The Federal Communications Commission held a public hearing in Chicago Tuesday on the Comcast/NBC Universal merger. Free Speech Radio Network has a good overview of the hearing. I particularly liked this comment from Josh Silver of the Free Press:
He says the merger would be yet another giveaway to industry giants at the public […]
Via the New York Times:
Does a “gasoline-powered alarm clock” qualify for the EnergyStar label, the government stamp of approval for an energy-saving product?
Like more than a dozen other bogus products submitted for approval since last June by Congressional auditors posing as companies, it easily secured the label, according to a Congressional report […]
I’ve joked before about numerous City of Peoria projects being defended on the grounds that they’re “better than nothing.” After listening to the health care debate in the U.S. House of Representatives on C-SPAN this afternoon, I’m disheartened to hear that this has evidently become a national slogan. After several representatives expressed grave concerns […]
Talk about your full-court press from the Obama administration. Even Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is advocating for the administration’s health care bill now:
Yesterday, I voiced my support for health care reform with an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune. I am grateful to those who saw my speaking-out for what it was: a […]
A landmark ruling was handed down by the U. S. Supreme Court today:
Overturning a century-old restriction, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as much as they want to sway voters in federal elections.
In a landmark 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative bloc said corporations have the same right to free […]
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
“Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said in its citation. “His diplomacy […]
I’ve started reading the health care bill (H.R.3200), and one thing that has caught my attention already is the position of “Health Choices Commissioner,” referred to throughout the bill as simply “Commissioner.” The Commissioner would be appointed by the President to head up a newly-created, “independent agency in the executive branch of the Government” […]
You can get all the details here, but here’s a summary of President Obama’s less-than-accurate points during his health-care speech Wednesday night:
Obama was correct when he said his plan wouldn’t insure illegal immigrants; the House bill expressly forbids giving subsidies to those who are in the country illegally. Conservative critics complain that the […]
I haven’t read the health care bill, and I’ve only casually been following the health care debate in the newspaper and on the radio. So my thoughts on the subject are somewhat random and philosophical.
My first thought is, why is it the government’s job to “solve” the health care crisis? Why is […]
Regarding the global economic crisis:
We must not revert to isolationism and unrestrained economic egotism… Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake. True, the state’s increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are […]