Ah, to be more like the rest of the civilized world…..

Hillary is thinking big again.

I thought she learned her lesson last time:

She also said Democrats would focus on improving the quality and affordability of health care _ a touchy matter for the former first lady, who in 1993 led her husband’s calamitous attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care system. The failure of that effort helped Republicans win control of both the Senate and House the following year.

“Health care is coming back,” Clinton warned, adding, “It may be a bad dream for some.”

Let’s do like those progressive leaders of out neighbors to the north, and regress to the neo-primitive practice of Midwifery, noble savages indeed, they are. Not by choice, mind you, but by government fiat.
More here…..

Boldy regressing into the past with Hillary-care….blood-letting anyone?

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Immigration Reform on Hold

I’m glad, the US Senate was rushing this through to give us a watered-down feel-good bill that would change nothing. What would the bill do to illegal aliens?

– If they were here illegally, they would be in trouble.
– Perhaps they would be given a misdemeanor.
– Then they would be made US citizens.

Look, they’re already here illegally (which, for the US Senators that have a 3rd grade education, means “it is not legal.”). And now you want to pass a law so you can write them a ticket? But only if they turn themselves in first?

Have you collectively lost your minds?

Look, I know that there are maybe 12 million illegal aliens in the US. My suggestion? Deal with them later. The reason they are here is because we have a border crossing that says, “ILLEGAL ALIENS CROSS THE RIVER HERE. BUSES AND DONUTS PROVIDED FREE.” We have a porous border. Let’s close the border, then deal with the mess inside our country.

Amnesty? I don’t care. Close the border first.
Guest Worker Program? I don’t care. Close the border first.
Naturalization? I don’t care. Close the border first.

People may claim that illegal aliens are contributing to our economy, but in truth we’re providing subsidized health care and public schooling for criminals. (Yes, they’re criminals. They’re illegal. Sheesh.)

I don’t think the US Senate understands that. I’ve half a brain to barge into the Senate Building as an undocumented legislator and pass my own dang bill. The only reason I don’t is because with half a brain I think I’m overqualified.

Close the Border. Then deal with the other issues.

The Left Hates Inequality

On the surface, that doesn’t sound so bad. The Left hates inequality. Nobody need be better or worse than anybody else.

Trouble is, enforced equality is socialism, communism. Instead of bringing people up from the bottom, equality is enforced by shackling the achievers. When you see a special tax on oil profits, opposition to school vouchers, and tax breaks, you’re seeing opposition to programs designed to make people equal.

Dennis Prager at Townhall has an excellent article on this, be sure to read the whole thing. Here’s a snippet:

From the 1930s to the 1950s, liberals and social democrats vigorously opposed communism. But the rest of the world’s Left, especially its intellectuals and artists, not only did not oppose communist governments, they were the greatest defenders of communism.

By the end of the Vietnam War (begun and prosecuted by liberals), however, most liberals abandoned anti-tyranny, anti-evil liberalism and joined the rest of the Left. Thus, when President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” the liberal world condemned him. The Cold War, once regarded as an epochal battle between freedom and tyranny, came to be regarded by liberals as an amoral battle between “two superpowers.”

Likewise liberals almost universally mocked President George W. Bush when he labeled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, North Korea and Iran an “axis of evil.” It takes a mind that either has little comprehension of evil or little desire to confront it to object to characterizing three of the worst regimes in modern history as “evil.”

How else can one explain the Left’s enchantment with Fidel Castro, the totalitarian ruler of Cuba? Clearly his evil is of little consequence. What matters to people on the Left is that there is free health care and almost universal literacy in Cuba. Whereas non-leftists believe that it is far better to be illiterate but free, leftists believe that it is better to be a literate slave.

Today, this inability to either recognize or to hate evil is manifested in the liberal opposition to the war in Iraq. As I pointed out in a previous column, opponents of the war should be asked to at least acknowledge that America is fighting evil people and an evil doctrine in Iraq. But even that is difficult, if not impossible, for most people on the Left.

As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don’t hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil. That is how liberals went from anti-communist to anti-anti-communist. To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful. So, George W. Bush, not the Islamic terror world, is the Left’s villain; life-embracing Israel is the Left’s villain, not their death-loving enemies; and religious Christians who note moral weaknesses within the Islamic world are the real danger, not the moral weaknesses within the Islamic world.

Kerry's Stunt Backfires

Despite the best effort of the liberal media (headline reads “Kerry Backer Tries in Vain to Get Protest to Bush“), John Kerry’s stunt went over like a lead balloon yesterday. He organized Max Cleland, the disabled ex-Senator, to deliver a letter to President Bush at his Crawford ranch. Of course it was a stunt; he could have Fedexed it if it wasn’t a stunt. The letter basically said, “Veterans are being mean to me just because I called them baby-killers and it’s all your fault tell them to stop blah blah blah.”

Bush was busy and had no interest in playing into Kerry’s stunt. He arranged to other veterans to meet Cleland at a security checkpoint with his own letter. Cleland was particular about who he wanted to give the letter to; apparently he’d rather give it to a Secret Service agent instead of Texas State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, former Marine. Rather than give the letter to Patterson, Cleland left so that the Kerry campaign could complain that Bush wouldn’t meet them.

