I Was Right Again
I think we have officially reached that point. They're walking out on him in Upper Marlboro, MD?? Wow and ouch. (NB: if you've ever been to Upper Marlboro, you know, it's Obama Country, big time.)
Manny Mota...Mota...Mota (OK, not a helpful title...this blog is mostly about Economics, the Markets, Politics...and during the football season also about the New York Giants)
One name that hasn’t surfaced yet in respect of the floundering by the federal government in the face of Ebola is Michael Bloomberg . Yet it was the former mayor of New York City who gave the nation Thomas Frieden , who is one dangerous doctor and is the middle of the catastrophe. Mr. Bloomberg made him New York City’s [commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene], which is a post that tries to re-educate New Yorkers so that they will accept passively living like socialists.
Now Dr. Frieden directs the Centers for Disease Control, where he wants to do the same thing. . . .
[T]he CDC budget has soared more than 200% since 2000 to $7 billion. The Centers, moreover, are squandering this lucre (which was seized from the American public using the taxes) on regulating motorcycle helmets, video games, and playground equipment, as if any of that has anything to do with diseases. No wonder that when Ebola hits, the CDC seems to be staggering.Thanks to the NY Sun for unearthing this connection and the WSJ for highlighting it. Also, kudos to the WSJ for their editorial yesterday that was both on point and hilarious...
On Wednesday the World Health Organization warned of the threat of a global plague, which can cause “vomiting, marked hypocalcemia, metabolic acidosis, convulsions and, in rare cases, even death.” Ebola? No, the WHO culprit is the overconsumption of energy drinks.
Why we expected a man with no discernable track record or proven record of leadership to lead and to achieve in the name of this massive and complex society is a story of historical proportions. Did we think that plucking just any man off the street - essentially what we did - to wield enormous power was wise?Finally, I also want to highlight, yet again, that I called it - "pig in a poke" - on November 19, 2008. That is about as early a call as is out there.
Us conservatives have said, time and again, that this is precisely what you get when you elect a man such as Obama.
- When you elect a man that has never had a real job, you will not get economic vitality
- When you elect a radical Alinskyite Chicagoan, you will get unsavory, bare-knuckled politics, not unifying optimism
- When you elect somebody nobody knows anything about, you will get unpleasant surprises
- When you get someone who disparages America, you will get policies that hurt America
- When you elect a man who has achieved nothing save getting elected, you will get nothing but campaigning
They've called us crazy for years. How dare you call Obama incompetent. How dare you call him empty. How dare you call him feckless in foreign policy. How dare you call him economically ignorant. How dare you call him thuggish. How dare you call him radical. How dare you call him narcissistic How dare you.I patiently await the apologies from lefty twits who let fanboy euphoria dictate the direction of this great and historically consequential country. Dickheads.
Famous British Labor politician Aneurin Bevan once dismissed the possibility of radical unionism hurting Britain's coal industry by saying " “This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.”Of course, you could say that only an organizing genius (or socialism) could produce a shortage of oil in Venezuela that sits atop vast oceans of oil...
Of course, Labor policies went on to produce exactly that before Margaret Thatcher had to right the ship.
They are among a chorus of corporate executives and lobbying groups that regularly assail Obama for policies that they say are stifling investment and hurting companies.
Corporate and economic statistics almost six years into his administration paint a different picture. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) Index are the healthiest in decades, with the lowest net debt to earnings ratio in at least 24 years, $3.59 trillion in cash and marketable securities, and record earnings per share.True, corporations are in excellent financial health. The reason is that Obamanomics and Obama's gangster style of government (of which Henninger opines today) has so thoroughly degraded the investment climate that companies haven't been investing, but hoarding cash and paying down debt. Thus they are healthy. I predicted this years ago.
New York municipalities are getting out of the nursing-home business, ridding themselves of a financial burden just as baby boomers head into old age.
Four publicly owned homes for the elderly are on the block, after at least 11 of the 40 counties outside New York City that owned the safety nets for the poor sold or closed them since 1997, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester.
The governments are responding as Wall Street takes note of the fiscal strain: Orange County, a New York City exurb, lost its top grade from Moody’s Investors Service in March and had its rating cut again in August. The company cited almost $37 million in subsidies to Valley View Center for Nursing Care & Rehabilitation since 2012. In contrast, Moody’s raised neighboring Rockland in July after the county found a buyer for its Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center.
Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.One could argue that the Left really need do nothing, football will destroy itself ala Conquest. Although one could also argue that football's demise is not meeting with the Left's preferred timetable and, alas, needs aggressive treatment.
The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday.
“The bottom line is the health care system is poorly designed to meet the needs of patients near the end of life,” said David M. Walker, a Republican and a former United States comptroller general, who was a co-chairman of the panel. “The current system is geared towards doing more, more, more, and that system by definition is not necessarily consistent with what patients want and is also more costly.”
But some recommendations, like changing the reimbursement structure so that Medicare would pay for home health services instead of emphasizing hospital care, and so Medicaid would have better coverage of long-term care for the frail elderly, would require congressional action.
It calls for a “major reorientation and restructuring of Medicare, Medicaid and other health care delivery programs” and the elimination of “perverse financial incentives” that encourage expensive hospital procedures while growing numbers of very sick and very old patients want low-tech services like home health care and pain management.You see, those damn old and sick people take up hospital beds and doctors' time when they could be at home, drugged-up, with one of those useless home healthcare professionals (ever talked to your average home healthcare professional?).
I have heard, through my sources who don't talk loosely or lightly, some pretty outlandish speculation that there are those inclined within high US military command that could (not intent but inclined, not would but could, as in depending, maybe, and I'm hedging 'til the cows come home here) deploy US military assets in assistance to Israel in the absence of such a command from President Obama. Yes, it is crazy but the danger is so great, the implications so vast, and the viewpoints so at odds that, well, who knows. One source has even told me that in such a scenario, the US military would act and give Obama the opportunity to say he went along after the fact so as to keep civil order here at home and preserve the appearance of legality.That was a significant speculation (but informed speculation), and I was talking about war between Israel and Iran; but, the point holds - in the event of a significant threat and the likely event of a catastrophic non-decision by Obama, the military could go a tad rogue. Were Obama to be highly unpopular, as he is now, such a course of action by the military would be much easier to pull off.
The second-largest U.S. oil company by market value spent “significant sums” and assigned some of its best scientists to evaluate more than 100 kinds of feedstock and 50 techniques for converting them into fuels without success, Chevron Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Watson said today in remarks prepared for an Economic Club of Minnesota lunch in Minneapolis.
“The smartest minds in my company and others haven’t yet cracked the code on pairing the right feedstock conversion technology and logistics in an economic and scalable package,” Watson said.