How Obama Protects the Teamsters The president and Jimmy Hoffa help each other more than workers. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/276427 Barack Obama and Jimmy Hoffa are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Lady Gaga and hype, the Jersey Shore cast and hairspray: inseparable. The president can no more disown the Teamsters Union’s leader than he can disown his own id. […]
Civility for Thee, Not for Me Of course President Obama will not criticize Jimmy Hoffa’s ugly rant. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/276423 Pres. Barack Obama delivered hi s loviest speech as president in Tucson, Ariz., after the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. It was moving, pitch-perfect and — in its key passages calling for civility in our political discourse […]
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/276410 Columbia, S.C. — Gov. Rick Perry missed Monday’s Palmetto Freedom Forum — a spirited, nationally televised discussion of constitutional questions — because of the wildfires in Texas. Yet even in absentia, Perry, a recent entry to the presidential field, loomed large, exciting the attendees, who talked up his chances. South Carolina Republicans, with their […]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.10320/pub_detail.asp It was a crystal clear September 11, 2001. I was on the 8:30 am shuttle to Washington D.C. The plane I was on hurtled down the La Guardia runway and then suddenly came to a halt. The pilot directed the aircraft back to the gate noting there would not be any other flights that […]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.10318/pub_detail.asp Sharia advocates desperately want to convince legislators and the public that Islamic law is plain vanilla — and totally nonthreatening to existing U.S. legal codes. Notwithstanding a nationwide Muslim Brotherhood-backed pro-sharia push, nothing could be further from the truth. “There are many unpleasant doctrines within Islam,” including its “repugnant” criminal code, honor killings, female […]
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1769/pub_detail.asp 1. OUTRAGE! No Firemen at Ground Zero This 9/11? Mayor Bloomberg says there’s just not enough room to include them. 2. VIDEO: ABC‘s Jake Tapper Presses White House on Hoffa ‘SOB’ Remarks 3. VIDEO: NBC News Pollsters ‘Concerned’ Over Administration’s Negative Numbers 4. VIDEO: Vice President Dick Cheney – no regrets about Iraq 5. […]
http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/davidmalpass/2011/09/07/the_risks_of_a_european_recession/print European developments have worsened substantially since the Merkel-Sarkozy Paris summit on August 16. We discuss the new European developments below followed by the eight negative developments listed in our August 25 piece. We think it will take dramatic action in Europe to break the downward spiral. On its present course, the risks have increased substantially of major European […]
This week, Sarah Palin gave a terrific speech in Indianola, Iowa. In it, she tore into the Washington political class. Men and women in government get wealthy by “bail(ing) out their friends on Wall Street and their corporate cronies…reward(ing) campaign contributors…buy(ing) votes via earmarks…And there is a name for this: It’s called corporate crony capitalism…It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys.” This “crony capitalism,” Palin said, is “not the capitalism of free men and free markets.” It is the “crony capitalism that destroyed Europe’s economies.”
In general, she’s right. But on one particular — her terminology — she is dead wrong.
This will be a stretch for some, but stay with me. Suppose someone presented a plan that is guaranteed to achieve the objectives everyone (or almost everyone serious about such matters) agrees are necessary to create jobs, end our financial dependence on China, reform the tax code and repair Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid so they not only continue to support people now, but ensure the health and welfare of future generations.Would the politicians accept this gift from the political gods? Or would they prefer the dysfunction that characterizes virtually everything they do and prevents solutions, guaranteeing instead the continuation of the issue for partisan political gain?
This is the central question preceding President Obama’s Thursday night address to Congress.
The problem with so much of Washington today is that no Democrat will accept a good idea if it comes from a Republican and, conversely, Republicans will reject any good idea that comes from Democrats. So here’s a plan whose author shall remain anonymous until the end of this column in hopes you will read on.
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A few weeks ago, I had what seemed to me a small medical problem, so I phoned my primary physician. However, after we discussed the problem, he directed me to a specialist.After the specialist examined me, he directed me to a different specialist elsewhere. When I was examined and tested in the second specialist’s office, he immediately phoned a hospital, asking to have an operating room available in an hour.No more than 5 hours elapsed between my seeing the first specialist and the time when I was on an operating table.
This was quite a contrast with what happens in countries with government-run medical systems. In such countries, it is not uncommon to have to wait days to see a physician, weeks to see a specialist and months before you can have an operation. It is very doubtful whether I would have lasted that long.