Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday's musings

So the senate bill will include a "public option":
" U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Monday the Senate's sweeping healthcare reform bill would include a government-run insurance plan that lets states opt out of participation if they choose."

But I predict Democrats will lose all "moderate" Republican support in going this direction.
And that's partly because, despite all the Democratic partisans' roaring about how supposedly popular is the public option and more governmental control of health care in general, the fact is that just isn't true. The public option and government-run health care is NOT popular, and polling data proves it:
"Regardless of how President Barack Obama's health-care agenda plays out in Congress, it has not been a success in public opinion. Opposition to ObamaCare has risen all year. According to the Gallup polling organization, the percentage of Americans who believe the cost of health care for their families will "get worse" under the proposed reforms rose to 49% from 42% in just the past month. The percentage saying it would "get better" stayed at 22%....An April 2009 survey conducted by the polling firm Ayers, McHenry & Associates for the conservative nonprofit group Resurgent Republic asked respondents which of the following statements about the role of government came closer to their view: (a) "Government policies should promote fairness by narrowing the gap between rich and poor, spreading the wealth, and making sure that economic outcomes are more equal"; or (b) "Government policies should promote opportunity by fostering job growth, encouraging entrepreneurs, and allowing people to keep more of what they earn." Sixty-three percent chose the second option; just 31% chose the first. This is consistent with nonpartisan surveys showing that most Americans think our increasingly redistributionist government is overstepping its bounds. For example, a September 2009 Gallup Poll found that 57% believe the government is "doing too much"—the highest percentage in more than a decade. Just 38% said it "should do more."

Don't let your liberal friends get away with telling you different.

The Indianapolis Colts sure look to be for real--they were expected to thrash the St. Louis Rams but--like a good team--they actually went out and did it, 42-6.
The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, had a bye week. This coming week they play the St. Louis Rams at home. The Lions will--gasp!--be favored. And feel pressure to win.

"Everybody knows New York City is an expensive place to live. But the United Nations wants to know if affordable housing is so tough to come by that it actually violates human rights.The United Nations has assigned an official, “a special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing,” to check the city’s affordable housing. The rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, is to tour the city for the next three days with housing advocates and city officials to “hear the voices of those who are suffering on the ground,” she said."

Maybe next the UN can investigate gas prices in Georgia!
Home prices in Honolulu!!