Articles by " Brian Morgenstern"
20 Aug
2009
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Medicare Overhead Hogwash and Other Concerns

Check out the following link for an interview with New York Congressman Anthony Weiner in which he advocates for Medicare for every American: http://themoderatevoice.com/43558/anthony-weiner-tears-off-the-mask/

He seizes on Medicare’s “4% overhead” as an argument in favor of government health insurance.  He actually claims that the government program is more efficient than private industry.  Well, here is an article explaining how he uses a “statistical sleight of hand” to make his liberal agenda more palatable:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/27/the_adminstrative_cost_benefit_myth_97193.html

Medicare spends more on medical care and relatively less on administrative costs than private insurers because its pool of patients is older and requires more care than the general population.  That does not mean that Medicare is efficient or that it spends less real money on administration – it just means that it spends a lower percentage of its budget on paperclips and highlighters.  Furthermore, the congressman fails to recognize that Medicare has economies of scale that make the comparison with private insurers sort of like comparing Wal-Mart to a bodega, if Wal-Mart could require every bodega to comply with 1,000 pages of paperwork every year.  Oh, and I almost forgot to point out the obvious that Medicare has no advertising costs and no profit motive to cut down on fraud.  If it did, it would justifiably spend more on administration. 

Before I wrap this up, I have one other point worth mentioning – it is my understanding that American seniors are required to pay about $100 per month for Medicare as their secondary insurance provider, even if they have purchased their own primary health insurance.  That is, quite simply, an age tax.  So, the “public option” that exists right now for senior citizens looks more like a requirement.  I wonder how that would work out if it were expanded to cover every American during a recession when unemployment is near 10%.

21 Apr
2009
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Janeane Garafalo Thinks Teapartyers are Racists

Wow. If she could please explain the link between protesting tax-and-spend policies and racism, it might help me understand exactly what on earth she is talking about. Isn’t it ironic that someone who bases her entire political philosophy on progressive, tolerant ideals can be so intolerant and small-minded towards people who just think their government is too big?

Read an article about it here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1661145/janeane_garofalo_tea_partiers_are_racist.html?cat=9

11 Apr
2009
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Tax Capital of America

I couldn’t say it any better than the Wall Street Journal already did.  New York is in deep, deep trouble thanks to its tax-and-spend Democratic leadership.  

6 Apr
2009
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He’s Baaaaaack

Former Governor Spitzer is testing the waters of public life again. Sometimes there is a fine line between tenacious and shameless. This is not one of those close calls. http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/spitzer-uses-economy-to-re-emerge-after-scandal-2009-04-06.html

You can (A) run for governor, or (B) purchase the services of a prostitute with your credit card and hope to get away with it. You can’t do both. I hoped that our former governor had learned that lesson.

3 Mar
2009
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Obama to Increase National Debt to $23 Trillion in Ten Years

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Editorial Board wrote an article that favors President Obama’s spending priorities. Even they admit, however, “Under [Obama’s] most optimistic scenario, the national debt will have nearly doubled again in 10 years, to $23 trillion.” http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20090301_Editorial__The_Budget.html

$23 trillion. Just take a moment to say that out loud. Today, each American’s share of our $10 trillion debt is over $35,000. When will we say, “Enough is enough”?

23 Feb
2009
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Mickey Rourke Should Have Won

Sean Penn won the Oscar for Best Actor and made a passionate but predictable political speech. I was really hoping to see Mickey Rourke win for the pure entertainment value. The Academy Awards would be more interesting with speeches in which actors swear uncontrollably while thanking Eric Roberts, police officers, and the wrestling community. Most of all, I was pulling for the Best Actor award to be dedicated to a dog.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look up Mickey’s speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. It is amazing (and extremely profane, so discretion is advised).

5 Feb
2009
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More Tax Problems

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/05/solis_senate_session_canceled.html?hpid=topnews

Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis’ Senate hearing was cancelled because her husband had to settle old tax liens. First Rep. Charlie Rangle, then Sec. Geithner, then Sen. Daschle, then White House chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killefer, now Rep. Solis. The Democrats have enough players to form a basketball team called the Washington Tax Evaders.

Sean Hannity: “…they themselves don’t pay taxes, so there’s no reason for them to worry about tax increases, right?”