This president and his administration have sought to chill dissent. Like the political correctness fanatics which now run our universities (a movement from which Obama it should be noted emerged) who chill speech at every turn in the name of “tolerance and diversity” this president uses similar newspeak when he calls for transparency and “freedom.”
Again, marijuana or cannabis, for many an effective, non-opiate (non-physically addictive), nearly free treatment for pain is widely illegal in this country. One can however get a prescription for Oxycodone, aka hillbilly heroin, which is viciously addictive and expensive no problem. Such opiates are profitable so long as the effective, largely non-addicting, non-stupefying, nearly free option is kept out of the hands of those who want to obey the law.
We had a good article from The Washington Post, and today we’re featuring one from The Atlantic. Have the libertarians infiltrated the mass media? I don’t think so but it’s great to see crony capitalism (the huge threat) being discussed in mainstream periodicals.
How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors’ pay
Credit where credit is due. Good job Washington Post, good job.
The American Medical Association is setting the cost of surgery at rates which are way higher than what some people (you know, you, me, anyone who believes in honest pricing) thinks they should be.
And guess what? The rate the AMA sets is the rate at which Medicare pays.
The Washington Post reports on the secret FISA court and the immense power it wields, in secret.
This is what happens when all the decisions (most anyway) which affect the American economy happen in Washington DC. People with money pay top dollar to know what is going on, and an industry has grown up around this.
The president has proposed using something called a “chained consumer price index” for adjustments (which are always up) to Social Security payments. It in theory lessons the current rate of increase. Liberal and progressives are beside themselves. How could President Obama do such a thing?
Senator Menendez is a powerful guy from New Jersey. From New Jersey.
I guess if Al Sharpton can have a “news” program on MSNBC, Hilary Rosen can have a column in the Washington Post.
At AgainstCronyCapitalism.org we are for reducing the collusion between the state and business. That is our first concern and it is unlikely that we will ever officially endorse an individual candidate for president.
Saying that, I personally have written some very pro-Ron Paul pieces in this space. I am a fan of the good doctor and I believe he is the only candidate running for the GOP nod who has anything close to a clue as to how to solve the fundamental economic questions which stare this country in the face.
I have watched as the establishment has sought to marginalize Dr. Paul at every turn. They have excluded him from debates. They have ignored him in the debates. They have laughed at him. They have done everything they can to make Ron Paul look “unelectable” including calling him unelectable over and over for years.
Yet a funny thing has happened. Paul’s consistent record has shown through. People have come to him despite the name calling and the marginalization. They have come to him because his philosophy, one of personal responsibility coupled with freedom, is fundamentally American. (Though by no means exclusively so.) I believe it is this tendency in the American spirit that makes the American people “American.”