“God Bless and Keep the Czar . . .”

Posted September 4, 2009 by Augustine
Categories: Miscellaneous

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“. . . far away from us!” – Fiddler on the Roof

President Obama’s “green jobs czar” (whatever that is, exactly) has admitted that he signed a 9/11 Truth petition that accuses former President Bush of orchestrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Well, he signed it, but he didn’t really agree with it. Or something.

You know, this illustrates a bigger problem. We’re likely to have more czars during Obama’s first term than Russia had in its entire history, and not one of them will be confirmed by the United States Senate. You can’t tell me that this guy would have made it through the Senate before this was exposed, and had it been exposed before his confirmation there’s almost zero likelihood that he would have been confirmed. Maybe the founding fathers knew what they were talking about with that whole “advice and consent” business.


Big Government, Big Business, and the Little Guy

Posted September 4, 2009 by Augustine
Categories: Culture of Life, Economy & Solidarity, Government & Subsidiarity

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Do you ever get the feeling as you observe the current health care reform debate that no one is really looking out for the “little guy”? The principle of subsidiarity has been tossed out the window. On the one hand, you have Democrats arguing for greater state control of our health care system; on the other, Republicans are arguing for continued control by private industry. One is arguing for big government and the other for big business, but neither is arguing that maybe — just maybe — control of health care should be put back into the hands of everyday people instead of either government or business bureaucrats.

Often, there’s a good litmus test for whether or not an idea is a good idea. If both the left and the right absolutely hate it, then it just might be a good idea because it doesn’t conform well to either of their ideologies. Enter the idea of health care cooperatives. The right dismisses cooperatives as government care under a different guise. The left rejects them because, they say, cooperatives will be fraught with mismanagement and corruption (because of course one finds none of this in government). Yep, anyone who talks about cooperatives have become persona non grata to Beltway ideologues. But what exactly are health care cooperatives?

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