Regarding the matter of incentives -- tax an activity and you will get less of it; pay people for an activity and you will get more of it -- Terry Paulson had a great illustration in his column today:
"What if the next time you went to a department store, they locked the doors, identified the top 10% of the wealthiest customers and forced them to pay for the purchases of all of the other customers in the store. If you received free purchases, you’d be surprised and certainly happy. You’d probably come back with your friends! But what are the chances those wealthy clients would return? How long would it take until you were now the top 10% forced to pay the whole bill? Incentives matter and always will."
According to an Associated Press report, the Obama administration is ready to drop the government-run option as part of its healthcare proposal. Apparently the boisterous townhall meetings, which led to Democrats calling Americans a "mob," and their protests "phony," demonstrated to those same Democrats the power of the public. Sometimes these politicians have to be reminded who's the boss.
A recap of what Democrats think of Americans who protest against them: Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer - "UnAmerican." John Dingell - "KKK and white supremacists." Democratic National Committee - "a sham." Nancy Pelosi - "Astroturf." (A fake grassroots movement.) Harry Reid - "evil-mongers."
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you today's Democrat Party.
One of my concerns with our self-sufficient dream home has been our ability to be self-sufficient in potable water here on the arid plains. Well, my problem may be solved by the time I get around to actually building. I give you the Whisson Windmill, which collects water from the air:
This device has the potential to produce up to 2,000 gallons of water a day.
Last Sunday Tiger Woods won a golf tournament when his opponent, Padraig Harrington, triple-bogeyed after muffing some difficult shots. Woods was angry after the tournament because PGA official John Paramor put the two players on a timer after the 16th hole. Harrington rushed his shots and subsequently lost to Woods. Woods said he told Harrington after it was over, “I’m sorry that John got in the way of a great battle.”
When asked if he regretted making the issue personal by singling out the official, Woods said, “No. Because he’s the one who did it.”
It's kind of cool to hear an athlete stand behind what he said in an honest, open way.
New York Times story: "White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost"
Lead paragraph: "Pressed by industry lobbyists, White House officials on Wednesday assured drug makers that the administration stood by a behind-the-scenes deal to block any Congressional effort to extract cost savings from them beyond an agreed-upon $80 billion."
In exchange for this deal with Obama, drug makers agree to sponsor commercials and other advertising supporting his healthcare plan. Quid pro quo.
In the killing fields of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, the government used informers in each village to determine who was loyal. Those who were deemed not loyal enough were led to mass graves and beaten to death or buried alive. "Bullets are not to be wasted" was the cost-saving directive. . The Obama White House is now asking informers to contact them with information that they consider "disloyal." The White House issued a memo.asking the public to inform the Obama administration of any "fishy" e-mails or blogs. Fishy, in this case, being anything critical of the Obama healthcare plan, which the White House characterizes as "disinformation." That's right, Obama's Chicago Political Machine is channeling Pol Pot. . Luckily, at least one politician, Texas Senator John Cornyn, is confronting the Obama White House on this hideous new political tactic. . The question is this: What are they going to do with the information? Suddenly, exercising my First Amendment rights feels like something the White House is prepared to punish. Is that what the President is supposed to do? And if their attitude is that a move like this is acceptable, what else do they have in mind for Americans?