Myphon There is an interesting legal question when one gets into the question of whether the government can take the value of your property by restricting its use , without having to pay for if. The last time I checked into this area, admittedly some years ago, there was a SCt decision that said when the govt destroyed substantially all value by its restrictions, it had to pay. However there was also authority that said when it only destroyed a small amount of the value, perhaps less than half, it did not have to pay. So the question is, how much of the value of your land can the government take without having to pay for it? So far as I know, this question has not yet been answered. My belief is that it would be good if the govt had to pay for any measurable value it took. I doubt that anything could bring some common sense and sense of proportion into the environmental area more quickly that making the govt pay for the value it takes
Health care reform is an entirely different thing from health care insurance. Health care would be much cheaper if there was no such thing as health care insurance. The purpose of Obamacare was not to provide health insurance. It was to destroy private health care. But the socialists ideas always produce scarcity and less quality in whatever they take over. True health care reform would involve applying basic economic principles , such as increasing the number of doctors and nurses, eliminating artificial restrictions to entry into the various medical fields, promoting charity hospitals, etc. Instead , we are presented with a fraudulent scheme designed to destroy the private health care industry, and to fleece the young and healthy, and whlich is continually lied about by Obama, and hls democrat socialist gang, who passed it . There purpose is to buy enough votes to establish a socialist/communist regime in the US so Obama can bring Americans down to the low level he thinks they deserve. Meanwhlile he, like all communist head of state, wiil be very wealtlhy.
To me, it borders on the unconscionable to put a hold on use of this drug on people who want to take it and who have a disease that is going to kill them and for which there is no effective treatment , for no better reason than that given by the FDA. There may possibly have been no hanky panky between the FDA and those who would like to see Geron fail, but the circumstances are extremely suspicious.
The EPA could make this into something where everybody wins, but that is not what the EPA wants to do. As long as the Obama gang of socialists, supported by environmental extremists is in charge, the EPA does not want everybody to win. What it wants to for the government to take over as much of all businesses as possible, and to regulate and control everyone's affairs as much as they can. Look at their attack on the coal industry, for example. The EPA has fallen in line with out socialist president, and what they want is to reduce American prosperity, freedom and exceptionalism, and they are hard at work doing it.
granger, I agree with you. This hold may possibly not be the result of fraud, but it looks extremely suspicious. Some people made a vast fortune on this sudden and unexpected announcement. We have been lied to so much by our current president and his gang, and the lies have been obfuscated by the mainstream press so much, that it is a wonder anyone trusts anything these people do. From paying off friends bankrupt green energy companies with the stimulous money, to betraying our people in Benghazi and lie about it , through using the irs to hamper political opponents and saying there was not a smigeon of corruption, to the big lie that you can keep your health insurance if you like it, we have been subjected to an unprecedented series of lies by the Obama gang now in charge. And if one points out these lies they say he is a
racist or a right wing nut.
Obamacare is on its way to destroying the private health care industry, and as it does so, it is also destroying jobs and opportunity for young people across America, and for many older ones as well. Of course, this is what the socialist democrats that passed it wanted - to make as many people dependent on government as they can. What these misguided souls do not understand or choose to ignore is that prosperity of a people is severely hampered by socialism. For a time the socialists can rob those who work and produce, but only for a time, and after that there is less left for the socialists to steal and hand out to those that did not earn it. The inability of socialism to produce is what brought down the Berlin Wall, and has made all socialists societies less prosperous than they would have otherwise been. It is no accident that our most socialist anti American prosperity president has achieved record numbers on food stamps and has not been able to get the economy going, although his relentless inflation has driven up stock prices, since this has caused the return on capital at interest to be so low.
The real purpose the democrats passed and signed into law Obamacare was not to insure uninsured persons. It was to destroy private health care and private health insurance - to create such health care mess that people would allow the government to take over all health care and establish socialized medicine. Obama and gang knew that many millions would lose their current plans they liked but they relentlessly lied to America concerning this and forced Obamacare upon us. All that remains to be seen is whether most Americans are able to figure this out and vote these socialist scoundrels out of office, or whether they will be allowed to continue to destroy free enterprise, jobs, and prosperity, while they destroy private health care.
biosect: Apparently you are promulgating a standard liberal lie - i.e. that people who support individual freedom and responsibility and limited government are not loving and compassionate, and those who seek to control and force people are. But actually the converse is the truth. The unemployment rate among black teenagers is not about 50% because of people who believe in freedom. Just how loving do you think such outstanding communists/socialists as Kim Il Jong and Stalin and Mao and Fidel were? The controller regulators kill jobs and opportunity and the most hurt are those at the bottom of the economic ladder, who they claim they want to help. Our inalienable rights are God given, not created by governments.
elk: I find it hard to accept the idea, apparently asserted by Derbyshire, that practically all educated black americans are communists.. If so , their education is sadly deficient,lacking , among other things, a sound grounding in economics and history. But Derby's statement might be true if limited to black journalists or black high public officials. Of course the communists/socialists almost always assert that any disagreement with socialist policies is racially motivated, which is a blatant falsehood. Two of my favorite economists are Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, both champions of free markets and individual freedom.
