MEGAN MCARDLE: “Green jobs… ginseng of progressive politics”

March 11, 2010

Instapundit » Blog Archive » MEGAN MCARDLE: “Green jobs have become the ginseng of progressive politics: a sort of broad-spectru

Yeah… this pretty much sums up my views of the whole Green movement. Again so well put by Megan McArdle.

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Plea for Comment Thread Civility | Megan McArdle

February 7, 2010

My Quarterly Plea for Comment Thread Civility – Megan McArdle

This should be mandatory reading for anyone posting anything on the internet… seriously.

Take a step back, folks, and consider the possibility that you (gasp!) may be the one wrong.


Both Sides Now – Megan McArdle

January 19, 2010

Both Sides Now – Megan McArdle

I’m in love w/Megan McArdle… she has a way of putting complex ideas into words I understand.

In this article she’s pretty much addressing all those people who see their political opponents as evil empires bankrupt of any moral values whatsoever. And her simple response to them is, “Grow up.”

In a situation like that, it is natural to despair that those who oppose you have made a tragic error. But if you want to rage, rage against the universe that provides us too little information, and too limited brains, to make perfect choices every time.  If Coakley wins (or Brown does and the Democrats manage, against my expectation, to pass something anyway), I won’t be happy about it.  But I don’t need to go inventing evils where none exist, for the sheer joy of venting my unhappiness on a person.  Life is too short for me to spend any time manufacturing hatred for strangers.


Megan McArdle on the Healthcare Bill

December 20, 2009

Megan McArdle

No bill this large has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote, or even anything close to a straight party-line vote. No bill this unpopular has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote. We’re in a new political world. I’m not sure I understand it.

That doesn’t make me feel good about the future…

UPDATE: The Senate vote took place at 1 o’clock in the morning… speculation is that Harry Reid needed this ASAP in order to get it to the House before Christmas. My take is this piece of crap wouldn’t stand the light of normal working hours.

People will look back on this and wonder at why there wasn’t greater outrage. Reminds me of another late night meeting involving leadership…


Your Daily Health Care – Megan McArdle

August 18, 2009

Your Daily Omnibus Health Care Post – Megan McArdle

I like Megan McArdle… she makes reasonable arguments for her points while admitting the other side has legitimate points as well.

This article is a good breakdown of who public health insurance is supposed to benefit and who would pay for it.


Health Care Rationing – Megan McArdle

August 11, 2009

Rationing By Any Other Name – Megan McArdle

Good article about health care, but the quote that I liked addressed the amount of stupid logic floating around unchallenged:

This is one of the things that most puzzles me about the health care debate:  statements that would strike almost anyone as stupid in the context of any other good suddenly become dazzling insights when they’re applied to hip replacements and otitis media.

I just don’t get how ridiculous arguments are put forth and everybody gets stupid when it comes to simple logic. McArdle makes the above statement after tearing apart the suggestion that government rationing is no different than what we already have:

Robert Wright notes that “we already ration health care; we just let the market do the rationing.”  This is a true point made by the proponents of health care reform.  But I’m not sure why it’s supposed to be so interesting.  You could make this statement about any good:

“We already ration food; we just let the market do the rationing.”
“We already ration gasoline; we just let the market do the rationing.”
“We already ration cigarettes; we just let the market do the rationing.”

Simple logic not only eludes the experts on the Left but it simply never gets challenged by the MSM.

Here’s another stupid argument:

Government needs to control the health care market because it’s not competitive enough.

If that were true then I wouldn’t have changed health plans five times in the past decade because every other year my company shuffled the plans. And I understand the reason for this was to save money as health care costs increased. But to say the market isn’t competitive and somehow government intervention is going to make it more so is willfully ignoring reality. There IS competition… the likely reason for rising costs can be found in over regulation and/or under prosecution of meaningful violations.