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…Americans want health care reform because we want affordable health care. We don’t need subsidies or a public option. We don’t need a nationalized health care industry. We need to reduce health care costs. But the Senate Finance plan will dramatically increase those costs, all the while ignoring common sense cost-saving measures like tort reform. Though a Congressional Budget Office report confirmed that reforming medical malpractice and liability laws could save as much as $54 billion over the next ten years, tort reform is nowhere to be found in the Senate Finance bill. 
Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage…
More at the link.
Wasn’t Governor Sarah Palin supposed to be toast, her national political aspirations dead and buried by legacy media? Somebody forgot to tell her. Palin helps NY town celebrate Alaska anniversary
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin set aside politics only briefly Saturday to help Auburn officials celebrate their inaugural Founder’s Day and raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the 19th-century U.S. secretary of state who acquired Alaska for the United States.
More than 20,000 people turned out to see the former Republican vice presidential candidate lead a parade through downtown Auburn and sign a proclamation on the steps of City Hall honoring Seward as “the one person most responsible for Alaska.”
…Local resident Chris Stone, with his wife and three children, said he didn’t care for Palin’s politics but didn’t want to miss the chance to see her in person.
“You can see by the turnout, she’s become a personality and a historical figure,” said Stone, who voted for Obama. “I know all these people aren’t Republicans. This is a chance to see someone who has had a big impact on history.”
And she gave a speech. A few snippets:
…We never need to fear that though we’re not a perfect nation, that we must apologize for being proud of ourselves…
…Now Alaskans get tired of hearing that Washington bureaucrats know what’s best for us. So we push and we fight and we challenge decisions made inside the Beltway when they’re not in the country’s best interest. And we know decisions being made lately, we believe are not in the nation’s best interest, not when they can’t lead us to energy independence. So though it seems that there are some attempts to try to make some from Alaska to sit down and shut up, we’re not going to sit down and shut up, we’re going to spread the message.
We persist because as Alaskans we are independent thinkers, who like Central New Yorkers, we seek to do what is right, not what is just easy. And it seems that when government moves out of the way, that’s when progress can happen…
More on the speech and videos at Conservatives4Palin.
I hope to see her in the running for 2012.
Thanks to Hot Air
Good for her.
Thanks to Hot Air Headlines
My favorite European politician, Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who holds the rotating European Union Presidency, is at it again. He knows the ravages of authoritarian government and isn’t shy about making his views known. MEPs boo call for free speech and EU debate
Many Euro-MPs booed or walked out as the Czech president appealed for a real debate over the meaning of Europe and the European Union.
“The most important task is to make sure that debate over problems is not silenced as an attack on the very idea of European integration. We have always believed that being allowed to discuss such serious issues, being heard, defending everyone’s right to present a different that “the only correct opinion – no matter how much may disagree with it – is at the very core of democracy,” he said.
“Since there is no European demos – and no European nation – this defect can not be solved by strengthening the role of the European Parliament.”
Click here to read his whole speech.
Some members’ reactions to his calls for open discussion and debate:
Socialist leader Martin Schulz said the Czech president showed he “has no understanding of democracy or the workings of the European institutions”.
“We take note that a person who is totally isolated was applauded by a mixture of anti-Europeans and neo-fascists,” he added.
Ignorant rube. Bet he didn’t go to the European equivalent of our Ivy League schools.
Jo Leinen, the chairman of parliament’s constitutional affairs committee, said Klaus presented himself “as a lone and incorrigible provocateur”.
“Václav Klaus’ speech today in the European parliament showed that despite the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, he himself has not fully arrived in the EU yet,” said Leinen.
Redneck hick. Probably follows the Czech equivalent of NASCAR, too.
“To mark the occasion, the Greens would like to nominate him for a special carnival award in recognition of his efforts as provocateur of the year,” he said. “His speech to this house was a perfect source of festive amusement.
“In his speech, Klaus outlined a completely twisted and manipulated view of the European reality.
“He has demonstrated a total ignorance of the historic importance of European integration. To seriously compare the decision-making process in the European Union with that of the Soviet Union indicates that the man has lost all touch with reality.”
He sees Alaska from his backyard, too.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage gave a more positive response to what he described as Klaus’ “demolition job on the European Union political elite”.
“He suggested that their unwillingness to listen to alternative views was similar to that to the previous Soviet regime,” Farage said.
“It is the only time in my 10 years that I have stood up and cheered loudly.”
The EU’s reception of President Klaus sounds a lot like our elite’s response to Sarah Palin. That makes him a keeper, in my book.
H/T EU Referendum