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A Fight At The Opera
Mayor de Blasio has a gift for clarifying conflicts. His muddled thinking usually puts him on the wrong side, which helps the rest of us come to the right conclusion.
He’s also got a knack for picking losing fights with Rudy Giuliani. You’ll know de Blasio is getting smarter when he finds another sparring partner.
The patterns established with the mayor’s warped views on policing emerge again in the battle over “The Death of Klinghoffer.” There are legitimate views on both sides about whether the Met should stage the opera, but when de Blasio suggested that opponents, including Giuliani, were out of bounds with their protests, he handed total victory to the other side.
Said Mayor Muddle, “I really think we have to be very careful in a free society to respect that cultural institutions will portray works of art, put on operas, plays, that there will be art exhibits in museums. And in a free society, we respect that.”
He also blasted Giuliani, saying, “The former mayor had a history of challenging cultural institutions when he disagreed with their content. I don’t think that’s the American way. The American way is to respect freedom of speech — simple as that.”
Simple? That perfectly describes de Blasio’s view of the freedom of speech. He’s for it only when it suits his politics. Remember, he supported the Occupy Wall Street rabble when it set up camp in a downtown park.
The First Amendment is not a suicide compact or a vow of silence. It encourages dissent by protecting it. That means those who see an opera that justifies terrorism, with anti-Semitic overtones, have more than a right to speak out. They have a duty to warn the world, which is what the protesters are doing.
Obamacare Dumping Patients Into Medicaid
Obamacare is robbing patients of their private plans and dumping them into Medicaid, forcing them to accept not only subpar treatment but less access to care.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today by Jeffrey A. Singer MD, a general surgeon who is also an adjunct scholar at the conservative CATO Institute, Obamacare is resulting in a involuntary shift of patients onto government-run care, establishing at least a beachhead for the long-held liberal dream of fully socialized medicine.
From the piece:
A recent Boston University/Harvard Medical School study suggests that up to 80% of people participating in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion have been shifted off their private insurance. These patients’ plans—that they liked, and were told they could keep—did not meet Affordable Care Act requirements, and were wiped out. Healthcare.gov offered them Medicaid.
But the irony doesn’t stop there. Even if my patients save money by no longer paying premiums, they suffer in the long run by being trapped in a subpar health-care system. A Medicaid card does not translate into quality medical care. In some cases, it does not translate into medical care at all.
Only 45% of doctors are now accepting new Medicaid patients, according to a recent survey by the health-care company Merritt Hawkins. This number has dropped from 55% in the past five years. In some cities—Dallas and Minneapolis, for example—as few as 23% of doctors are seeing new Medicaid patients. As ObamaCare vastly expands the number of patients on the Medicaid rolls—three million new patients, by last count—this threatens these patients’ well-being.
For some, this will literally be a death sentence:
Medicaid patients were twice as likely to die in the hospital after undergoing major surgery than those on private insurance, according to a 2010 study from the University of Virginia published in the Annals of Surgery. The research also showed that patients who had no insurance at all were 25% less likely than those on Medicaid to have an “in-hospital death,” and that Medicaid patients have the longest stays and highest hospital costs.
How will government solve the problem of too many patients for too few doctors?
Well, Death Panels, for one. The geniuses in the Obama administration, despite their remarkable intellectual prowess and top-school degrees, have still not found a way to eliminate the laws of supply and demand. And so rationing, at least in the public sector, must take place.
Teacher Tenure Opposition Gets Some Powerful Advocates
Former CNN anchor says legal efforts needed to overturn policies that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.
WASHINGTON – Campbell Brown, an education reform advocate, says legal efforts are needed to do away with unduly protections for incompetent teachers that prevent student access to quality education.
Brown, a former CNN anchor, is supporting the lawsuit of eight New York families challenging teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority laws in the state.
“What we want is a system that supports, protects and properly pays good teachers and makes it possible in a responsible and fair way to remove teachers judged to be incompetent or abusive – that’s it,” Brown said during a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute. “And the laws in the books right now in New York all work against that incredibly important goal.”
In New York, school administrators decide whether to grant tenure after a teacher has been on the job for three years, and if granted, the teacher has a job for life. State seniority laws aimed to protect veteran teachers put new teachers first in line for layoffs, regardless of job performance. Laws governing teacher dismissal mandate that tenured teachers can be dismissed only after just cause has been established through a series of administrative hearings.
Brown recently founded the Partnership for Education Justice to overturn policies that make it nearly impossible to fire incompetent teachers.
“I’m in this fight because I believe there is no debate about the fact that all children deserve a decent education,” she said. “The single most important school-based factor for ensuring that they get that education is to have an effective teacher in the classroom.”
When Campbell Brown was on CNN I thought she was one of the worst in her blatent bias. I still think that she was. To find her on this side of this issue astounds me. And being a fair-minded person, some of the time, I applaud her efforts. I hope she is ready for the villification that the left aims at anyone that dares disagree with them. Teachers and their unions are among the most vile.
Paul Krugman Uncovers a Right-Wing Conspiracy at Amazon.com
Big-government aficionado Paul Krugman is calling for “public action to curb the power” of an entity he can’t quite bring himself to call a monopoly, even as he nonetheless compares its “abuses” to those of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company. The subject of his ire? “Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America,” Krugman whines.
“Does Amazon really have robber-baron-type market power? When it comes to books, definitely,” Krugman insists. “Amazon overwhelmingly dominates online book sales, with a market share comparable to Standard Oil’s share of the refined oil market when it was broken up in 1911. Even if you look at total book sales, Amazon is by far the largest player.”
It is the largest player that even Krugman is forced to admit “has not tried to exploit consumers.” Yet he posits the notion that keeping its prices “systematically low” is not a benefit for those consumers, as much as it allows Amazon to “reinforce its dominance.” That dominance is used to “squeeze” publishers to lower the price of book sales to Amazon, and despite the fact that Krugman has already admitted Amazon passes those savings on to its customers, he remains adamant that one of the most basic concepts of free-market competition is a bad thing.
“In economics jargon, Amazon is not, at least so far, acting like a monopolist, a dominant seller with the power to raise prices,” he writes. “Instead, it is acting as a monopsonist, a dominant buyer with the power to push prices down.” Despite Krugman’s hand-wringing, one is inclined to think the public would look favorably on this effect on the marketplace.
He notes that people buy books because they’ve heard about them, other people are reading them, they’re a topic of conversation, they‘ve made the best-seller list, and writers are promoting them. Yet Amazon’s “immense” power gives it the ability to “kill the buzz.” “It’s definitely possible, with some extra effort, to buy a book you’ve heard about even if Amazon doesn’t carry it,” Krugman concedes, “but if Amazon doesn’t carry that book, you’re much less likely to hear about it in the first place.”
CBS Evening News: Obama “Notably Absent” On Campaign Trail
Shaheen doesn’t answer the question
Veteran Threatened with Eviction Over Therapeutic Dog
According to a new survey, almost 40 percent of new moms create social media accounts for their newborns. A good way to know you shouldn’t have a baby is if you think it’s a good idea to set up a Twitter account for it. ~ Jimmy Kimmel
Republican Tillis is lone NC Senate candidate on live program intially billed as debate
If Hagen couldn’t bother to show up for the debate then e-mailing responses to Tillis is cowardly. She should have either participated or STFU.
ACLU not happy with Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Pro Hagen flyer uses lynching image
If Hagen has any decency at all she will make it absolutely clear that she had nothing to do with this and that she is disgusted by it. Otherwise she’s just another race-baiting Dem.