Saturday, March 31, 2012

Three for Sunday

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Story #1 tells us of Naomi Wolf calling for a boycott of Katy Perry after her Marine pop single.  #2 Mr. All of the Above when it comes to power has announced a delay of off shore drilling by 5 years.  Sure we believe you Mr. Obama. #3 looks at Obamacare and finds it to be why now? 

1.  Left calls for Katy Perry Boycott

Katy Perry transforms herself into a U.S. Marine in her latest power-pop single, "Part of Me," which addresses female empowerment and pays particular tribute to service women.

However, at least one media type doesn't support Perry's Marines shout-out.

Prominent feminist Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth" and one of many who were arrested amid the Occupy Wall Street protests last year, is urging Americans to boycott the singer, labeling her video "a total piece of propaganda for the Marines."

"I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it," Wolf wrote on her Facebook page. "It is truly shameful... I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked - if you are as offended as this glorification of violence as I am." …

So the next time you hear someone on the left say they support our troops, I would suggest a little skepticism. 

2.  Obama delays offshore drilling for another five years

Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years:

The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell notes that a planned lease sale, which the administration cancelled last year, will now be put off until at least 2018. As you might expect, Republicans were not impressed with the decision:

"The president's actions have closed an entire new area to drilling on his watch and cheats Virginians out of thousands of jobs," said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee. The announcement "continues the president's election-year political ploy of giving speeches and talking about drilling after having spent the first three years in office blocking, delaying and driving up the cost of producing energy in America," he said….

It appears we have a bi-polar president running for reelection.  First he’s against drilling, and then he says he is for it.  Now it appears he’s against it again.

3.  Healthcare and Occam Razor

…So back we go to the question I posed the other day: why “health care” and why now? The shrieking desperation on the Left — as the “reality based community” finally ran up against real reality in Washington — is an indication that there’s something far more important at stake here than “health care.” This was their time, this was their moment, and now, as Peggy Noonan notes, it’s all slipping away. Why, it’s enough to remind one of this Star Trek episode, which after all was for the children, too.

As the Gormogons point out, we have two choices when confronting the wreck of Obamacare: Either the bill was drafted by incompetent idiots or they knew exactly what they were doing:

Does Obamacare lower the costs of health insurance for all Americans? We know the answer is no, and this comes from the CBO. We also know that insurance costs have jumped up since passage. Strike this one.

Does Obamacare provide increased access to healthcare? No.

Does Obamacare provide insurance coverage to more Americans? Again, no: the number of options actually dwindles under Obamacare, and buy-in costs are much higher than if free markets were allowed to pursue competitive options.

Does Obamacare reform Medicaid? No, it makes Medicaid worse by dumping millions of previously disallowed participants, while also pulling a half-billion dollars out of it.

Does Obamacare provide better healthcare to participants? No, again. In fact, evidence of rationing and regulated control of treatments ensures that participants will have fewer health options.

So what does Obamacare achieve…? The only logical extension of the question “what did its authors intend” is that Obamacare is nothing less than a massive liberal/leftist attempt to give out free stuff that their special interests want…

No wonder the left is in shock.  They thought they had a continuing source of goodies and power and it is all slipping away. 

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