Category: Idiot Congresspersons

Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

| July 16, 2014 | Reply

[I originally wrote this post back in 2007. As we hit the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it still says everything I think about our past and current space efforts.] I am a child of the Space Age (or, to use Robert Heinlein’s phrase from his ‘Future History‘ timeline, the False Dawn of […]

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Obamacare and the Subversive Masses

Obamacare and the Subversive Masses

| January 1, 2014 | Reply

It is clear that with the start of 2014, the Obama Administration — as many (including myself) predicted — wants to declare victory with Obamacare and go home. It is also clear to many of us — but apparently not to the mainstream media — that the Obamacare trainwrecks just keep on coming and are […]

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Obamacare and the Cold Equations

Obamacare and the Cold Equations

| December 12, 2013 | 3 Replies

There is a famous 1954 short story by Tom Godwin called “The Cold Equations”.[1] In it, a young girl stows away on a rocket ship bringing plague vaccine to a colony world deep in space; her goal is to pay a surprise visit to her brother, who is on that world. Unbeknownst to her, the […]

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Obamacare and Healthcare.gov: How We Got Here

Obamacare and Healthcare.gov: How We Got Here

| December 2, 2013 | 1 Reply

Stephen Covey was fond of saying, “You teach what you are.” Regardless of what platitudes you speak, all you really teach is what you actually live and practice. It should not be surprising, then, that the same political and philosophical mindset that produced the Affordable Care Act and pushed it through Congress in spite of […]

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Post at Ace of Spades: why Obamacare is different

Post at Ace of Spades: why Obamacare is different

| November 21, 2013 | Reply

I have a new post up over at Ace of Spades about why Obamacare is different from the usual anti-GOP tropes put forward by the Democrats, and why they should be very, very afraid: 1) How many of you know someone who died in Hurricane Katrina? (Just thought I’d get that out of the way.) […]

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Obamacare and the Unstopped Project

Obamacare and the Unstopped Project

| November 13, 2013 | 2 Replies

The most valuable IT consultant¬†is someone who stands athwart a failing software project, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it. (with apologies to William F. Buckley) After a flurry of posts over several weeks on the unfolding Healthcare.gov […]

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Obamacare and the Three Errors

Obamacare and the Three Errors

| October 29, 2013 | 2 Replies

[made some minor edits and corrected a few typos] A friend of mine, a staunch Obamacare supporter, made a comment the other day, saying in effect, “Since you Republicans are complaining about the lousy website launch, you must have already conceded the argument on healthcare reform itself.” Well, no. The current mess we find ourselves […]

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<strike>Three</strike> Four must-read Friday links

Three Four must-read Friday links

| September 20, 2013 | Reply

  First, Megan McArdle: “Banking without risk is impossible“: The fundamental fact of a banking crisis, which is different from a crisis in any other industry, is that if people believe a financial institution to be bankrupt, it actually is bankrupt. As Arnold Kling puts it, banks exist to reconcile the desire of households to […]

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Let’s look at the actual impact of Obamacare

Let’s look at the actual impact of Obamacare

| September 3, 2013 | 2 Replies

My wife, age 60, has a high-deductible policy with Humana. She got a letter today from Humana outlining the exact impact of Obamacare on her insurance coverage. In essence, she has a choice of converting over to an ACA-compliant policy now, or continuing with her current policy until the end of 2014 (at which point […]

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Happy Labor Day! ILWU leaves AFL-CIO over Obamacare, immigration reform

Happy Labor Day! ILWU leaves AFL-CIO over Obamacare, immigration reform

| September 2, 2013 | Reply

Breitbart posts this news: In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of […]

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