We should pray that Obama and Holder grow spiritually to become much better people than they are. But we should also hope that they fail in their efforts to destroy freedom, opportunity and prosperity in America. Their socialistic control and regulate policies have already destroyed millions of full time jobs, greatly increased the national debt, and swollen the number on food stamps to all time highs. They have made more people than even dependent on government and done what they can to facilitate voter fraud. How many times do we have to see communists/socialists impoverish their people, and turn their governments into dictatorships, before we can understand that it is wrong. Force can never establish love and good will and lasting prosperity; it can only foster resentment and scarcity.
Lois is not going to testify voluntarily, and sadly, Issa and the feckless republican leadership are not going to force her to. She probably waived her 5th amendment privilege when she made her little speech some time back, and could be forced to testify or be held in contempt of congress, but watch. Issa will do nothing and she will get away with it. I hope I am wrong but I think it will take someone with the backbone of Cruz or Lee to get past the Obama gang's lies and deceptions concerning their use of the irs to attack their opponents. Their lies concerning this, and their fake investigation into it, are amazingly brazen.
elk I hope you have grown a good winter coat and that it lasts a while, because we are on the verge of, and may be starting now, a global cooling period, which is expected to begin in 100 or 150 years or so. As for peer reviewed scientists, global warming has become a mini industry and if a young graduate student is honest and courageous enough to oppose it , he is likely to not advance in his field. And as to profitiabllity, just ask Al Gore how profitable the man caused global warming hoax can be.
The people who support the fraudulent theory of man caused global warming can find a way to twist all cold weather into something caused by global warming Many of them do not know that what they call a polar vortex is a phenomena that has sent cold weather down to America long before many of the global warming crowd were born But like all great frauds, the idea of man caused global worming offers such opportunity for control and plunder of their fellows, that the global warming crowd just can't give it up.
Does the Obama gang ( Democrats) really think most Americans are so stupid as to fall for a temporary delay in Obamacare ? Apparently it does, although it is obvious that its sole purpose is to help the Obama gang in the 2014 elections, even though they will relentlessly impose all of its bad effects and policies on America once that election is overwith. The job and wealth destroying potential of Obamacare is iust too much for this gang to abandon, since it wants to make everyone it can dependent on government assistance. We can see the failure of communism all over the world so why is this gang trying so hard to impose it upon us? Could it be that they see in it wealth as power for themselves, just as the major figures of communist regimes always obtain wealth and power for themselves while they impoverish the public.
There is much truth in what Vaclav said. It reminds me of a saying that is supposed to be from Vladimir Putin, but may just be a joke. He is supposed to have said "Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The Pigeon knocks over the pieces, #$%$ on the chess board, and then struts around acting like it won."
Big government and big corruption go hand in hand. It is no accident that socialist governments are corrupt, but a natural consequence. The more people have to turn to the govt for permission to do anything, the more opportunity the people running the govt have to extract favors and bribes. It is no accident that most of the stimulus money went to Obama's friends with their failing and bogus green energy companies.
Looks like Obama and gang's EPA has launched another preemptive strike against the Pebble Mine. Hope they fail. They have killed enough jobs and prosperity already.
rational: No. I only blame Obama for what he and his gang have done, like prevent the keystone pipeline, hamstring the oil industry in the gulf and cut down on federal leases, attack coal companies, and pass obamacare, killing millions of jobs and converting many others into part time ones, abandoning our people in Benghazi and lying about it and blaming a video maker who had nothing to do with it, attempting to control the press by wanting to put govt agents into news rooms, and using the irs to attack political oponents and lying about it, and weakening our military, and doing his best to arm militant jihadists, who hate America ,in the middle east, and placing perons with ties to the muslim brotherhood in positions of importance in national security, to name some of his most salient transgressions.
Carolyn: If there is any manipulation going on it is far more likely to be from Obama's Wall Street friends and supporters ( remember how Jon Consign's firm "accidentally" mixed about a billion dollars of its clients money with its own ends fed off handouts to their bogus green ennery companies) , than it is from conservative republicans who actually believe in freedom. Of course we know Obama is an inveterate liar and apparently that is also true of Harry Reid who is now calling the cancer victims hurt by Obama care liars. How prosperous can a country expect to be if it employs to manage its affairs people like this, who lie to the public whenever it suits their interest,