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I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said. 

William F. Buckley, Jr.

2007/8/1

democrats Try to Sneak Ripoff Universal Health Care in Wisconsin

@ 07:58 PM (86 months, 6 days ago)

 

Cheese Headcases

Wisconsin reveals the cost of "universal" health care.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT

When Louis Brandeis praised the 50 states as "laboratories of democracy," he didn't claim that every policy experiment would work. So we hope the eyes of America will turn to Wisconsin, and the effort by Madison Democrats to make that "progressive" state a Petri dish for government-run health care.

This exercise is especially instructive, because it reveals where the "single-payer," universal coverage folks end up. Democrats who run the Wisconsin Senate have dropped the Washington pretense of incremental health-care reform and moved directly to passing a plan to insure every resident under the age of 65 in the state. And, wow, is "free" health care expensive. The plan would cost an estimated $15.2 billion, or $3 billion more than the state currently collects in all income, sales and corporate income taxes. It represents an average of $510 a month in higher taxes for every Wisconsin worker.

Employees and businesses would pay for the plan by sharing the cost of a new 14.5% employment tax on wages. Wisconsin businesses would have to compete with out-of-state businesses and foreign rivals while shouldering a 29.8% combined federal-state payroll tax, nearly double the 15.3% payroll tax paid by non-Wisconsin firms for Social Security and Medicare combined.

This employment tax is on top of the $1 billion grab bag of other levies that Democratic Governor Jim Doyle proposed and the tax-happy Senate has also approved, including a $1.25 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, a 10% hike in the corporate tax, and new fees on cars, trucks, hospitals, real estate transactions, oil companies and dry cleaners. In all, the tax burden in the Badger State could rise to 20% of family income, which is slightly more than the average federal tax burden. "At least federal taxes pay for an Army and Navy," quips R.J. Pirlot of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce business lobby.

As if that's not enough, the health plan includes a tax escalator clause allowing an additional 1.5 percentage point payroll tax to finance higher outlays in the future. This could bring the payroll tax to 16%. One reason to expect costs to soar is that the state may become a mecca for the unemployed, uninsured and sick from all over North America. The legislation doesn't require that you have a job in Wisconsin to qualify, merely that you live in the state for at least 12 months. Cheesehead nation could expect to attract health-care free-riders while losing productive workers who leave for less-taxing climes.

Proponents use the familiar argument for national health care that this will save money (about $1.8 billion a year) through efficiency gains by eliminating the administrative costs of private insurance. And unions and some big businesses with rich union health plans are only too happy to dump these liabilities onto the government.

But those costs won't vanish; they'll merely shift to all taxpayers and businesses. Small employers that can't afford to provide insurance would see their employment costs rise by thousands of dollars per worker, while those that now provide a basic health insurance plan would have to pay $400 to $500 a year more per employee.

The plan is also openly hostile to market incentives that contain costs. Private companies are making modest progress in sweating out health-care inflation by making patients more cost-conscious through increased copayments, health savings accounts, and incentives for wellness. The Wisconsin program moves in the opposite direction: It reduces out-of-pocket copayments, bars money-saving HSA plans, and increases the number of mandated medical services covered under the plan.

So where will savings come from? Where they always do in any government plan: Rationing via price controls and, as costs rise, waiting periods and coverage restrictions. This is Michael Moore's medical dream state.

The last line of defense against this plan are the Republicans who run the Wisconsin House. So far they've been unified and they recently voted the Senate plan down. Democrats are now planning to take their ideas to the voters in legislative races next year, and that's a debate Wisconsinites should look forward to. At least Wisconsin Democrats are admitting how much it will cost Americans to pay for government-run health care. Would that Washington Democrats were as forthright.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/7/24

DNC Releases Agenda for 2008 democrat Convention

@ 11:25 PM (86 months, 14 days ago)

 

burning.

7:15 P.M. Pledge of allegiance to U.N.

7:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

7:30 - 8:00 P.M. Nonreligious prayer and worship -- Jessie Jackson and Al
Sharpton.

8:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

8:05 P.M. Ceremonial tree hugging.

8:15- 8:30 P.M. Gay Wedding-- Barney Frank Presiding.

8:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

8:35 P.M. Free Saddam Rally -- Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon.

9:00 P.M. Keynote speech. The proper etiquette for surrender--
French President Jacques Chirac

9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund.

9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay --
Sean Penn.

9:40 P.M. "Why I hate the Military", a short talk by William Jefferson
Clinton.

9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

9:50 P.M. Dan Rather presented the Truth in Broadcasting award, by Michael
Moore.

9:55 P.M., Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

10:00 P.M. How George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld brought down the World
Trade Center Towers-- Howard Dean.

10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.

11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents Internet.

11:15 P.M. Our Troops are War criminals-- John Kerry.

11:30 P.M. Coronation Of Ms. Rodham Clinton.

12:00 A.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a toast

12:05 A.M. Bill asks Ted to drive Hillary home.

 

Copywrite 2007  -  Barry G.

2007/4/12

How to Know You Are Knocking on a democrat's Door

@ 01:42 AM (89 months, 28 days ago)

 

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OR...POSTED ON hillary, pelosi, o'donnell,  couric's OR olbermann's DOORS

 

2006/10/11

Jim Leyland of the Tigers Has a Real Strategy - Democrats use strategy of ambiguity on Iraq - No Plan - Just Criticism

@ 11:12 PM (96 months, 4 hours ago)

 

This is the first honest thing said or written by a demlib in a long time.  Jim Leyland has more intellectual honesty than a 25 man roster of demlibs.  Why bother with facts and specifics when ambiguous innuendo filled criticism works.  Sounds nazi like to me.  Stir the pot.  Criticize a plan while not having one.  The demlibs are AFRAID to even say they have a strategy because they have NO ANSWERS if they would be asked questions.  Chickenshits.

Republicans have taken a battering over Iraq, but it's not because voters believe Democrats have a clear strategy for ending the conflict and bringing American soldiers home.

"If you ask people out on the street what the message is, they wouldn't know," said Joan Lowery, a 60-year-old insurance company manager, at a recent Democratic fund-raiser in Cincinnati.

Lowery is not alone. Only a quarter of Americans think Democrats in the Congress have a clear plan for Iraq, far less than the 36 percent who believe the president has one, a USA Today/Gallup poll in mid-September found.

Ambiguity has been part of the Democratic strategy on Iraq all along and has worked quite well, they said.

"For a lot of Democrats it is a very successful strategy to simply mirror the voters' underlying discontent with the war, but not to offer specifics that make them a vulnerable target," said Matthew Woessner, an assistant professor of public policy at Pennsylvania State University.

He cited the Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate as an example. The Democratic challenger, Bob Casey, running against Republican incumbent Rick Santorum, has opposed the status quo but been vague about what to do about Iraq.

"For Casey it has been a very effective strategy, because Casey knows that he is in a position to capitalize on the president's weakness on Iraq, without giving Santorum specific targets to fire at," Woessner said.

When Democratic politicians like Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania offered detailed plans, they gave Republicans the opportunity to expose them to public scrutiny.

"It is when they become specific," Woessner said, "that they ... open themselves up to criticism."

"It is fear that keeps them from having a clear position," said Paulette Meier, 55, after a meeting of religious liberals in Cincinnati. "They are afraid of being seen as cut and run."

demlib chickens create policy

 

 

copywrite 2006 - Barry G.

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2006/10/8

GET YOUR RESERVATIONS IN SOON!!!! Subject: Upcoming 2008 Democratic Convention agenda!

@ 10:57 PM (96 months, 3 days ago)

 

 

Convention agenda!

 

A MESSAGE FOR THE FRENCH

 

Sponsored by hairy armpits.


