2006: Health Policy Malpractice

The administration has made health care policy choices consistent with its private sector ideology and the preferences of supportive special interest groups even though there is strong evidence that other choices would provide better health outcomes at a lower cost: Health Policy Malpractice, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Let me tell you about two government-financed health care programs. One, the Veterans Health Administration, is a stunning success — but the administration and Republicans in Congress refuse to build on that success because it doesn’t fit their conservative agenda. The other, Medicare Advantage, is a clear failure, but it’s expanding rapidly thanks to large subsidies the administration rammed through Congress in 2003. … The key to the V.A.’s success is its long-term relationship with its clients: veterans, once in the V.A. system, normally stay in it for life. This means that the V.A. can … make much better use […] Read More

1990: COMMENT UPON VOLUNTARY NATURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY

    Today, everyday Americans are constantly confronted with greater and more frequent requests from all too many sources that they provide to the inquiring parties their “Number of the Beast,” the Social Security number (“SSN”). The examples of this modern-day phenomenon are numerous and known to all. Many States are now moving to ostensibly require the display of SSNs upon drivers’ licenses. Public school officials demand that school-age children obtain SSNs before those children may be enrolled in any public school. Hospitals seek to obtain SSNs for each child born in their facilities. Private parties of all kinds, from banks to employers, deem it essential that they obtain the SSN of everyone with whom they may conduct any business. With all these entities making these demands, surely “the law” must contain a requirement that everyone have the “Number of the Beast”[1]. Or, is it possible that everybody simply acts […] Read More

1917: DICK ACT of 1902…

DICK ACT of 1902… CAN’T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) – ProtectionAgainst Tyrannical Government  Submitted by Jonathan on Sun, 03/29/2009 – 2:04pm. The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654 of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities. ** SPREAD THIS TO EVERYONE ** The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army. The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy. The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to […] Read More

2006: Ex-employee says FAA warned before 911

Immediately (after 9/11), numerous government officials from FAA as well as other government agencies made defensive statements such as, ‘How could we have known this was going to happen?’ ” Bogdan Dzakovic testified later before the 9/11 Commission. “The truth is, they did know.” By Catherine Rampell, USA TODAY From 1995 to 2001, Bogdan Dzakovic served as a team leader on the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA think like terrorists, the elite squad tested airport security systems. In the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Dzakovic says, the team was able to breach security about 90% of the time, sneaking bombs and submachine guns past airport screeners. Expensive new bomb detection machines consistently failed, he says. The team repeatedly warned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its […] Read More