Michael Fumento reports that The WHO finally gets its pandemic!
Not this Who,
but the World Health Organization.
Jules explains How To Make A Malawian Soccer Ball
Maria sent Bam’s Euro Freeze, and the unexpected chill.
My friend Erik was at the 65th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day and reports on the event: Obama’s stirring words to D-Day veterans (“You could have hid in the hedgerows or waited behind the seawall”) come with… (faint) apology for WWII!
Via Casuist, Washington Wants German Help with Two More Prisoners. There’s lots of money involved in Uighur relocation, isn’t there?
In further foreign relations news, the Obama administration announced the release of four Uighurs to the Bermuda, but imposed travel restrictions that blocks them from entering the US… and neglected to notify the British government.
Glenn Reynolds, in a rare long post, asks HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING IS BECOMING A PROBLEM FOR OBAMA?
IBD explains The President’s Paygo Schitck. More at the WSJ, The ‘Paygo’ Coverup
The Obama pattern: Spend, repent, spend again, repent.
The real game here is that the President is trying to give Democrats in Congress political cover for the health-care blowout and tax-increase votes that he knows are coming. The polls are showing that Mr. Obama’s spending plans are far less popular than the President himself, and Democrats in swing districts are getting nervous. The paygo ruse gives Blue Dog Democrats cover to say they voted for “fiscal discipline,” even as they vote to pass the greatest entitlement expansion in modern history. The Blue Dogs always play this double game.
The other goal of this new paygo campaign is to make it easier to raise taxes in 2011, and impossible to cut taxes for years after that. In the near term, paygo gives Mr. Obama another excuse to let the Bush tax cuts he dislikes expire after 2010, while exempting those (for lower-income voters) that he likes. In the longer term, if a GOP Congress or President ever want to cut taxes, paygo applies a straitjacket that pits those tax cuts against, say, spending cuts in Medicare. The Reagan tax reductions would never have happened under paygo.
Are we worrying yet? Via Maggie, Brazil, Russia Trade T-Bills for IMF Clout
Brazil and Russia are set to unload U.S. Treasury bonds as they acquire $10 billion each of new International Monetary Fund securities designed to bolster the institution’s aid programs, officials in the countries said Wednesday.
The moves are part of a bid by the so-called BRIC nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China — to play a bigger role at the IMF and other international institutions. The announcements helped push Treasury yields to their highest level this year on concern that rising U.S. debt has hurt T-bill demand among big holders of U.S. dollar reserves.
Expect a lot more of that in the future.
Back when he was campaigning Before he was elected, Obama said that terrorists should not get Miranda rights:
Well, now they will.
I wonder how the news that the Weekly Standard may have been a target of the Holocaust Museum shooter will be spun by those who think Napolitano is a visionary.
The AMA opposes government single-payor medical coverage. I worked in different positions in the group medical benefits insurance business for nearly 10 years and Medicare was a disaster. I advised my parents to have supplemental coverage, which they did, and which was invaluable during my father’s last illness. The proposed Obamacare is Medicare, only in bigger scale.
On a single-payor system, there won’t be a supplemental plan.
And it will lead to rationing. Medical rationing is never called that; it takes the form of absurdly long waits for all sorts of treatments.
The Dems are split on the issue.
Last but not least, what’s for dinner? The world of MREs, that’s what!