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Death Pamphlets

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction, Healthcare, Iraq on August 20, 2009 by mb007bpd

I didn’t expect my next post to involve something that made me simply sick to my stomach.

Apparently, the rightfully-derided “end-of-life counseling” that has been recently dropped from the healthcare bill already exists in government-healthcare…at the VA.

The Orwellian-titled “Your Life, Your Choices” contains some appalling questions:

There is a section which provocatively asks, “Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘If I’m a vegetable, pull the plug’?” There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as “I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” “I am a severe financial burden on my family” and that the vet’s situation “causes severe emotional burden for my family.”

To our veterans: our country has asked all that it can of you.  And for our government to ask, in return, that you sacrifice your life for us twice does not make me proud of my country.

(By the way, note that this pamphlet was introduced in 1997 under Clinton, suspended under Bush, and is now being reinstated under Obama.

Maybe conservatives are right when they claim that liberals hate the military.)

UPDATE (8/24): More VA failures exposed: 1,200 veterans told they had fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease, when in fact they didn’t.

And it took over a week for the problem to be corrected.

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Capitalist Pig Slayed in Fresno County

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction on August 6, 2009 by mb007bpd

Here in Fresno County, the average summer day can top well over 100 degrees.

This little girl thought of a great idea (and say, isn’t our government insisting that we stay properly hydrated?)

Good thing they stopped her before she made some evil record profits and bought golden Crayolas.

What a way to punish entrepreneurship among the most impressionable in our society.

CO2 Regulations: Now With More Schizophrenia!

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction, Environmentalism on August 3, 2009 by mb007bpd

From Autoblog (a link worth checking out for drool-worthy hi-res Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG pics) via the Wall Street Journal:

Under a provision of a plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration has proposed to set less stringent standards for car makers that sell fewer than 400,000 vehicles a year in the U.S. That target defines the major German brands as well as a few smaller Asian manufacturers such as Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

So which companies does this hurt the most?  Those that sell more than 400,000 vehicles per year in the US.  According to 2008 sales figures, that would mean that General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai would still fall under the most stringent across-the-lineup requirements.  Heck, Chevy and Ford each sell more than 400,000 Silverado and F-Series pickups per year.

In essence, this regulation hurts companies which produce most of the cars that people drive; cars that are the most affordable means of transportation.

David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Michigan, said the provision would hand “a distinct competitive advantage” to German and other exempted companies that compete with the major U.S. and Japanese brands in the U.S.

Well at least someone knows economics.

And companies that produce less than 400,000 vehicles (the target beneficiaries of these regulations) don’t fare much better:

  • With sales drops in June of 78%, Suzuki can barely cling onto the US market, and Mitsubishi is close behind at 48%.
  • Mercedes and BMW both build their SUVs here in Tuscaloosa, AL and Spartanburg, SC, respectively.  Despite the fact that these aren’t “American companies”, both are responsible for employing thousands of Americans.  These regulations constrict their ability to produce SUVs, first and foremost.
  • Kia is a subsidiary of Hyundai.
  • Mazda is associated with Ford.
  • VW, which is now with Porsche, has combined sales nearing that 400,000 vehicle mark.

Autoblog makes an interesting point:

Nonetheless, these foreign automakers would still have an advantage over a company like General Motors, which competes directly against them with some cars such as the of the Corvette ZR1 and Cadillac CTS-V.

This is true.  Mercedes AMG and BMW M performance divisions would have a competitive advantage against Cadillac’s V-Series.

If anyone in the Obama administration knew anything about cars, they would know that the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette ZR1 are some of the best cars that GM has made in the past two decades, getting rave reviews from the New York Times and Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson:

The Cadillac marches double-time into battle against anything from Germany or Japan. If only all of G.M.’s models showed this kind of commitment and competitiveness.  (NYT)

The ZR1 has a supercharged V8 that manages to be both docile and extraordinarily savage all at the same time. Out of nowhere, this is my car of the year.  (Clarkson)

But, remember who is in charge of Government Motors now?  The guy who doesn’t know anything about cars.

And who put that guy in charge?

