Saturday, March 28, 2009

Karl's Weekend Reading

George Will writes in the Washington Post about Congress's excesses: "a partial list of recent lawlessness, situational constitutionalism and institutional derangement". His list includes the dilution of NAFTA, the AIG tax, China-US debt, DC congressional seats, and sneaking socialized medicine through using reconciliation. The Toxic Assets We Elected:

With the braying of 328 yahoos -- members of the House of Representatives who voted for retroactive and punitive use of the tax code to confiscate the legal earnings of a small, unpopular group -- still reverberating, the Obama administration yesterday invited private-sector investors to become business partners with the capricious and increasingly anti-constitutional government.

We didn't plan to post a piece on this week's kerfluffle regarding Notre Dame's commencement speech invitation to Obama and resulting outrage among Pro-Life Catholics. But Laura Hollis' Townhall article, "Social justice" Catholicism hits bottom was poetic - not just with Obama's demented abortion policies, but with many issues Notre Dame ignored, such as racial equality, poverty, immigration, education, economic and foreign policies. As is common with Laura Hollis articles, this is a must read.

In the two months since Obama was inaugurated, we have watched him bumble and fumble every possible way on the economy – which was, allegedly, what he was elected to “change.” And he has been equally hapless in matters of international diplomacy. But when it comes to human life, he has been chillingly consistent and tragically effective.
Obama gets away with this, in part, because he couches his views in religious platitudes. This effrontery should make his violation of Christian beliefs and American principles all the more offensive. Instead, lefty religious types embrace his WORDS and ignore the DEEDS (Matthew 7:15-23, anyone?), and in so doing provide exactly the kind of cover and sanction that he desperately needs to prop him up while he undermines our political, economic and religious liberties. Notre Dame is doing precisely this by awarding Obama an honorary doctorate.

Friday's WSJ editorial warns, again, the dangers of socialized medicine. The editorial board must be tired of sending these warnings, rarely to be heeded. They review the current crisis of the Mitt Romney plan in Massachusetts, and show what happens when "spending collides with reality".

In Massachusetts's latest crisis, Governor Deval Patrick and his Democratic colleagues are starting to move down the path that government health plans always follow when spending collides with reality -- i.e., price controls. As costs continue to rise, the inevitable results are coverage restrictions and waiting periods. It was only a matter of time.
...Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats are about to try their own Bay State bait and switch: First create vast new entitlements that can never be repealed, then later take the less popular step of rationing care when it's their last hope to save the federal fisc.

The consequences of that deception will be far worse than those in Massachusetts, however, given that prior to 2006 the state already had a far smaller percentage of its population uninsured than the national average. The real lesson of Massachusetts is that reform proponents won't tell Americans the truth about what "universal" coverage really means: Runaway costs followed by price controls and bureaucratic rationing.

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