steer clear of newer automobiles equipped with technologies that enable them to go for 100,000 miles before needing a tune-up? I’m sure I can find for you, say, a 1972 Chevy Vega that will oblige you to employ countless mechanics.
Do you shun tubeless steel-belted radial tires on your car – you know, the kind that go flat far less often than do old-fashioned tires? No telling how many tire-repairing jobs have been destroyed by modern technology-infused tires.
Do you and your family refuse flu shots in order to increase your chances of requiring the services of nurses and M.D.s – and, if the economy gets lucky and you and yours get seriously ill, also of hospital orderlies and administrators? Someone as aware as you are of the full ramifications of your consumption choices surely takes account of the ill effects that flu shots have on the jobs of health-care providers.
You must, indeed, be distressed as you observe the appalling amount of labor-saving technologies in use throughout our economy. It is, alas, a disturbing trend that has been around for quite some time – since, really, the invention of the spear which destroyed the jobs of some hunters.
Ms. Lee is easy pickins… she’s a moron.
Show them this.
Alone amidst a wash of concrete and bricks, paving and sidewalk, the tiny unidentified greenery struggles to spread its sprouts into a seemingly intractable blanket of shade.
But do not mourn this poor forlorn seedling, for the city’s Board of Estimates just approved $8,800 for its care and maintenance. Along with 15 months of watering and pruning, the contract will also provide company for the lone greenery in the four-story concrete parking garage, with plans to add several additional planters to the darkened caverns that temporarily house the cars of motorists visiting the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.
The money is part of $27,000 in landscaping contracts approved for four city-owned parking garages Wednesday. The contracts provide for 15 months’ worth of work by Grass Roots Landscaping, a Baltimore-based business that will now be responsible for nurturing the lone plant in Franklin Garage, along with other potted shrubbery withering on sidewalks or wilting in the exhaust-filled concrete facilities at three other parking garages.
The expenditure for the solo shrub, that comes amidst intractable budget shortfalls and higher taxes, was justified as key to presenting an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere inside the otherwise mundane parking garage, an important selling point for attracting out-of-town motorists.
Yup. $8,800 for a plant in a parking garage. The Lovely Mrs. Stagg, who, of above average intelligence, reminded me that it’s probably that expensive because plants can’t live in a dark parking garage.
Our property taxes are twice the surrounding counties. The city implemented an additional sales tax on bottled beverages (that retailers are not allowed to call a sales tax, or even disclose to their customers) because if we didn’t, we’d have to ground the police helicopter.
Yet we’re spending money on this. Awesome.
I give you our Governor, Martin O’Malley, from Maryland Reporter:
Our state is not like other states. You will not find in Maryland the sort of Midwestern oppression that you find in Ohio and Wisconsin.
I’m not all for what the (elected by the people) legislature and (elected by the people) Governor of Wisconsin have done. Perhaps I’ll put up something more substantial later on the Libertarian position on the right to (and to not) associate. But “oppression”? No.
Remember the call for civil discourse? Yeah, right.