Prison for Climate Deniers + More – Daily Digest

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THE FOUNDATION

“When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 71, 1788

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Prison for Climate Deniers

You may have never heard of Lawrence Torcello, but he wants to put you in prison. Torcello is an assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and he wrote recently that the “well documented funding of global warming denialism” is not only wrong but “ought to be considered criminally negligent.” He complains that “climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.” And his solution is, “The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.” And here we thought science was forming and testing hypotheses, not burning heretics at the stake.

Biden Saves the Day

The situation in Ukraine must be worse than we thought because the White House dispatched Joe Biden to “reassure our allies” in Eastern Europe that everything will be all right. In fact, he told Polish President Bronislaw Komorowsk, “You have an ally whose [defense] budget is larger than the next 10 nations in the world combined, so don’t worry about where we are.” Of course, Barack Obama is doing his best to cut that budget down to size, not to mention that he pulled the rug out from under Poland on missile defense. Forgive us, but sending Joe Biden to deter Vladimir Putin isn’t the most reassuring thing we can think of. But maybe as long as he took his double barrel shotgun and can fire off a couple of rounds, our allies will feel safe.

ObamaCare Horror Story

Larry Basich of Las Vegas is discovering just how convoluted and unaffordable the “Affordable” Care Act is. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, “Basich, 62, bought a plan through the state’s Nevada Health Link insurance exchange in the fall. He’s been paying monthly premiums since November. Yet the Las Vegan is stranded in a no-man’s-land where no carrier claims him, and his tab is mounting: Basich owes $407,000 for care received in January and February, when his policy was supposed to be in effect. Instead, he’s covered only for March and beyond.” Interestingly, the Review-Journal adds this little tidbit: “Even [Harry] Reid, who took flak for his Feb. 26 statement that ‘all’ Obamacare ‘horror stories’ are ‘untrue,’ is trying to help.” Perhaps he’d be of most help by publicly admitting he lied, and that ObamaCare is not the health solution everyone’s looking for. We can dream at least.

Winning in Regulation

According to a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Barack Obama has expanded the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by some 17,522 pages, an 11% increase. That’s an average of 3,504 pages every year. And he’s still got three years in office. (The CFR is the “codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register.”) The problem is that Obama operates with a pen and a phone to act wherever Congress doesn’t or won’t do his bidding. When socialists can’t legislate the centralization of free enterprise, they regulate it.

All the Phone Calls

In the latest revelations about the National Security Agency, The Washington Post reports that the agency “has built a surveillance system capable of recording ‘100 percent’ of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place.” The Post won’t say which nation, but it’s almost irrelevant – the NSA is able to do this, began it in 2009, and may soon expand the program, called MYSTIC, into other countries. “Analysts listen to only a fraction of 1 percent of the calls, but the absolute numbers are high,” notes the Post. “Each month, they send millions of voice clippings, or ‘cuts,’ for processing and long-term storage.”

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Arrogance of ObamaCare

PP_ObamaCare_2014-03-18-0d41b07cObamaCare hit a milestone Monday, as the Obama administration announced that five million people have now enrolled for health insurance under the law. That’s approaching the six million that the Congressional Budget Office projected would enroll by March 31. But there’s more than meets the eye here.

The White House still won’t say how many people have paid their premiums (i.e., actually enrolled). It also won’t tell us how many enrollees were previously insured. Millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled because of the law’s regulations. The law says plans must cover all kinds of “comprehensive” things, so when a plan changed slightly after the law went into effect, it then had to comply with all of ObamaCare’s regulations – hence the cancellations. If new enrollments are substantially made up of previously covered but subsequently cancelled people, that’s hardly a success. In fact, it’s often replacing a decent plan with a worse one that costs more.

According to one recent survey, one in three uninsured Americans plans to remain that way. That’s in large part thanks to skyrocketing premiums that will double in some parts of the country. The sticker shock is deterring many and causing those who do sign up to choose the bottom-rung “bronze” plans. Folks would rather pay the fine (ahem, the “tax”) of 1% of adjusted gross income and only sign up when they get sick. Who can blame them when the administration keeps delaying any penalties?

The White House has taken to entertaining, nagging and cajoling the young people ObamaCare must enroll in large numbers in order for it to “work.” To subsidize the old and sick, the law depends on 40% of enrollees being young and healthy. But only about 25% of enrollees are young and it’s a safe bet they’re not as healthy on average as their age suggests, which means they won’t balance the additional costs of the old and sick.

One of the core problems with ObamaCare is the designers’ arrogance. Congressional Democrats thought that in a nation of more than 300 million people only they were smart and benevolent enough to design a health care law to fit everyone. But it will only work if participation is mandated. It’s hard to think of something more antithetical to the principles upon which the nation was founded. And it’s no wonder it isn’t working.

The History Lesson in Ukraine

PP_Ukraine_2014-03-19-4d7bd830_feature“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As the world sits and watches Russia gobble up the Crimea, George Santayana’s words ring just as true today as when he wrote them over a hundred years ago. With Vladimir Putin citing the “self-determination” of ethnic Russians as justification for annexing the Crimea, it’s all the more startling that so many in the West seem unable to remember another man who claimed he merely wanted to protect ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia.

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24 Medals of Honor Awarded

PP_MedalofHonor _2014-03-19-3cb409c5_featureIn 2002, the National Defense Authorization Act prompted a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to determine if actions worthy of the Medal of Honor had been overlooked because of discrimination.

On Tuesday, 24 veterans of those wars received the Medal of Honor. Each had previously received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award. Vietnam veterans Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, Master Sgt. Jose Rodela and Spc. Santiago Erevia all attended and received their medals, while the others were given posthumously. Ten of the 24 men never came home, and one is still missing.

Read the rest of the story here.

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TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Economist Thomas Sowell: “If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator [Mitch] McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union – and in one recent year had a 100 percent ranking. … This year’s elections and the 2016 presidential election may be among the most important elections in the history of this country… Those Republicans who seem ready to jeopardize their own party’s chances of winning these two crucial elections by following a rule-or-ruin fight against fellow Republicans may claim to be following their ideals. But headstrong self-righteousness is not idealism, and it is seldom a way to advance any cause. … If the rule-or-ruin faction among Republicans ends up giving the Democrats another Senate majority under Harry Reid, not only the Republican Party but the entire nation, and generations yet unborn, will end up paying the price.”

American journalist Herbert Sebastien Agar (1897-1980): “The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.”

Columnist Ben Shapiro: “Today, Americans are only told to mind our own business when we’re not, in fact, engaging in business. … Societal problems are now personal; personal problems are now societal. … If we believe, as Hillary Clinton does, that it takes a village, then those who insist on personal privacy and freedom are obstacles to happiness and accomplishment. Only the collective is good. Any manifestation of individuality that poses a threat to that collective is by necessity evil. … The obliteration of the distinction between the personal and the collective marks the end of American rights. But if you’re worried about it, you should probably mind your own business.”

Columnist Burt Prelutsky: “I can’t count the times that someone at Fox News – usually Bret Baier – would announce that Obama was about to deliver a speech, and 10 minutes later, he still hadn’t shown up. The camera would show the microphone, but there’d be nobody there. Finally, he’d stroll in – no explanation, no apology – and there would still be nobody, just an empty suit at the microphone.”

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