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THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, January 7, 2010
un h e a l t h Y ar r O g a n c e
repeatedly. But now both care better or worse until knowing what is in this This is not the only
houses of Congress have it is too late for the voters massive legislation that massive legislation to
passed government health to hold the administration even members of Con- be rushed to passage in
care legislation and it is accountable. gress are unlikely to have Congress and then left
just a question of recon- The utter cynicism of read. That is also the only to go into effect slowly.
ciling their respective bills this has been apparent reason that makes sense The same political for-
and presenting President from the outset, in the for postponing the time mula was used earlier,
Obama with a political rush to pass a health care when Obamacare goes to pass the “stimulus”
“victory.” bill in a hurry, in order into action after the next bill to spend hundreds
by thomas sowell
In short, this is not about to meet wholly arbitrary, presidential election. of billions of dollars that
Syndicated Columnist
improving the health of self-imposed deadlines. What does calling this the government doesn’t
the American people. It First it was supposed to medical care legislation have-- and that may well
The only thing healthy is about passing some- be passed before the Au- “historic” mean? It means amount to more than a
about Congress’ health in- thing-- anything-- to keep gust 2009 Congressional that previous administra- trillion dollars when the
surance legislation is the the Obama administra- recess. Then it was sup- tions gave up the idea interest on the debt it
healthy skepticism about tion from ending up with posed to be passed before when it became clear that creates is added, for this
it by most of the pub- egg on its face by being Labor Day. When that the voting public did not and the next generation
lic, as revealed by polls. unable to pass a bill, af- didn’t happen, it was sup- want government control to pay off.
What is most unhealthy ter so much hype and posed to be rushed to pas- of medical care. What is Legislation is not the
about this legislation is hoopla. Politically, looking sage before Christmas. “historic” is that this will only sign of this adminis-
the raw arrogance in the impotent is a formula for Why-- especially since be the first administration tration’s contempt for the
way it was conceived and disaster at election time. the legislation would not to show that it doesn’t intelligence of the public
passed. Far better to pass even take effect until years care one bit what the pub- and for the safeguards of
Supporters of govern- bad legislation that will from now? lic wants or doesn’t want. democratic government.
ment health insurance not actually go into effect The only rational ex- In short, this is not about The appointment of
call its passage “historic.” until after the 2012 presi- planation for such haste the public’s health. It is White House “czars” to
Past attempts to pass dential election, so that to pass a bill that will be about Obama’s ego and make policy across a wide
such legislation-- going the public will not know slow to go into effect is to his chance to impose his spectrum of issues-- un-
back for decades-- failed whether it makes medical prevent the public from will and leave a legacy.
See sOwell on 22
th e Ye a r ah e a d - 2010
In January 1979, just 31 pro-West Shah and saw fertile ground for Al Qaida revolt in the Islamic Re-
years ago, Time magazine the country tumble back franchise operations and public of Iran. The Tehe-
headlined a cover article into the dark ages of Is- seems likely to play a wid- ran leadership continues
“Crescent of Crisis” which lamic fundamentalism. er role. to snub the international
illustrated a geographic Then and now a radical- What started well before community and its em-
arc ranging from Afghani- ized Islam, confronted 2001, (with the bombing bryonic nuclear program
stan and Iran in the East, Pakistan and so much of of the USS Navy ship Cole) poses a clear and present
Arabia in the center, and the Crescent of Crisis from in Aden harbor, continued danger to both Israel and
by John J. metzler
Somalia in the West. U.S. Afghanistan, to Iraq, and through the decade, will the wider Middle East. The
Syndicated Columnist
National Security advisor Somalia. probably realistically con- Obama Administration
Zbigniew Brzezinski (one So let’s look at a few key tinue at various levels for has showed perhaps fatal
BENNINGTON VERMONT - As a of Carter’s few competent issues. a generation. Despite the indecision. Content to con-
new decade dawns I again foreign policy officials), War on Terror—While often comfortable “Sep- tain the Atomic Ayatollahs
return to the crystal ball, stated, “An arc of crisis President Barack Obama tember 10th mindset,” we through possibly tougher
to try to decipher what the stretches along the shores will increase U.S. troop must recognize that we are UN sanctions, (at what
new year may hold. Here of the Indian Ocean, with numbers in Afghanistan living in a post-September price to get Russia and
among the snow and ice of fragile social and politi- and possibly get pulled 11th world, like it or not. Mainland China on board
a cold Vermont winter, I’ll cal structures in a region deeper into the Pakistani The recently thwarted with a tough UN resolu-
opine on some key issues of vital importance to us vortex of violence, it ap- bombing of an transat- tion?), the world could
which will face our world threatened with fragmen- pears Yemen could emerge lantic U.S. bound airlin- confront a nuclear weap-
in the year ahead. tation. The resulting po- as the nova star of violence er, sadly underscores the ons armed Iran sooner
As this column opined litical chaos could well be in this deepening crescent “September 10th mindset” than we think.
over a year ago the United filled by elements hostile of crisis. Yemen has long from both the Obama team However events work in
States was likely enter- to our values and sympa- been a rat’s nest on the and bureaucratic Home- strange ways. While the
ing a new age of Jimmy thetic to our adversaries.” Arabian peninsula. The land Security department confrontational regime of
Carter. Recalling the most He was right then and home of the bin-Laden who still are not connect- President Ahmadinijad
incompetent and strategi- now. Then the world was clan, during the Cold War ing the dots, communicat- appears strong, internal
cally myopic administra- on the cusp of the Iranian this mountainous land has ing with each other, or go- discord, fueled by massive
tion most living Americans revolution, one of the key long been a playground of ing beyond the bromides of corruption of the ruling
can recall, 2009 has sadly geopolitical disasters of PLO radicals, East Ger- the blame game. We can’t mullacracy, could see a
evoked the Carter Admin- the post—WWII era, which man and Soviet advi- always rely on luck. brewing anti-Islamic revolt
istration. toppled the reformist and sors. Yemen has proved Iran—There’s a brewing See metzleR on 22
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