Health Care

We had our annual benefits meeting today at work and after hearing about all the various health care options and tax ramifications, I left with a headache. I told our own after the meeting: “I have never been more convinced of the need for a flat tax or decoupling health care from employment than I am right now.” Turns out both of those are interests of his. (I knew about his position on health care, but the flat tax was new.)

Our current health care and tax structures are insane. We need to start over on both. Let people decide what’s best for themselves rather than continually carving new rules at the ferderal level. Set my people free!


“Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens.” – James Madison

“Federal policies already make food and energy far more expensive than need be… Any new federal scheme to further regulate our energy production would simply make matters worse.” – Ed Feulner

“Controlling the price of anything is very difficult and it can only be accomplished through the force of government, mostly by restricting supply. The U.S. Congress is a major player in oil supply restriction, and OPEC nations must be laughing all the way to the bank. Congress has banned energy exploration in 85 percent of our coastal waters. Ironically, China, in conjunction with Cuba, is drilling for oil nearer to our coastline than U.S. oil companies are permitted.” – Walter Williams

“Congress is spending us into a hole. We hear about the cost of earmarks and the Iraq war. But what about ‘entitlements’? That’s the government’s ironic term for programs that transfer money from people who earned it to people who didn’t. Entitlement? How can you be entitled to someone else’s money?” – John Stossel

“Obama isn’t going to change anything. Obama’s just going to do what liberals have done for eons: eliminate as much freedom and liberty as possible.” – Rush Limbaugh

“Speaking personally, I don’t want to remake America. I’m an immigrant, and one reason I came here is because most of the rest of the Western world remade itself along the lines Sen. Obama has in mind. This is pretty much the end of the line for me. If he remakes America, there’s nowhere for me to go- although presumably once he’s lowered sea levels around the planet there should be a few new atolls popping up here and there.” – Mark Steyn

“You must study to be frank with the world: frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.” – Robert E. Lee

“Character is the single most important ingredient of leadership.” – Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf

“Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community?” – Ronald Reagan

“In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.” – Voltaire

“I don’t like government, it’s just that simple.” – Lyn Nofziger

“Commentators… use words in peculiar ways, as when they speak of Obama and Hillary Clinton needing to bring together ‘the two wings of the party.’ There is the left wing, and the other left wing. As one precise commentator has said, Clinton and Obama differ about as much as the Everly Brothers.” – George Will

“If Hillary has baggage, Bill is a Samsonite factory.” – Roger Simon

“Jimmy Carter told the London Guardian it’ll be a nightmare ticket if Barack Obama chooses Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. That’s saying something. The man who believes that Hamas and Israel can find common ground thinks there is no chance of reconciliation whatsoever between Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.” – Argus Hamilton

“There’s a rumor that if Barack Obama is elected president, he might appoint Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court. Yeah, which is good, because the one woman Hillary doesn’t mind Bill hanging out with is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” – Conan O’Brien

“For Dad, the perfect Father’s Day would be one in which he didn’t even realize that it WAS Father’s Day, because nobody was making him appreciate gifts he didn’t want, or read greeting cards filled with lame Father’s Day poetry (‘When I was just a little tyke, you showed me how to ride a bike; And you were sweet to me the day, I drove your car into the bay; Dad, I think you’re really grand, I’m praying for your prostate gland’). There would be none of this, on the perfect Father’s Day.” – Dave Barry

Jay Leno: Hey, did you all see Hillary’s concession speech over the weekend? Very good. She gave a lovely, lovely speech. She was gracious, very complimentary. And she said she wanted Barack Obama to win, and then she hugged her husband, Bill. Then the Secret Service grabbed her, threw her to the ground and said, “What have you done with the real Senator Clinton? Who are you?” … Hillary may be secretly glad this whole thing is over. Because now she can go back to doing what she loves the most: hunting, drinking whiskey, shooting- back to her roots. … The talk is that Hillary Clinton is going to try and help unite the party. But Bill Clinton says, according to his experience, the party is usually over whenever Hillary shows up. … As you know, last week, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had a secret, late-night meeting in Washington, DC. One kind of embarrassing moment, as Hillary was sneaking out of the house to go to the meeting, she bumped into Bill, who was sneaking back in from a secret meeting of his own…. Barack Obama took time off this weekend from campaigning to spend time with his family. In fact, he said on Saturday night he was going on a date with his wife, Michelle. When Bill Clinton heard that, he said to Hillary, “We need to stay away from these people. They’re freaks!”