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March 27th, 2010 | Author:

In this country known for the free speech of its citizens, it appears that freedom doesn’t apply to critics of the current regime.  According to Power Line, companies such as Caterpillar, AT&T, Medtronic, and Verizon have each made announcements about the negative effects that Obamacare will have on their businesses,  from health care benefit cuts to massive layoffs.

This apparently has not set well with our masters in Washington, so they’re flexing their muscles and looking for retribution.  Power Line has posted a copy of a letter sent to Randall Stephenson, the President and CEO of AT&T [page 1 and page 2] requesting his “personal testimony” at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in April.  And, oh, by the way.  Bring all your top brass, and send us all your internal documents and accounting methods to prove your statements about the cost of Obamacare.  [Apparently, each of these companies received similar letters.]

In case Mr. Stephenson is too busy running his business to respond, I’ll do it for him.

Dear Mr. Waxman and Mr. Stupak,

I have received your letter of March 26, 2010 requesting my testimony at a hearing on April 21, 2010.  Unfortunately, I must decline your kind invitation as I have a prior commitment that day.  I promised my wife I’d wash the car.

Nor will I be able to send the proprietary documents you requested.  My lawyer has advised me they can’t leave the building without a subpoena.

Further, as President and CEO of AT&T, I will continue to make public the effect that government intervention, including Obamacare, has on our business operations.

Take that, you pompous, supercilious thugs.


Randall Stephenson

President & CEO of AT&T

3.29.10 update:  Letters to Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon, and AT&T have been posted on The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee website.

March 25th, 2010 | Author:

I’ve done a little surfing to see what people are saying, and it’s a mixed bag.

First, we have the Messiah worshipers who applaud whatever their hero says – even when he says that some people want to repeal Obamacare.

From that rare commodity, an honest democrat, Representative John Dingell (D-MI), while discussing deaths due to our current healthcare system:  [emphasis added, HT to Michael LeMieux, added post-post]

Let me remind you this has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people [I’m sure he meant 300 million] in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

Next my buddy Jim at Chestnut Tree Cafe has a post up.  Here’s a snippet:

Now, here’s the thing. In a broad, general sense, and setting some overheated hyperbole aside, I agree with all of these people. The recently-enacted “health care reform” is indeed a terrible idea, and it is indeed unconstitutional. It will indeed increase the sway of the central government over all our lives, and it will indeed hasten the economic collapse of the US. What I don’t get is what’s unique about it, and why it is so intensely upsetting to what, for lack of a better term, I’ll call “the right.”

Has the FedGov not already set the current configuration of American “health care?” Where did the whole odd concept of health “insurance” come from, except WWII-era government controls on income (and the subsequent exemption of that form of compensation from taxation)? Where was the explosion of rage when Saint Dubya decided to create a federal benefit for prescription medicine?

Then J.D. Tuccille has written a piece titled What’s good for the goose that starts this way:

Many years ago, I had a law school professor who opened his very first lecture by telling us, “law is violence.” His point was that any use of the law — or of government power in general — involves force or the threat of force. That professor and I disagreed on many issues, but we both knew that to call for the passage of a new law or the enforcement of an existing one is to invoke men with guns, handcuffs and prisons — and, ultimately, to be willing to kill in order to achieve a desired goal. So it strikes me as absurd to see members of Congress — professional makers of law — get their knickers all knotted because some of the people affected by controversial health care legislation have responded with harsh words, disturbing letters and even bricks and bullets.

His “bricks” link contains the following:

The lawmakers voiced what one senior aide who was present described as “serious concern” about their security in Washington and in their home districts when they return this weekend for spring recess.

What do you suppose Thomas Jefferson would say to that?  I think he’d say the following – again:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

But my favorite reaction – by far - comes from down south via an AP story:

HAVANA (AP) — It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” and a major victory for Obama’s presidency, but couldn’t help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.

Hey, if Castro approves, how can we complain?

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March 25th, 2010 | Author:

Nobody gets to the bottom line quite as well as Ron Paul.  Here’s a quote from his assessment of Obamacare:

Any time a government tries to give you a service or something of substance, they have to steal it from somebody else.  So the whole process is immoral, because it’s based on government theft.  That’s why they’re hiring 16,000 more new IRS agents, because they have to steal more money.

Government theft.  Wealth redistribution.  Socialism.  Call it what you will, it destroys economies, it destroys liberty, it destroys lives.  Welcome to the new Amerika.

March 24th, 2010 | Author:

Here are a couple snippets from an excellent article by Thomas L. Knapp:

A woman comes upon a snake in some kind of trouble (frozen, injured or being attacked). She rescues the snake, takes it home, and nurses it back to health. It becomes a trusted friend and pet. Then one day, she decides to go to town and picks up the snake to take it with her … and it bites her. As she dies, she asks the snake why. “Lady,” the snake says, “you knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”

Every new government outrage against all that is right and good elicits reactions of astonishment and outrage — and every time I hear those reactions, I think of The Fable of the Snake.

Folks, the guys I’m quoting here are the naive, feel-good, utopian, hippy dippy doo optimists of political history. If you want to a more level-headed, accurate assessment of the ends to which government means inevitably lead, read any well-written history of the Third Reich’s Holocaust, Pol Pot’s Killing Fields or Mao’s Great Leap Forward.

It’s time to stop kidding yourself.

It’s time to stop buying the “this time, it will be different — really!” line.

March 23rd, 2010 | Author:

According to this piece from, the system to take care of your car is better than the one that takes care of your body.

1. Prices – The most obvious difference is price.  Gas Stations have big signs advertising their prices so that you as a consumer can decide how much you are willing to pay without even slowing down along the highway.  There are federal regulations that prohibit hospitals from advertising and competing based on prices.

2. Upfront Estimates – When you need a mechanic to replace your head gasket, he will give you an upfront estimate of the price.  He will often give you a list of less expensive alternatives if they are available.  When you ask a surgeon to replace your heart, there are federal regulations and AMA rules that prevent the distribution of price estimates.

3. Competition – If someone wants to build a Gas Station across the street from a competing Gas Station, its quite alright.  If someone wants to build a hospital, they have to prove to the Federal Trade Commission that the hospital won’t lower prices in the community or cause undue competition.

4. Monopoly – In the early 20th century, the federal government broke up a monopoly on oil and gasoline distribution. [Not quite. The government actually paved the way for the current near-oligopoly through legislation and regulation. See comments below and Thomas DiLorenzo for more information.] In the mid-20th century, they created a monopoly on hospitals and doctors because the American Medical Association said there were too many doctors, too much competition, and doctor’s couldn’t earn enough money.

5. Do It Yourself – When you go to the Gas Station, you can pay someone to fix your car and fill up your tank, or you can buy what you need to do it yourself.  At a hospital or pharmacy, you can’t make any decisions on what medications you can take, dosage levels, or treatments.  You must have the “official” opinion of a state regulated doctor.

6. Choice – When shopping for mechanics, you can decide to hire your handy neighbor, or find someone with all the latest training and certifications.  When shopping for doctors, your only choice is regulated by the state.

7. Purchasing Power – When you buy gasoline, you are paying for the gasoline you actually purchase (and a little extra for the small amount of theft).  When you buy healthcare, your price includes a large government imposed subsidy for those who can’t afford it, thus making healthcare less affordable to more and more people each year.

So in the infinite wisdom of the crooks in Washington, Obamacare is adding more regulation – 111 new bureaucracies and estimates of 50,000 + new federal “jobs” – and they tell us prices will come down?

They really do think we’re all idiots.