HolyCoast: Obama's Bureaucratic Fantasies
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Obama's Bureaucratic Fantasies

Two good columns today on the fantasies being pushed by the Obama adminstration on a variety of subjects. First, a brief excerpt from Michael Barone:
Another interesting thing about Jones is that the administration seems enamored of his "green jobs" concept. There's an understandable political reason. Legislation to restrict carbon emissions that is supported by the administration would undoubtedly kill a large number of jobs by increasing the cost of energy, and so you can see why its advocates might want to argue that there will be a compensating number of "green jobs" created -- at least if the government spends a lot of money on them.

But this sounds like fantasy. If there were money to be made in green jobs, private investors would be creating them already. In fact big corporations like General Electric are scrambling to position themselves as green companies, gaming legislation and regulations so they can make profits by doing so. Big business is ready to create green jobs -- if government subsidizes them. But the idea that green jobs will replace all the lost carbon-emitting jobs is magical thinking.

And from the most hated conservative woman in the country, Sarah Palin:
How can we ensure that those who need medical care receive it while also reducing health-care costs? The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree.

Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy. And common sense tells us to be skeptical when President Obama promises that the Democrats' proposals "will provide more stability and security to every American."

With all due respect, Americans are used to this kind of sweeping promise from Washington. And we know from long experience that it's a promise Washington can't keep.

Read both columns. Good stuff.

1 comment:

LewArcher said...

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I see good ole Sarah is upto her liberal-baiting tricks again:
"death panels"
If actually believed the crap she has written for her er, writes, h=she should be very afraid as she would be a prime candidate for these death panels.