Monthly Archives: October 2017

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

First Do No Harm

from The Wall Street Journal, How Democrats Learned to Love Insurance Companies by Ellysia Finley  (paywall) The cost for the most popular ObamaCare silver plans will increase 37% on average next year. Democrats and insurers are both blaming soaring premiums on…

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The Big Questions

from Gene Epstein’s departing column at Barron’s- Keep Asking the Big Questions: Compared to what? At what cost? Who pays? And, what happens next? It’s the responsibility of economists to ask and answer questions like these—and the job of economics…

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Gilded Age Health Care

from my article in American Thinker a few weeks ago, The fatal attraction of single-payer Reform is seductive.  It is like the curvy woman with the soft voice you met at the bar.  The next thing you know, you have a boiled…

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The Unreliable Consensus

Rupert Darwall in the Wall Street Journal,  Climate Alarmists Use the Acid-Rain Playbook A majority of scientists might say a scientific theory is true, but that doesn’t mean the consensus is reliable. The science underpinning environmental claims can be fundamentally wrong—as…

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Banana Democrats

from Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal,  The Democrats’ Impeachment Mania By asserting a president should be removed from office over policy differences, Mr. Steyer has done more than trivialize impeachment. He helps move America closer to the tyranny Mr.…

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Reading 2017 10 22

THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN LIBERAL ASPIRATIONS AND LIBERAL HOUSING POLICY IS KILLING COASTAL U.S. CITIES Why your alarmism over Trump is dangerous for democracy HOW SILICON VALLEY DIVIDED SOCIETY AND MADE EVERYONE RAGING MAD Democrats should be terrified by this governor’s…

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Moving the Political Battle to the Courts

Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for the its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  Distrust of the legislative process and increased reliance on the courts to achieve their goals…

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Politics as Performance Art

From National Review Kevin Williamson writes McHealthcare Deluxe- The Affordable Care Act is a failed political product. There are better and worse ways to fail, and it pays to be conservative when trying out new products, most of which fail, or investing…

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A Uniquely American Problem

Once a government program is established to provide benefits to a prescribed group, there is soon to follow a movement to expand the definition of that group to include more people (voters).  Lobbyists will form to expand the new institutionalized…

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HKO Thoughts 2017 10 17

None of us can escape our own hypocrisy, but how can Hillary blame misogyny for her loss when she was married to a serial abuser (whom she enabled), her assistant’s husband was convicted of predatory behavior, and one of her…

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Reading 2017 10 17

Jeff Sessions Restores the Rule of Law  It must be confusing for an authoritarian like Trump to be so criticized for moving authority back to Congress. Trump Was Right to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies Technocrats of all ideological stripes consistently…

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Discuss Among Yourselves

from Matthew Continetti at National Review, Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble What passes for news today is speculation and advocacy, wishful thinking and self-fashioning, mindless jabber and affirmations of virtue, removed from objective reality and common sense. The content is…

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Quietly Getting Better

from Victor Davis Hanson at National Review, It’s 1968 All Over Again: The smears “racist,” “fascist,” “white privilege,” and “Nazi” — like “Commie” of the 1950s — are so overused as to become meaningless. There is now less free speech…

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Tax Bloated Insurance

from Scott Atlas at The Wall Street Journal, The Health Reform That Hasn’t Been Tried Third, introduce the right incentives into the tax code. Today employees aren’t taxed on the value of their health benefits—and there is no limit to that exclusion.…

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The Fading Virtue Signal

from Sanctimony Bites Weinstein Democrats by Holman Jenkins in The Wall Street Journal: OK, hypocrisy is a price we pay for civilization. Politicians and Hollywood types especially are in the business of faking sincerity. Yet there is one thing about…

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Blinded by Outrage

from Matthew Continetti at National Review, Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble The other day, for example, Bob Schieffer observed on Face the Nation that one in five journalists live in New York, D.C., or Los Angeles. The news is manufactured…

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Descend from the Pulpit

Mark Lilla is a committed  Democrat who admonishes his party for its descent into Identity Politics in The Once and Future Liberal- After Identity Politics  Elections are not prayer meetings, and no one is interested in your personal testimony. They are…

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Trump and the Press

Trump has been accused of racism and pandering to the Alt Right. However much his Charlottesville response may have failed to isolate its criticism of the white supremacists at the rally, he has little motivation to be loyal to this…

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Marginalized Knee Jerk Journalism

from Matthew Continetti at National Review, Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble There is still excellent journalism. I would point, for starters, to the work on charter flights that led to the resignation of Tom Price. But the overall tone of…

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How HSAs Cut Costs

from Scott Atlas at The Wall Street Journal, The Health Reform That Hasn’t Been Tried A second tool for motivating patients to consider price is large, liberalized health savings accounts. These tax-sheltered accounts are generally used to pay for the noncatastrophic…

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