Monday, April 21, 2014

Cruising the Web

Gosh, people don't seem so eager to belong to a union when they are no longer forced to pay for membership by the government. Such a surprise, no?

Ann Althouse isn't too impressed with Obama's analogy of Republican resistance to Obamacare as going through the Kübler-Ross model for dealing with dying.
The stages Obama failed to enumerate are: 3. bargaining, 4. depression, and 5. acceptance. Maybe he didn't want to say bargaining, because he doesn't want his party to have to bargain with the other side. He just wants the GOP to get over it. The analogy to dying is, once again, terrible. Because in the stages of death scenario, the dying person seeks to avert death by somehow finding a way to make a deal, perhaps with God. Obama doesn't want to talk about deal-making. He wants the Republicans to give up and die already.

As for depression, I guess he's hoping the GOP will reach that point, but that's unlikely in this election year, and clearly he knows it. Ditto acceptance. But let's not talk about "all that stuff."

By the way, the Kübler-Ross model isn't too scientific. And to tell someone who's angry and unaccepting of a political situation that they should go away until they've accepted what is being done to them sounds to me like taunting and bullying. There's absolutely no reason why they should back down because some of their emotions correspond to Kübler-Ross's (bogus) stages. You're saying if someone doesn't believe that a political cause is dying or feels angry at the idea that it's dying, all you need to do is wait out the process, because bargaining and depression need to occur and then you win because finally there will be acceptance. Infuriating nonsense! It only intensifies and justifies the anger. Your opponents aren't just going through a "stage," and you sound inert and supercilious talking about them that way.
Well, yeah, but then superciliousness is one of the stages Obama does best.

Just another story that I'm sure Harry Reid and Barack Obama would call a lie about how one woman with a neurological disorder has found that, because of Obamacare, she can neither keep her doctor nor get her medications.
Figueroa — who has a neurological disorder — said she enrolled in a new EmblemHealth insurance program in February as required under the Affordable Care Act. And that’s when her problems began.

After paying her premium, she received a temporary ID card. But when she went to order medication, the pharmacists said her name wasn’t in the system. And she said her doctors were not included in her new medical plan.
“They just don’t have enough doctors. Two of them are full to capacity, and the others aren’t even in my radius. There are some who don’t even speak English,” the Arden Heights resident said during a press conference with Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm.

“Now I have to find a whole new set of doctors. The doctors I had were familiar with my condition. I’ve had my neurologist for years. You want to stay with someone who’s been in your brain and knows what’s going on.”
Not having a regular doctor has put her in a Catch-22: A patient can’t get medication without a prescription from a doctor.

Figueroa takes five different medications a day, including 60 milligrams of morphine.
“I’ve been sick. I’ve had chills, a lot of vomiting. The pain is unbearable. I’ve had insomnia. I lost 23 pounds,” she said. “Who’s going to write the scrips if I don’t have a primary-care doctor? They’ve been giving us the runaround.”

Hillary Clinton, apparently, approved a change in U.S. policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan. The result was that millions of U.S. aid went to corrupt cabinet officials in the Afghan government. Her defenders are now saying that she wasn't really involved even though the memo instituting the policy change stated that the decision had been "reaffirmed by Secretary of State Clinton." I guess this was just like she never saw the memos asking for more security at our consulate in Benghazi. But, don't forget, she was the best Secretary of State evah! I guess that saying it is so over and over makes it so.

Sooo. Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at Fort Hood was only perpetrating "workplace violence," but supporters of Cliven Bundy are domestic terrorist. The Democrats have strange priorities.

John Hinderaker reports on "the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer," the billionaire who is planning to spend $100 million on green Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline.
Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate rent-seeker who depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his “green” energy investments profitable. He also is, or was until recently, a major investor in Kinder Morgan, which is building a competitor to the Keystone pipeline. Go here, here, here, here, here and here for more information about how Steyer uses his political donations and consequent connections to enhance his already vast fortune.

But Steyer’s hypocrisy goes still deeper. Today, he is a bitter opponent of fossil fuels, especially coal. That fits with his current economic interests: banning coal-fired power plants will boost the value of his solar projects. But it was not always thus. In fact, Steyer owes his fortune in large part to the fact that he has been one of the world’s largest financers of coal projects. Tom Steyer was for coal before he was against it.(See original for the links.)
Of course, yet another delay in making a decision on the pipeline allows Democrats to have their cake and eat it too.
The real reason for the delay is Democratic politics. Mr. Steyer and the party's liberal financiers are climate-change absolutists who have made killing Keystone a non-negotiable demand. But the White House doesn't want to reject the pipeline before November because several Senate Democrats running for re-election claim to favor it. We say "claim" because Louisiana's Mary Landrieu and others can't even get Majority Leader Harry Reid to give them a vote on the floor.

So Senate Democrats get to have it both ways. They can benefit this year from the riches of Mr. Steyer, who pronounced himself well pleased by the delay. But they can also run in support of the XL pipeline and the thousands of new jobs it would create. Then President Obama can formally nix it next year.
And as a further mark of hypocrisy, they can whine over and over about the Koch brothers while pocketing the contributions from Steyer. Isn't being a Democrat wonderful?

All the discussion about income inequality ignores one of the most important factors driving such inequality - single-parent families.

Is your doctor spending only 10-15 minutes with you? Such rushing has become common, due to Medicare regulations, and is about to become a whole lot more common. Blame Obamacare.

John Kerry trumpets that he is "the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years." And this matters why?

This is amazing. The Netherlands had charged Holocaust survivors for back taxes on their property while they were in concentration camps and the Nazis were occupying that property.

Mollie Hemingway ponders why feminists are insecure.

Ed Driscoll interviews James Delingpole, author of The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism: The Left’s Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes!

John Hawkins has a series of 10 "guess the bigot" questions.