Archives for December 2010

Has Regulation Put An End To Rule Of Law? By THOMAS SOWELL

The Constitution of the United States begins with the words “We the people.”

But neither the Constitution nor “we the people” will mean anything if politicians and judges can continue to do end runs around both.

Bills passed too fast for anyone to read them are blatant examples of these end runs. But last week, another of these end runs appeared in a different institution when the medical “end of life consultations” rejected by Congress were quietly enacted through bureaucratic fiat by administrators of Medicare.

Although Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jay Rockefeller had led an effort by a group of fellow Democrats in Congress to pass Section 1233 of pending Medicare legislation, which would have paid doctors to include “end of life” counseling in their patients’ physical checkups, the Congress as a whole voted to delete that provision.

Republican Congressman John Boehner, soon to become speaker of the House, objected to this section in 2009, saying: “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Whatever the merits or demerits of the proposed provision in Medicare legislation, the Constitution of the U.S. makes the elected representatives of “we the people” the ones authorized to make such decisions.

When proposals explicitly rejected by a vote in Congress are resurrected and stealthily made the law of the land by bureaucratic fiat, there has been an end run around both the people and the Constitution.

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Home Prices Probably Fell, Baring Weak Link in Accelerating U.S. Recovery

Home prices probably dropped in October, a sign housing will remain a weak link as the U.S. recovery accelerates into the new year, economists said before reports this week. Property values in 20 cities were down 0.2 percent from October 2009, the first year-over-year decline since January, according to the median forecast of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News ahead of a report from S&P/Case-Shiller in two days. Other data the same day may show consumer confidence rose to a seven-month high in December. A wave of foreclosures waiting to reach the market means home prices will remain under pressure in 2011, representing a risk to household finances. Rising equity values and an improving job market will probably help offset the damage, ensuring that confidence and spending continue to climb.

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The Democrats and Health Care by Tevi Troy

SideBear: This is a bit of a long read but it is certainly worthwhile. It recaps “Health Care: A Two-Decade Blunder,” Democrats have operated under a misperception—the misperception that health care was a winning issue for them.

What I found particularly interesting was Obama was warned by David Axelrod, Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and others that his health care plans would be a political loser. But Obama being the smartest man in the world couldn’t be swayed from his Marxists agenda.

Read the entire article here at Commentary Magazine

Coburn report details most outrageous ways government wasted tax dollars in 2010

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, took a detailed look back at the past 12 months of how and who government officials wasted tax dollars in the past year.

You can read Wastebook 2010 in its entirety here.

Paraprosdokian of the Day

Ø Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.