Monday, December 20, 2010

Cruising the Web

Jeff Jacoby probes the major weakness of Mitt Romney's candidacy - his own health care policies when he was governor of Massachusetts. Romney won't be able to get away with trying to pretend that there are major differences between RomneyCare and ObamaCare. He will be twisting himself up into a pretzel trying to explain why the state mandating people buy insurance is so much better than the federal government doing so. Yes, there is the Constitutional question of the federal power to compel states to do so. But there is also the moral question of whether any government authority should have that power. Romney thought so when he implemented the law. He will have to defend that position today.

Jon Stewart takes on Michael Steele and it's very funny and quite to the point. One little thought - can you imagine the uproar if Comedy Central chose to portray President Obama as a blue muppet? Just sayin'. But Michael Steele is an easy target - perhaps that is why Chris Cilizza crowns him as the winner of the Worst Year in Washington.

And while you're enjoying humor, here is the opening SNL sketch about the daydreams of some leading Democrats.

And here is JibJab's look at how Obama and Biden are eager for 2010 to be over.

Jazz Show at Hot Air blows a gasket over the concerns about how PFC Bradley Manning, the guy suspected of leaking the cables to WikiLeaks, is being treated as he is held at Quantico.

Oh darn. The Senate passed the new Food Safety Bill last night by unanimous consent. Now we'll see if the federal government will be coming after school bake sales.

Harry Reid's office cites Lady Gaga's meat dress as somehow a reason why the Republicans should go ahead and approve the START Treaty. He's trying to deny that there hasn't been enough time for senators to evaluate the treaty. He might also like to explain why, in all that time, he didn't bother to introduce the treaty to the Senate before the election.

Megan McArdle poses an intriguing question
: if the government is now arguing that helath insurance premiums are really a tax, "could it possibly be legal to define the health insurance premiums as a tax? As far as I'm aware, it's not legal for a third party to collect and disburse US government tax revenues with relatively minimal oversight, which is what we're talking about here."

A newly elected Republican Representative from Florida, David Rivera, is already under investigation for corruption. If he's guilty of taking bribes from the owners of the Flagler Dog Track, the GOP leadership should dump the guy as quickly as they can. Don't let this case hang around as long as some of the other ethics cases in the House have done in the past.

Here's a look at Andrew Mason
, the guy who founded Groupon.

Just in case you had any doubt about the connections between unions and the riot/protests in England over cuts in government spending, a union head praises the "magnificent" students' movement against government cuts that involved attacking the car carrying the Prince of Wales and his wife.

Another strike against ethanol - it causes failures in gas pumps.


lorraine_lanning said...

Here's something no one has mentioned about the MA healthcare program.

My small company in CO was bought out by a large international company headquartered in the UK with offices all over the world, including MA and FL here in the US.

To provide healthcare benefits, they were able to shop around for the best program in MA, FL and CO. Guess who won? That's right, MA.

Our healthcare benefits are $100/month for FAMILY coverage, which is an unbelievably low price. Not per paycheck, per month. They are also mandated by law to cover kids up to age 26, so my daughter (19) was already covered, even without Obamacare.

Our combo dental/vision package is $26/month for family and covers 50% of dental implants, something no other insurance company covers as far as I know.

The kicker is that we get those benefits, but don't have to pay for them like the MA constituents do. A great deal if you can get it.

Pat Patterson said...

I don't think that, aside from campaign rhetoric and misrepresentation, Gov Romney will have that particular albatross as a neck tie. One of the main arguments against the mandate was that it was unconstitional in the light of the 9th and 10th Amendments. If the states want to do such a thing that is another issue and one they might be defeated at the ballot box or the courts but not by a usurping power.