Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday's trackings

Sarah Palin will do an interview on "Oprah":
"Sarah Palin will sit down with Oprah Winfrey the day before her new memoir hits bookstores, Harpo announced Tuesday. The former Alaska governor will make the appearance on Oprah on November 16 to talk about her highly anticipated tell-all, "Going Rogue: An American Life."

It's a good venue for Palin. She can show more of who she really is. And if Oprah tries to come out in full attack mode, it will be she who will look bad--not Palin.

Obama gives a nod to states rights, liberty, and toning down the endless war on drugs:
"In an apparent nod to states' rights, the Obama administration on Monday said federal drug agents won't go after pot-smoking patients and growers in states like Michigan that allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes.The net effect of the hands-off policy, according to Greg Francisco, director of the group Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, will be negligible."The practical effect is very little," the Paw Paw, Mich., resident said. "Most people were already flying below the radar of federal authorities because they've been in compliance with state law," he added."

Well, I'm glad they were below the radar--and I'm glad that the Obama administration won't change that. Fundamental: if an adult makes the choice to use marijuana for medical reasons and it's helping him or her, conservatives should be all for it. It's called liberty.

Simply put, there are a ton of dangers with nationalized health care. See Great Britain for examples, as NR Online showed today:
"The United Kingdom continues to provide vivid warnings about the dangers of centralized health-care planning — a real possibility under Obamacare. Within the last few years, the U.K.’s notorious rationing board, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), urged hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices to follow an end-of-life protocol known as the Liverpool Care Pathway. The Pathway’s guidelines instruct doctors to put patients thought to be near death into a drug-induced coma, after which all food and fluids, as well as medical treatments such as antibiotics, are withdrawn until death.The problem with such a protocol is that no matter how well motivated — and undoubtedly, the Pathway’s creators had good intentions — follow-the-dots medical protocols often lead to patients’ being treated as members of a category rather than as individuals. At that point, nuance often goes out the door, and mistakes, neglect, and even oppression frequently follow.That seems to be precisely what has happened with the Pathway as it has been applied in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices throughout the U.K. Angry family members are beginning to come forward, charging that their loved ones have been sedated and had food and water withdrawn — whether their symptoms warranted these measures or not. Indeed, some have alleged that their deceased relatives would have lived but for having been put on the Pathway to death."

Yet more reason to be against a single-payer, one-size-fits-all system. Individuals have to have the right to opt out if they're not happy.