6:00 p.m. - Opening flag burning ceremony.
6:05 p.m.  Opening secular prayers by Rev. Jesse

Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton.
6:30 p.m. - Anti-war concert by Barbra Streisand.
6:40 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
7:00 p.m. - Tribute theme to France.
7:10 p.m. - Collect offerings for al Zawahri defense fund.
7:25 p.m. - Tribute theme to Germany.
7:45 p.m. – Anti War rally (Moderated by Michael Moore)                          
8:25 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
8:30 p.m. - Terrorist appeasement workshop.
9:00 p.m. -Gay marriage ceremony (both male and female couples).
9:30.p.m. - * Intermission *
10:00.p.m. -Posting the Iraqi Colors by Sean Penn and Tim 

Robbins 

10:10 p.m. - Re- enactment of Kerry's fake medal toss. 

10:20.p.m. - Cameo by Dean 
'Yeeearrrrrrrg!'
10:30 p.m. - Abortion demonstration by N.A.R.A.L. 
10:40 p.m. - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
10:50 p.m. - Pledge of allegiance to the UN.
11:00 p.m. - Multiple gay marriage ceremony (threesomes, mixed and
same sex). Rep. Barney Frank (D,Mass.), Sponsor

BIG FAT WHITE MAN - MICHAEL MOORE

 

Barney Franks wet dream.


11:15 p.m. - Maximizing Welfare workshop.
11:30 p.m.
 - 'Free Saddam' pep rally.
11:59 p.m.
 - Ted Kennedy proposes a toast.
12:00 p.m.
 - Nomination of democratic candidate.
 Any chance we could get Ted Kennedy to drive Hillary home from the convention?

 

THE "REAL" HILLARY CLINTON

 

How does Bill win these things?  How come no one is asking me to get laid?

 

BILL CLINTON - HE KNOWS WHAT HE DID

 

I will never have to have sex with THAT woman again.

 

 

copywrite 2006 - Barry G.

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2006/9/30

Bill Clinton Demands Rematch with Chris Wallace - Claims He Was Sucker Punched

@ 01:04 AM (96 months, 12 days ago)

 

If Chris Wallace could hammer Clinton the way he did (no disrespect intended Chris), imagine what will happen the next time Clinton tries to get tough with an interviewer.  You would have thought he would have learned that lesson after being hammered by Hillary all those years.

FOX NEWS' CHRIS WALLACE ENDS BUBBA CLINTON'S QUEST FOR A LEGACY

Forget that shit Bill....be a Kennedy and stick to boozing and womanizing

 

copywrite 2006 - Barry G.

2006/9/2

a small dose of reality up and running again

@ 10:30 AM (97 months, 9 days ago)

 

Back in the saddle, up and running again.  Chastened and world wiser.  My naivite is substantially decreased.  I am in the process of noodling blogging in general and what I see as my blogging future.

To my many friends and supporters, a hearty thank you!

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Back in free speech land

I know a little more about some of the 'regulars' on bloghi.  One of the cabals I belong to is considering making a preemptive offer and taking over bloghi.com and cleaning house.  Time will tell.

 

 

2006/8/2

Charles Barkley - 2008 President

@ 03:00 PM (98 months, 10 days ago)

 

After serious consideration, asmalldoseofreality has determined to support Charles Barkley in the 2008 Presidential election.  Charles is the one man in the public eye in this  country unafraid to speak the truth.  Barkley makes sense.

Respectfully, Barry G.

"I don't care what people think. people are stupid."  "I love New York City; I've got a gun."  "You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black."

"I was a Republican until they lost their minds."  "(My underwear) don't even have sizes anymore, they just say 'HUGE.'"

Talk about a no spin zone.  Can you imagine the sand monkeys / camel jockeys dealing with Barkley....much less trying to outwit him in a debate?

 

A LOT MORE TO COME......


2006/7/8

DNC Starts Over....Creates New democrat Think Tank

@ 12:38 AM (99 months, 6 days ago)

Sort of an oxymoron?  They did hire a director"

DNC HIRES FIRST PERSON FOR THINK TANK