Conservative economists have pointed out for some time that as long as the government continues to provide greater subsidies and access to retirement funds to pay for college, there is no incentive for colleges and universities to reign in costs and therefore tuition. This year the number of schools charging $50,000 has doubled, proving that these economists are correct. It may seem counter-intuitive but it allows the markets to function. Until we reduce these subsidies, universities will have no reason to get their financial house in order. There is simply no reason for the price of tuition to rise 2x the rate of inflation except for increased subsides and access to funds. Reign those in and we will start to see tuition that represents the market price.
And on the other side, here’s what Newt Gingrich, the Republican
former speaker of the House — a man celebrated by many in his party as
an intellectual leader — had to say: If Democrats pass health reform,
“They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered
the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation.
argue that Mr. Gingrich is wrong about that: proposals to guarantee
health insurance are often controversial before they go into effect —
Ronald Reagan famously argued that Medicare would mean the end of
American freedom — but always popular once enacted.
No shit. I like birthday presents too. Medicare is popular with those receiving free or nearly free healthcare paid for by the government, which in reality is you and I. Who does not like to be given things, even those which you could afford to buy yourself. And that is the issue with this healthcare reform bill; Who is going to pay for all this largess? You cannot grant large swaths of the population free goodies from the government without eventually taxing the producers to the point that they can no longer support the system. Medicare is going broke and has cost over a trillion dollars. Much more than the $10B originally forecast. If the healthcare reform bill is not seriously tweaked, we will see our economy enter a period in which growth and unemployment looks more like Europe than our traditional rates. And that is not a good thing.
Mark Barabak of the LA Times compares ObamaCare with the Civil Rights Act because we all know that a huge government takeover of our nation's healthcare systems is analogous to ending segregation. It would appear that there are no ends to what Obama supporters...er...the media, will do to rehabilitate the Democrat brand and re-write history as the November elections approach. After healthcare vote, Democrats turn to damage control - latimes.com.
As usual, Mark Steyn is right on with his analysis of the effect of government health care on a society. It leads to even more dependence and makes it nearly impossible to wean people from the government teat. As he has said in the past, the debate changes from whether or not to have the government provide health care to how much health care and how much in the way of benefits it should provide. This is a very important distinction. If we desire to have the high taxes and unemployment that Europe enjoys on a regular basis, then we are on the right path. If not, we need to reverse course NOW! From Steyn,
If Barack Obama does nothing else in his term in office, this will make
him one of the most consequential presidents in history. It's a huge
transformative event in Americans' view of themselves and of the role of
government. You can
say, oh, well, the polls show most people opposed to it, but, if that
mattered, the Dems wouldn't be doing what they're doing. Their bet is
that it can't be undone, and that over time, as I've been saying for
years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the
relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the
people. As I wrote in NR recently, there's plenty of evidence to support
that from Britain, Canada and elsewhere.
This is a note I sent to my Congressman, David Price of North Carolina, regarding the health care bill. He is a rubber stamp for the Obama Administration and has announced he is voting for the bill. I also called with the same message. I was able to get right through as he has been in the tank for this since the beginning. Note this is a gerrymandered seat that includes the university populations of Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. A monkey could run for Congress in this district and as long as it was a Democrat, be elected.
I request that you publicly ask for an up or down vote on the "Health care Reform" bill. Deem and pass is very possibly unconstitutional and shows no courage. If Democrats believe in the legislation, they should put their names on it.
Second, I would like to ask you to call for a repeal if the cost exceeds $940B and does not reduce the deficit. This includes the ""Doctor Fix". This is a key talking/selling point and you should be willing to admit you are wrong on costs if it exceeds this threshold. Also, why should Seniors in Florida get a better deal on Medicare and Medicare Advantage? I want all the goodies that are being promised to other states and districts to be extended to NC.
I would also like a public announcement of whether you believe an individual mandate is Constitutional and if you are for or against a single-payer system. This legislation will likely end up resulting in just that (Senator Harkin calls this a "Starter Home" for govt. health care) and you should at least be honest with your constituents, even those not in Chapel Hill and Durham.