Patterson had his own letter for Cleland, signed by several Texas veterans.

August 25, 2004

Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Kerry,

We are pleased to welcome your campaign representatives to Texas today. We honor all our veterans, all whom have worn the uniform and served our country. We also honor the military and National Guard troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today. We are very proud of all of them and believe they deserve our full support.

That’s why so many veterans are troubled by your vote AGAINST funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, after you voted FOR sending them into battle. And that’s why we are so concerned about the comments you made AFTER you came home from Vietnam. You accused your fellow veterans of terrible atrocities – and, to this day, you have never apologized. Even last night, you claimed to be proud of your post-war condemnation of our actions.

We’re proud of our service in Vietnam. We served honorably in Vietnam and we were deeply hurt and offended by your comments when you came home.

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t build your convention and much of your campaign around your service in Vietnam, and then try to say that only those veterans who agree with you have a right to speak up. There is no double standard for our right to free speech. We all earned it.

You said in 1992 “we do not need to divide America over who served and how.” Yet you and your surrogates continue to criticize President Bush for his service as a fighter pilot in the National Guard.

We are veterans too – and proud to support President Bush. He’s been a strong leader, with a record of outstanding support for our veterans and for our troops in combat. He’s made sure that our troops in combat have the equipment and support they need to accomplish their mission.

He has increased the VA health care budget more than 40% since 2001 – in fact, during his four years in office, President Bush has increased veterans funding twice as much as the previous administration did in eight years ($22 billion over 4 years compared to $10 billion over 8.) And he’s praised the service of all who served our country, including your service in Vietnam.

We urge you to condemn the double standard that you and your campaign have enforced regarding a veteran’s right to openly express their feelings about your activities on return from Vietnam.

Sincerely,

Texas State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Rep. Duke Cunningham
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Sam Johnson
Lt. General David Palmer
Robert O’Malley, Medal of Honor Recipient
James Fleming, Medal of Honor Recipient
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Castle (Ret.)

Chronicle Having Trouble Praising Kerry

In an unsigned editorial this morning, the Chronicle praises John Kerry’s speech last night. Kerry’s promises were especially appealing:

Whatever shortcomings Kerry’s well-crafted speech might have had, it contained no shortage of promises. Fulfilling even one — providing universal and affordable health care — would make Kerry a success where Bill and Hillary Clinton failed.

Promises are easy to make in an election year, but Kerry’s made almost no attempt to explain how he’s going to fulfill these promises. The promise to reduce dependency on foreign oil? Although he might be able to spur research into alternative fuels (something Bush is already doing), the possibility of a useful alternative during a presidency is slim. We’re still a decade away, maybe more.

He *could* promise to drill in ANWR which would reduce dependency immediately, but he can’t do that without alienating his base.

Providing universal and affordable healthcare? Another easy promise – it’s not free, so his 3/4 of a trillion dollar proposal could only be paid by taxes. Since he’s also promising to balance the budget, he must also be promising to hike taxes through the roof.

Promise to add more and higher paying jobs? How exactly would the US government do that? How is he going to fight terrorism without going to war? How is he going to provide cleaner air? How, how, how? He might as well promise we’re all going to be taller and lose weight, too.

The Chronicle’s bias is readily apparent with this:

In a dig at the Bush family’s ties to Saudi Arabia, Kerry promised to invest in alternative energy forms to replace dependence on foreign oil.

What family ties? I think the Chronicle has drunk the Kool-Aid and watched Michael Moore’s convoluted attempt at showing somehow the Bush family and the bin Laden family are somehow related via the Carlyle Group.

I remain unimpressed by John Kerry’s promises. The Chronicle has attempted to paint Kerry as somebody real, that not only has positions of his own but isn’t just some “Anybody But Bush”. But all the Chronicle can do is parrot the impossible, empty promises.

I wrote this for Chronically Biased this morning, but Anne beat me to the punch. I’m going to have to get up earlier.

Selected Quotes

Selected quotes from today’s “The Federalist“:

Too many in the media act as if decency is a violation of the First Amendment.” –Thomas Sowell

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” –P.J. O’Rourke

“The courage of our military has brought us to this hopeful day [of Iraqi sovereignty], and the continued service of our military assures the success of our cause. In Iraq, we’re serving the cause of liberty, and liberty is always worth fighting for.” –President George W. Bush

“By Senator Kerry’s definition, things actually got better during the Carter years and then got worse during the Reagan-Bush years. That makes a total of two people who remember the late ’70s as a golden age of the American economy — Jimmy Carter and John Kerry. By now, even Jimmy Carter is probably beginning to have his doubts.” –Vice President Dick Cheney

“When the Berlin Wall fell, the perpetual Right in America, which always needs an enemy, didn’t have an enemy anymore, so I had to serve as the next best thing.” –Bill Clinton

“Many of you are well enough off that…the tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” –Sen. Hillary Clinton

“It seems that many journalists are so invested in the story line that ‘BUSH LIED!!!! about WMDs’ that they wouldn’t acknowledge otherwise if they themselves were gassed.” –James Taranto