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  • Yearly Archives: 2009

    Twenty Questions on Reid's Opt Out Plan

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he would bring to the Senate floor a bill that includes a new “public plan,” but with a provision allowing states to “opt-out.” In response to a reporter’s question, Reid said that states would have until 2014 to opt-out. Setting aside the … More

    Morning Bell: Is Government Run Health Care Inevitable?

    Americans who like making their own health care choices received welcome news yesterday when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said he would be willing to block final passage of Obamacare if the government run health insurance program Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Monday survives the amendment process during the Senate … More

    Facebooking for Freedom

    Since the rise in the use of new media, authoritarian regimes have been confronted by a wave of opposition. The surge of digital, computerized and networked information as well as communication technologies has facilitated those seeking to shed light on government oppression. Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and … More

    Eat Tofu, Save a Planet

    Apparently now going green means only eating greens. Advice from Lord Nicholas Stern: Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better. I think it’s important that people think about what they … More

    Public Option Puts Obamacare In Critical Condition

    According to CBS and other media reports, “Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) said Tuesday that he would support a Republican filibuster of a health care bill that includes a public option.” This is a serious blow to the passage of any Obamacare bill including a public option, yet the blow may … More

    Adult Time for Adult Crime: Ashley Jones

    The Equal Justice Initiative’s 2007 report describes Ashley’s Jones offense as follows: “At 14, Ashley tried to escape the violence and abuse by running away with an older boyfriend who shot and killed her grandfather and aunt. Her grandmother and sister, who were injured during the offense, want Ashley to … More

    Adult Time for Adult Crime: The U.S. Has a Juvenile Crime Problem

    The U.S. Has a Juvenile Crime Problem Underlying nearly every argument made by opponents of life without parole for juvenile offenders is the premise that, because many other countries have not authorized or have repealed the sentence, the United States should do the same so that it can be in … More

    Public Support for ObamaCare Collapses under the Facts

    When it comes to ObamaCare, poll after poll shows the public can be fairly supportive—until they realize how much they stand to personally lose. Americans have told pollsters for months about fears that their health coverage will disappear. They’re also reporting unprecedented concern that health reform will only add to … More

    In the Green Room: Dr. Norm Thurston, Utah's Free Market Health Reform Architect

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-BoR9hAvQ[/youtube] Dr. Norm Thurston is doing something extraordinary: he’s implementing consumer-driven health care fixes in Utah. When many employers recently started dropping health benefits the state reacted with reforms that make costs predictable for both employers and consumers. Predictability depends on accurate information for all sides. The Utah Health Exchange makes … More

    What Child Labor Laws?

    A new ad on health care from Family Research Council plants tongue firmly in cheek to make a serious point: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHSw8-YP3w[/youtube] The earliest identified use of the phrase, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” dates, fittingly enough, to the Depression Era. And what is true of free lunches, … More