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Milton Friedman on Socialized Medicine

Here’s a 9min clip of Dr. Milton Friedman talking about Big-Government-run medical care. The speech was given in the late 1970s, but it is still pertinent today.


‘King of Pork’ and ‘Top Narcissist’ Awards

Citizens Against Government Waste has tracked and analyzed the earmarks and pork-barrel projects on the agenda for Big Government bureaucrats in 2009. The result of this analysis is The Congressional Pig Book:

The Congressional Pig Book is CAGW’s annual compilation of the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget.  The 2010 Pig Book identified 9,129 projects at a cost of $16.5 billion in the 12 Appropriations Acts for fiscal 2009.

CNSNews.com reports that three law-makers stood out and ‘won’ special recognition:

(CNSNews.com) - Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and were the top award “winners” in the 2010 Congressional Pig Book Awards issued Wednesday by the taxpayer group Citizens Against Government Waste.

Harkin and Byrd jointly won the “Narcissist Award” for 2010 – a little-coveted award given to those members of Congress who request taxpayer money to fund projects named after themselves.

Harkin asked for $7,287,000 to continue what he calls the “Harkin Grant” program for renovating Iowa public schools.

Byrd similarly asked that $7 million in taxpayer funds be directed to the Robert C. Byrd Institute of Advanced Flexible Manufacturing Systems, which provides workforce training in technical manufacturing skills.

Meanwhile, Cochran, a Republican, beat out Democrat Byrd for the title of “King of Pork”

This Big Government spending is disgraceful and needs to stop.


Some Obamacare Videos


“Pay Czar” Makes BofA’s CEO An Offer He Can’t Refuse

Back in March I saw the potential of A Wonderful Precedent set by the Obama administration and Democrats. Basically, if Obama doesn’t like the way a company is being run, and that company received stimulus money,

Obama’s crew…  might abuse their authority to “punish” executives who don’t “voluntarily” return money that they are under no obligation to return.

Well, that precedent has been set:

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Obama Denies That Fees For Uninsured Are Taxes

H/T – HotAir

Obama seems not to have a problem misleading the public, even when it comes to the common meaning of words. I hope that Dems and folks on the Left realize that this guy is will smile, look them dead in the eyes and tell them whatever he thinks they want to hear.

Mr. Obama…

YOU LIE!


Will They Be Heard?

As hundreds of thousands of Americans march in Washington today to protest Obama’s schemes, for example Obamacare, conservative bloggers feel confident that “They Will Be Heard.”

I’m not so sure.

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What Do Americans Think About Healthcare?

Pennsylvania: Only two in five (42%) registered adults are confident in the president’s ability to reform the country’s healthcare system.

New Jersey: One-third of voters think the reforms would benefit them, while nearly half believe the policies would hurt them.

And here are some data from a CNN national poll:

27.  From everything you have heard or read so far, do you favor or oppose Barack Obama’s plan to
reform health care?
28.   (IF FAVOR) Do you favor that plan strongly or only moderately?
29.   (IF OPPOSE) Do you oppose that plan strongly or only moderately?

QUESTIONS 27, 28 AND 29 COMBINED

Aug. 28-31 2009

Favor strongly    25%
Favor only moderately    23%
Oppose only moderately    10%
Oppose strongly    41%
No opinion    2%

Which would make you feel more secure — the current health care system in this country, or the
health care system proposed by President Obama?

Aug. 28-31 2009

Current health care system  52%
Obama’s proposed system  44%
No opinion    4%

From what you know of those health care reforms, do you think you and your family would, in
general, be better off, worse off or about the same?

Aug. 28-31 2009

Better off  21%
Worse off  38%
About the same  40%
No opinion  *

This should give a general idea how Americans feel about the current health care/insurance plans. If you watch some town hall meetings on C-Span I’m sure you’ll realize that these numbers are more than generous to those who support the plans. These polls are all recent as of September 2, 2009.


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