Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New "Compromise" Reached

The "Bi-partisan" stimulus package (which republican conferees were frozen out of) which is estimated to produce 3.5 million jobs has reached a "tentative deal."

$789.5 Billion.

That amounts to $225,571.43 of government spending for each job that "should be produced."

Let's look at that $789,500,000,000 to "create 3,5000,000 jobs."

From Congress Daily, via Michelle Malkin;
It appears that Pelosi and Reid staff met all through the night in secret with Democratic conferees’ staff to cobble together the “stimulus” conference report. Republican conferees were frozen out.
The objective appears to be to produce a final conference report on the trillion-dollar spending bill by this afternoon so that floor action can take place in both chambers by Thursday.
They intend to ram this trillion-dollar spending bill through with as little debate and scrutiny as possible.
The House voted unanimously yesterday in support of a Republican measure stating that the American should have 48 hrs to review the bill prior to passage. Will Democrats follow through? Or will they do the opposite of what they voted to do yesterday?

Red State has more.

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Check out Bloomberg's analysis of the Health (No) Care package that is placed in the bill;

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Some of it is good. For example, keeping your medical record on an electric file for hospitals to easily access your records and previous problems. But there's also this;

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (pages 442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

Oh yeah, and after Wall Street dropped I don't think investors like the idea either. Can you tell when Geithner made his speech describing the bill?

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Kids Are Getting Their MMR Shots

In Britain, MMR immunization has dropped from 95% in the late 90's to about 80% in the recent years. This has caused the annual number of measles has increased from 56 cases in 1998 to 1,348 cases in 2008, which is a 37% increase from 2007.

What kicked off the huge concern that has now grown world wide? One report released by Lancet taht based their theory off of a study of 12 children, 8 of which according to the report developed Autism related symptoms just days after the shot.

One problem. The "study" in no way agreed with the doctor's reports at the hospital. Let's look at it.

Child One - The boy’s medical records reveal a subtly different story, one familiar to mothers and fathers of autistic children. At the age of 9½ months, 10 weeks before his jab, his mother had become worried that he did not hear properly: the classic first symptom presented by sufferers of autism.

Child Two - Child Two, an eight-year-old boy from Peter-borough, Cambridgeshire, diagnosed with regressive autism, which, according to the Lancet paper, started “two weeks” after his jab. However, this child’s medical records, backed by numerous specialist assessments, said his problems began three to five months later. The difference between 14 days and a few months is significant, according to experts. Autism usually reveals itself in the second year of life, when the vaccine is routinely given. If there was no sudden onset after the MMR injection, as claimed for the “syndrome”, the condition could be ascribed to a conventional pattern.

Chid Three - Child Three, a six-year-old from Huyton, Merseyside. He was reported in the journal to be suffering from regressive autism and bowel disease: specifically “acute and chronic nonspecific colitis”. The boy’s hospital discharge summary, however, said there was nothing untoward in his biopsy.

Child Four - Had the same GP as Child 8, which raised suspicions of if the study was indeed "random."

Child Six and Seven - Child Six, aged 5, and Child Seven, aged 3, were said to have been diagnosed with regressive autism, with an onset of symptoms “one week” and “24 hours” after the jab respectively. But medical records show that neither boy was “previously normal”, as the Lancet article described all the children, and that both had already been hospitalised with brain problems before their MMR. Child Six received his vaccine at the age of 14 months, but had twice previously been admitted with fits. Child Seven was given his at the age of 20 months but, again, problems already showed.

Child Eight - Child Eight, aged 3, from Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear. She was reported in the journal as having suffered a brain injury “two weeks” after MMR. Her medical records did not support this. Before she was admitted, she had been seen by local specialists, and her GP told the Royal Free of “significant concerns about her development some months before she had her MMR”.

Child Nine - Athology report said: “No abnormality detected”, while the Lancet paper said: “Nonspecific colitis”.

Child Ten - Athology report said: “No abnormality detected”, while the Lancet paper said: “Nonspecific colitis”.

Child Eleven - When biopsies were done later, no evidence of the measels virus (the suspected cause of the link) was discovered.

Child Twelve - Diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder, in which language is not lost, and which is not regressive, nothing like what One and Two were diagnosed with.

Child Five was not listed as having inconsistancies

On top of that, check this out with the "Bowel Irritation" that was reported;

WHEN the children first arrived at the Royal Free, in addition to autism, they were also reported with constipation, diarrhoea or other common bowel complaints. This was the reason given for them travelling between 60 and 5,000 miles to London to enter the care of Wakefield’s team.


A Royal Free consultant pathologist questioned a draft text of the paper. “I was somewhat concerned with the use of the word ‘colitis’,” Susan Davies, a co-author, told the ongoing GMC inquiry into the ethics of how the children were treated, in September 2007.

“I was concerned that what we had seen in these children was relatively minor.”

However, after her challenge, it was explained, Wakefield’s team met for a “research review” of the biopsies. It was not an unusual move for a group of specialists to reconsider the evidence upon which their research was relying. It was nevertheless striking that their conclusion was that 11 of the children’s bowels were in fact diseased when their colleagues had found no abnormalities in at least seven of the cases.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

California Can't Tax It's Way Out Of A Deficit

A few years ago, Don "Do Nothing" Sundquist brought forward a bill imposing a sate wide income tax, promising that the sales tax would be eliminated. People went ballistic, and for a good reason.

Then later, the report was "Well, if we do the income tax, we can't eliminate the sales tax, but we'll reduce it from 9.75% to 6%. People went even more ballistic.

The sign that forever sticks out in my mind is one that basically said almost every state with a state income tax still had a budget deficit, even though it was supposed to "fix the problem."

No state sticks out in my mind more than California. The epitome of "You can't tax your way out of it."

California has some of the highest tax rates in the country with a 9.3% marginal tax rate on anyone making over $45,000, and a 7.25% (which can be up to 9.25% in some places) sales tax. OH! And the state has not had any money in the bank for the past 17 months. So much for taxes being the answer.

Could that be the reason people are leaving California for other, lower tax, states by the hundreds of thousands?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Units? Units?

Verizon Wireless can't convert dollars to cents. In their mind $0.002 equals 0.002 cents. Think about that for 1 second. Any longer...and you need to learn your units.

Why is this important? Because even politicians need math lessons.

(*HINT* The US Population is 305,738,000)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

So Which One Is It Barack?

Obama wants more "Clean Coal Plants...

But, he will Bankrupt anyone who builds a coal plant

So which is it? And why just "Clean Coal?" All "clean coal" consists of is capturing the CO2 emissions and pumping them underground. Why not use something that SOLVES the problem, rather than just putting it some place else? Something that removes the CO2, and produces biodiesel? That's a solution.

This quote sums up my opinion of people throwing their blind support of Obama, and part of it is to do with the frustration of the last 8 years;
"You crossed the line first, sir. You squeezed them, you hammered them to the point of desperation. And in their desperation they turned to a man they didn't fully understand."

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