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Iran’s Tyranny

Saturday, June 13, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Iran’s sham election is part of the regime’s thirty-year pattern of internal oppression combined with the export of violence. On yesterday’s program, Charles Krauthammer speculated that this sort of massive election fraud following a build-up of expectations of liberalization and reform can trigger massive populist convulsions.

There are a few reports trickling out via Twitter –visit and use the search term #iran or #iranelection– but the regime will not hesitate to use all the violence it needs to maintain its power and pursue its nuclear weapons. Israel now knows that neither external pressure or internal reform will stop the fascist radicals controlling the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Krauthammer also said yesterday, this makes the likelihood of an attack by Israel on Iran a near-certainty.

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Stopping The “Government Option,” Now Renamed the “Public Option.”

Friday, June 12, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Obama/Pelosi/Reid push to take over and nationalize health insurance via the so-called “government option” has received a face-lift this week, with many advocates of the takeover now calling it the “public option,” which sounds less intrusive. [# More #] No matter what you call it, the “government/public option” will destroy private sector insurance very soon after it passes and will push tens of millions of employed and covered Americans from the insurance plans they currently own (and generally like) into the sprawling, top-down, rationing-on-the-sly plan that is just Medicare on steroids, a “public option” that will be just as broke and just as oppressive when it comes to intensive treatment of difficult diseases and conditions as medicare is.

Time’s Karen Tumulty notes that the president is still using campaign-style vagaries to describe what he is after, avoiding the clarity that will mobilize those tens of millions of Americans who like their health care and who want it to be available for them as they age. Even the AMA has awoken to the dangerous approach of a Canada-style single-payer under the camouflage of “public option.”

Spend some time this weekend letting the Blue Dog Democrats in the House or Democratic Senators up for re-election in the Senate in 2010 know that you oppose the “public option” or the “government option” or whatever else the Obama/Pelosi/Reid takeover is called. Some of the offices won’t accept e-mail from outside their District or state, but start with your own state’s members and move out from there. Every e-mail and phone call to a “moderate” Democrat helps turn back the government takeover of health care.

To call any Senate office, just dial 202-225-3121. The list of Democrats up for re-election in 2010:

Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln

New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand

Indiana’s Evan Bayh

North Dakota’s Byron Dorgan

Colorado’s Michael Bennet

Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter

Oregon’s Ron Wyden

Washington’s Patty Murray and

yes, Nevada’s Harry Reid. If Majority Leader Reid truns against the “government option,” it is dead.

“Driving Like Crazy” by P.J. O’Rourke

Thursday, June 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

If the prospect of the leveling of American medicine to Canada-care is depressing you –and see the posts below for what to actually do to prevent that result– then order P.J. O’Rourke’s new book and laugh your way back to mental health. Even a non-car guy like me enjoyed every chapter, and the account of O’Rourke’s 1,700 mile trip from Islamabad to Calcutta on the Grand Trunk is not to be missed.

Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending, Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed To Be -- With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac ... of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn

I interview O’Rourke in the third hour tomorrow. Now, off to Denver.

“The End of Medical Miracles?”

Thursday, June 11, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former HHS deputy secretary Tevi Troy pens a must-read piece in Commentary on the drugs we will never have the benefits from if the continued slow-down in innovation in the Pharma industry continues. He will be a guest at the conclusion of today’s show.

One “reform” certain to be missing from every version of the Dems’ proposed take-overs of American medicine are any curbs on the wild excesses of the trial bar that cripple the development of new drugs, treatments and devices.

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