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In the News

My motivation to post has been a little sapped lately because the decline of the rule of law seems so obvious these days that I hardly feel it is necessary for me to point it out.  But if you haven’t noticed, here are a few things you should be outraged by.

1.  If you haven’t heard about the New Black Panthers, you’re probably watching MSNBC… If that’s the case, you should read this story and be outraged that the justice department (!) is apparently pursuing a different standard of justice for people of one color than another and much of the media doesn’t think this is an interesting story. 

2.  On the healthcare front we have a new development. Your waistline is now a public concern.  (If you haven’t read them already see “Insurance Vs. Welfare” and “First They Came for the Salt.”).  Here is some more professional commentary along the same lines.  Here is one of the smartest guys on tv on the issue.  Notice that at the end, the one guy figures it out and the chick making the big brother argument is speechless, haha.  Let me point out a few specifics about what’s going on here.  First, this was in the stimulus bill.  What does this have to do with stimulus and is it a coincidence that this was passed before healthcare reform?  We wouldn’t want any hate mongers frightening people by spreading false information about the healthcare bill giving the government power to monitor your health… Second, notice how they get these things done.  In the thousands of pages of supposed “stimulus” there is a vague provision giving some poorly defined powers to some poorly defined government regulator.

The National Coordinator shall, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology), update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (developed as of June 3, 2008) to include specific objectives, milestones, and metrics with respect to the following: (i) The electronic exchange and use of health information and the enterprise integration of such information.‘(ii) The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.

Nobody knows what this means because it doesn’t say what it means.  Then later an unknown regulator decides what it means and tells us (we have to pass the bill before we find out what’s in it).  What it really means is “an unspecified regulator can do whatever they want.”  Third, notice that the way they are making providers comply is not by actually making a law forcing them to (that would be unconstitutional silly…) but by withholding all their medicare and Medicaid subsidies if they don’t (recall this post ).  Finally notice whom Obama appointed to run medicare and Medicaid in a recess appointment in order to avoid a public debate about his positions.  I wonder if that’s because they didn’t want a repeat of the episode where Elena Kagan couldn’t answer the question “does the commerce clause give the government the power to force me to eat a certain amount of vegetables?”

3.  Finally, can anybody explain to me a good reason why we shouldn’t be able to videotape the police in public?  I could explain to you a bad reason… a very bad reason…..

4. Even more finally, while I was writing this, Glenn Beck came on the tv behind me and dropped a pretty big bomb.  I will post a link to it when it becomes available.

Aright now that that’s all out of the way I will try to do something more original.

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