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Saturday, September 26, 2009

A letter to the editor in today's Post Dispatch arguing for government involvement in health care used the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) as an example of a government entity that actually was successful and did what it set out to do when it was created in 1935. True, within a decade or so the REA had brought electricity to almost all of rural America, something the utility companies had been unwilling to do since it would not have been cost effective for a private sector company to attempt.

So, its founding mission achieved, the REA was shut down and its employees dispersed to jobs in the private sector or other government agencies where they could provide their real world insights on how to set and accomplish goals while providing wise oversight of taxpayer dollars. Well, not exactly. Outside of Greek mythology the only example of actual immortality can be found in federal government agencies. They never die.

Once the REA didn't have power lines to run out to the barns of America any longer it added telephone service to its mandate and even today, as the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) it carries on with a multi-billion dollar budget to provide funding for, among other things, broadband internet service so that rural Americans won't have to wait more than a few seconds for their porn to download. The RUS has also expanded its definition of "rural" to include towns of 20,000 people, which would apparently include my hometown of Bay Village, Ohio, in the hinterlands of suburban Cleveland.

So just understand that if the federal government gets involved in providing or managing health care in this country the law of unintended consequences will be passed along with the rest of the legislation that creates the National Health Service (NHS), the Department of Motor Vehicles and Surgery (DMVS), or the Office of Universal Care Hospitals (OUCH). It won't have any sunset provisions either, because unlike prosperity, government agencies last forever.

Monday, September 21, 2009

No: Alternatives Are Simply -

Next time you see one of those ads calling for "creating green jobs" consider this:

So, to meet the target the climate campaigners have set, the U.S., Europe and Japan will have to replace virtually their entire fossil-fuel energy infrastructure. For the U.S., the 80% target means reducing fossil-fuel greenhouse-gas emissions to a level the nation last experienced in 1910. On a per-capita basis, we'd have to go back to the level of about 1875.

It is not even clear the goal of replacing fossil fuels can be accomplished at any cost, a point the International Energy Agency raised in its most recent annual energy forecast: "Even leaving aside any debate about the political feasibility of the 450 Policy Scenario, it is uncertain whether the scale of the transformation envisaged is even technically achievable, as the scenario assumes broad deployment of technologies that have not yet been proven. The technology shift, if achievable, would certainly be unprecedented in scale and speed of deployment."

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The convenient fantasies of President Obama | Washington Examiner

Michael Barone lays out the problem with Obama's plans- magical thinking.

There is an element of convenient fantasy as well in Obama's health care statements to date. We are going to save money by spending money. We are going to solve our fiscal problems with a program that will increase the national debt by $1,000,000,000,000 over a decade. We are going to guarantee you can keep your current insurance with a bill that encourages your employer to stop offering it.

The list goes on. We are going to improve health care for seniors by cutting $500,000,000,000 from Medicare. We aren't going to insure illegal aliens, except that we won't have any verification provisions to see that they can't apply and get benefits.

Most politicians like to promise voters all good things at once. Democrats got in the habit of doing this over the past 14 years when they could not pass legislation by themselves. Van Jones' moment in the White House is over. Exposure of his record in conservative media made him politically unacceptable, even though mainstream outlets like the New York Times ignored the issue entirely.

The Democrats' health insurance bills remain under consideration, and with large majorities in both houses, passage of some bill cannot be ruled out. But August town hall meetings and national polls have put the Democrats on the defensive. No-enemies-to-the-left and convenient fantasies may work in Chicago. They don't work so well when your constituency is the whole United States.

Saturday, August 15, 2009