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An ironic post about health care…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , on 18, January 2014 by chockblock

And so it seems that a nationalized health care system does good business for other countries:

“The researchers also found that more people leave the UK seeking medical treatment abroad than arrive in this country for care: about 63,000 people from the country travelled to hospitals and clinics abroad in 2010, while considerably fewer, about 52,000 people, came here.”
–“Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study“, The Guardian.com

Socialized health care is bad thing(tm). It can’t happen here right?

Boeing, Boeing

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6, January 2014 by chockblock

So this happened:

SEATTLE (KING) – Boeing machinists have voted to approve Boeing’s latest eight-year contract proposal, securing assembly of the company’s new 777X airplane in Washington state.

Thousands of union members cast their ballots – some waiting in line for hours outside of the union hall in Everett – in Friday’s crucial vote.
— “Seattle machinists approve Boeing 777X production contract“, Ksdk.com

So Kshama Sawant must be spinning, she called for Boeing workers to “Take Over” their plant if Boeing left. Yeah, talking like a Batman villain makes all kinds of sense…

Boeing’s workers have working brains. Their Union doubled down and lost. Boeing could move to those “right to work” states. The voted to keep their jobs. Hopefully they will vote new union leadership.

ZeroHedge nails it

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 1, November 2013 by chockblock

I always wondered why the “tea party” and “limited government” see to be a dog-whistle to the left. Why do they hate these terms?

“Power, or perceived power, is a viciously addictive narcotic. It doesn’t matter what political or philosophical background a person hails from, very few have the self discipline or the self awareness necessary to relinquish the trappings of power once they have tasted it. This truth applies to conservatives as much as it applies to liberals.”
–“Guest Post: Are Constitutional Conservatives Really The Boogeyman?” Zerohedge.com

The Washington DC RINO‘s and Democrats are interchangeable. Those career politicians (something the founders feared and despised) are interested in power and the money from being the DC elite.

So they fear the group with the hand painted signs, the people meeting in their homes and on blogs. They sic the MSM and the IRS on innocent people.

Maybe on November 4th we should show them who’s the real boss.

UPDATE: Instapundit links to this:

Mr. Seitz-Wald’s alternative, using technology and innovation in the service of a more powerful, consolidated, and monopolistic state, is in an altogether different spirit, one that would have been familiar to George Orwell, who, in his more charitable moments, understood that nobody plans on becoming Napoleon, it just works out that way — something that happens as “they constantly try to escape from the darkness outside and within by dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
–“ Memories of Futures Past:
A brief history of bold new visions of the American order “,
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review.

It’s never about “reform”, it’s about securing jobs for those in power. The media, the lawyers, the politicians, they all want money and power. If we let them dictate reform we’ll never get true reform, just more of the same cronyism.

Ignorance

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 29, October 2013 by chockblock

Compare and contrast:

“One point from the exchange worth mentioning is that, although I believe that there is a good deal of evidence indicating that political ignorance has caused great harm at various points in American history, scholars have only begun to systematically study its effects on past policy decisions.”
Debating the Impact of Political Ignorance,By Ilya Somin

“Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.

“She said, ‘I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,’” Kehaly said.”
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

If we don’t organize we’ll just get more of this.

404

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12, October 2013 by chockblock

So the pre-2010 Congress and the White Hose forced the “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” Affordable Care Act.

What did we get?

404

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“But nearly a week after launch and the site is still unable to function. It seems that there is at least one American who has successfully registered on the site. The fact that all news agencies seem to have called this one man implies that he may be the only one.”

Healthcare.gov goes 404 on America“, exploreb2b.com

One Congressman wants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign.

I agree. They had 3 years to get this to work. Healthcare costs are going up and the site is being taken down as of 11 October to be “fixed”. In the corporate world Sebelius would be forced out.

Oh and this travesty cost $500 million to build. The Canadians FIRED the firm behind Healthcare.gov…

double_facepalm
We were warned:

This very personal relationship, “value”, has two factors for a human being: first, what he can do with a thing, its use to him… and second, what he must do to get it, its cost to him. There is an old song which asserts that “the best things in life are free”. Not true! Utterly false! This was the tragic fallacy which brought on the decadence and collapse of the democracies of the twentieth century; those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted… and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears

Robert A. HeinleinStarshipTroopers

Entrepreneurs

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , on 5, September 2013 by chockblock

Or as RSMcCain would say: “Leftist bitch crows about the state only to be bitchslapped by reality.”

“Other ways include giving the state bank or agency that invested a stake in the company. A good example is Finland, where the government-backed innovation fund SITRA retained equity when it invested in Nokia. There is also the possibility of keeping a share of the intellectual property rights, which are almost totally given away in the current system”
–“It’s a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New Technology
For real innovation, thank the state.
By Mariana Mazzucato”


Microsoft Corp. has struck a deal to buy Nokia Oyj’s mobile-phone division, apparently in the hopes that lashing together two also-rans in the mobile business will somehow turn them into one successful firm.

Nokia, meanwhile, has been declining even faster, as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Apple Inc. have carved up the market between them. The company that used to account for 20 percent of Finland’s gross domestic product has seen its sales decline dramatically in the smartphone era and is operating at a loss.”

Via Instapundit

Mazzucato crows about how the “state” bankrolled GPS and somehow paid for Apple’s touchscreen and it’s innovation. Um no. Apple was in such dire straits the Microsoft bailed them out in the 90’s. Seeing the chaning tech landscape they invested in a phone with a touchscreen. Touchscreens were not “bankrolled” by the US government directly.

Sure there was investment but the government didn’t pay for nor tell Apple to invent touchscreens. Intel got out of the defense business (they make supercomputers, but those processors benefited from the PC revolution). The government helped develop the internet, but the first 5 years no (none, zero, zilch) commercial activity was allowed on the “internet”. It was private business that took a chance.

The PC, touchscreen and the internet were developed mostly by private industry.

Airbus and Boeing are prime examples of why you don’t get government and industry in bed. Airbus was floated by subsidies. After many years they finally produced a tanker for the USAF. Why is the KC-45 not flying?

Boeing first got into a scandal: Darleen Druyun went to prison for bribery and Boeing got caught price fixing. Then they protested the award to Airbus. Boeing managed to get Congress and the DoD to award them a contract years late. And overbudget, the first KC-X has yet to fly.

Kinda like how Nokia just did the same thing over and over and had their brains beaten in by Apple and Samsung (both using OSes not developed by the government, rejoice hippes!).

But that’s okay! Let the state invest in business. Crony capitalism! Facebook and Google are paid by the NSA to spy on us . Ask Finland, if not for Microsoft, Nokia would have taken their economy down with them.

RS McCain has a link to a professors anti-GOP rant. Most of academia loves government money and hates America. So of course they want money for “green” research (that goes nowhere) and the soft subjects (that do nothing).

But at least Slate has published an article that, praises the DoD instead of calling for cuts..change I guess.

14th amendment means nothing to these people

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 4, August 2013 by chockblock

Via Gun Free Zone:

The Brady Campaign, on behalf of Mr. Vesely, asked the court to abandon traditional rules of tort liability and find that Armslist could be liable for the criminal actions of the man who killed Ms. Vesely. In essence, the Brady Campaign argued that a special rule should apply to Armslist because the advertisements on its website were for firearms, and it should therefore be treated differently than other online classifieds sites

via NRA-ILA | Federal Court in Illinois Throws Out Brady Campaign Supported Lawsuit.

This is bad. If not for a judge, the Brady Campaign would have the rules bent in it’s favor. This is gun control. It was never about guns, it’s about control.

The demonization of George Zimmerman was but one tentacle of the beast, this is the other.