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Below is a collection of recent news articles I found interesting. Enjoy!

ObamaCare


Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law
“While the new law will increase the number of Americans with insurance coverage, it falls significantly short of universal coverage. By 2019, roughly 21 million Americans will still be uninsured. The legislation will cost far more than advertised, more than $2.7 trillion over 10 years of full implementation, and will add $352 billion to the national debt over that period.

The new law will increase taxes by more than $669 billion between now and 2019, and the burdens it places on business will significantly reduce economic growth and employment.”


You Can’t Keep the Plan You Have Obamacare is coming to a doctor’s office near you. - High Costs, Inadequate Access Will Get Even Worse - The National Review

“The president can keep telling Americans that their health care won’t change. But for my patients, it already has.” - Marc Siegel, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at NYU and the medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center.


ObamaCare Burden on Small Business – Cato.org

“ObamaCare has created enormous uncertainty. Our small-business owner doesn't have any idea what ObamaCare's mandates will cost him in 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014. Or what additional benefits he will have to provide. Or what kind of insurance options will be available by then. All he knows is that these things will cost him more — possibly a lot more — and that he's going to be spending lots of time and money, for the foreseeable future, on tax accountants and attorneys. And he's going to be much less likely to take on new commitments like expanding or hiring new workers.”


ObamaCare - The first 6 months – Cato.org
“Six months ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The intervening six months have shown that this health care law offers neither patient protection nor affordable health care — in fact, quite the opposite. Obamacare, the president now admits, "is going to increase our costs; we knew that."


ObamaCare & the Costs of the Welfare State
“The case for abolishing Obamacare has three parts, based on its awful effects (a) on health care, (b) on our political system, and (c) on our character as a people. The first of these, Obamacare's deleterious effects on health care quality, cost, innovation, and accessibility, has been well made already by conservative policy analysts and, less well but still effectively, by conservative politicians. On their merits, these arguments should have been enough to defeat Obamacare, and almost were. Floating in the debate's background so far have been anxieties about the legislation's effects on the American character...the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not merely bad or mistaken policy but somehow dangerous to our way of life.

Obama did not conceal the special status of the health care issue. In the speech announcing his presidential candidacy in February 2007, he vowed "that we will have universal health care in America by the end of the next president's first term. Instead of New Deal-style acclamation, Obama's orgy of state-building has been greeted by an entirely new grassroots conservative movement, the tea party, as well as a firming and inspiriting of right-wing opinion across the board. Independent voters are fleeing Obama in droves.”

Government in America

Sliding into a Tyranny of Good Intentions – Cato.org
“A populace which hands its moral order over to governments, no matter how impeccable its reasons, will become dependent and slavish.” One reason is that our rulers now manage so much of our lives that they cannot help but do it badly. They have overreached. Blunder follows blunder.”

The growth of government threatens freedom much more than mosque-building Muslims do. - Reason.com
“The Congressional Budget Office, the International Monetary Fund, and even the administration’s senior economic officials all agree: The course we are on is unprecedented and unsustainable.

In the year 2010 if you’re not talking about hacking down the size of a government that every credible economist acknowledges will continue growing rapidly unless reformed, particularly via the entitlement programs that Gingrich refuses to touch, then you are not worthy of being taken seriously. Unfortunately, Gingrich’s frivolity is not the exception on the Republican side of the aisle. Gingrich and Co. aren’t just wrong about the mosque. They’re wrong about policy priorities. They should be considered no more reliable on the pressing issue of the day, restraining the leviathan of government, than Michael Moore should be trusted with dietary advice.”

Federal judge in Atlanta charged with buying drugs from stripper
“Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested Friday night near Sandy Springs and held in an undisclosed location by the U.S. Marshal Service. The 67-year-old Camp is accused of purchasing and using cocaine, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Roxycodrone since last spring and using them with an exotic dancer he met at the Goldrush Showbar on Metropolitan Avenure, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Mary Jo Mangrum, a member of a task force investigating public corruption.”


Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists...

Consumer confidence drops to lowest since Feb...


Bush aide: Economy 'Close to Destructive Tipping Point'...


Around the World

Chavez vows to radicalize after Venezuela election – Yahoo News
“He started on Sunday by announcing the expropriation of land owned by the Venezuelan agricultural company Agroislena and vowing to hasten the nationalization of land held by the British meat products company Vestey Foods Group. Chavez rejected the idea of seeking to mend relations with private enterprise, announcing the nationalization of 250,000 hectares (618,000 acres) this month and saying, "There will be no deal with the bourgeoisie."


Obama administration 'incompetence' derailed Mideast peace talks...Why Obama's diplomacy is flailing – NY Daily News
"The Obama approach to the Israeli-Palestinian problem has been counterproductive."


Austerity whips up anger, protests mount in Europe CALL FOR STRIKE -- OVER ALL OF EUROPE...
“BRUSSELS (AFP) - – Painful cuts by overspending EU countries come head to a head with mounting social anger on Wednesday when labour leaders call angry workers onto streets right across the continent.”

Iran sentences blogger to 19 years in prison... - Washington Post