Automotive Eugenics

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction, Congress, Environmentalism, Spending on August 1, 2009 by mb007bpd

Imagine this scenario.  Grandma Betty, Uncle Rufus, etc. are getting a little long in the tooth.  They’re not as efficient with the healthcare system as they used to be, as they require more tune-ups and procedures to keep them running smooth.  Suddenly, it’s decided that in order to save money, we’re not going to go through expensive measures to keep them running in tip-top shape.  Eventually, we come to the conclusion that they’ve had a good run, but for the good of the environment, it’s they’re time to go.  But don’t worry.  It will be painless.  A little injection of chemical and they won’t even know what hit them.

The above scenario describes a possible, albeit extended extrapolation of ObamaCare.  Obama himself has admitted as much that “cutting costs” = “cutting procedures”.  However, it’s not that far off to assume that with such a drastic change to the healthcare system that “life-ending” procedures will be performed in greater numbers, at least among the “terminally ill” (determined by whom?  The government, of course!)

Now, substitute your car for Grandma Betty and Uncle Rufus, and you have ObAutoCare, also known as “Cash for Clunkers”.  In fact, the program was such a success, it ran out of money in three days.  The parallels are eerie.  Under the guise of “saving money” (a rebate) you’re encouraged to turn in that boring old jalopy for a shiny, new, fuel-efficient, “American” car.  Of course, there’s no consideration for the fact that having a bunch of used cars taken off the road can cause price increases in the used-car market (which is SO helpful to people who can’t always afford a new car and need to buy a used one…way to help lower-income Americans!)  This cog in the car market wheel, rife with loopholes, resulting in a backed-up system…

Wait a second…

Sounds similar to ObamaCare!

Autos are the closest, most-widely used machine that man has made similar to itself.  Take a look at the face of a Beetle or this Fisker Karma and tell me they don’t look like people.  In fact, Toyota’s Pod concept car actually changes colors based on the driver’s mood.  You may never love cars as much as this guy, but I know most people who aren’t that far off (myself included).

So when a video like this pops up, it’s hard not to cringe.  I still have not brought myself to watch it yet.  However, due to ObAutoCare, thousands of cars met this same fate the past week.  Good cars.  Reliable cars.  Cars that could’ve been donated to someone in need or bought by a family who needs transport.  Instead they will go off to a metal scrapyard somewhere, a little piece of automotive history destroyed.

In the name of “cutting costs”, we have turned to Automotive Eugenics (courtesy of your neighborhood congressman!)  How long will it be before in the same name of “cutting costs” and courtesy of the same dipstick who represents your district we will turn towards actual eugenics?

UPDATE: (8/24):  Cash for Clunkers finally bit the dust today, and good riddance.  Ed Morrissey has the obit.

H for Hysteria

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction, Congress, Healthcare, Spending on July 23, 2009 by mb007bpd

After listening to all the healthcare hoopla in the media, and today’s announcement about the bill in Congress being postponed until after the August recess, I couldn’t help but think of something.  Notice how hysterical the coverage has been of swine flu in the past couple of weeks.  Is that a coincidence?  Or, is it “the illusion of coincidence”?

The postponing of the healthcare bill until after the recess may seem to put Congress at a disadvantage.  It’s clear they can’t pass it now, otherwise they already would have done so.  The support for universal healthcare has fallen to a stunning 19.6% among Facebook users, a generally young and Obama-friendly demographic.  Including likely blowback from cap-and-trade, congressmen are reticent to make another vote that could endanger their likelihood of reelection in 2010.

However, why would Reid and Pelosi put themselves at such a disadvantage?  There has to be another reason.  As we steadily approach flu season in the fall, the media panic over it will continue to increase.  By the time Congress plans to vote on this bill after the recess, the media will have demanded increased government response to the flu “epidemic”, undoubtedly drawing President Obama to extol the virtues of his plan when it comes to dealing with mass immunizations and other measures to deal with said “epidemic”.  The last time the government tried mass-immunizations for a swine flu “epidemic”, the death count was swine flu 1, vaccine 25.  They’ve already got the kids scared with the panic over Ron Weasley from Harry Potter being stricken with swine flu.

This whole kabuki theatre is reminiscent of V for Vendetta, where a government-and-pharmaceutical-supported media intimidated the populace with pandemics, epidemics, and every other “demic” you could think of.  And before you chide me for citing a movie when it comes to healthcare, ask President Morpheus.