Government-mandated health care explained so even a liberal can understand it

George Will explains a problem with government-mandated health care in a way that even a liberal can understand:

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One question: If the government came to you and said, “Professor Krugman, you have a car. We’re going to compel you to buy a more expensive car, but it’s not really more expensive because it’s a better car.” Wouldn’t you tell them to get off your land?

I wish I had thought of that.

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Maybe people would listen if Obama said “I inherited this Democratic Senate”

Barack Obama keeps saying he inherited problems. And, the statistics show that, just maybe, he did.

Look at this graph from the Bureau of Labor.

[Source: Bureau of Labor]

Notice that unemployment was on its way up before he took office. It looks like Obama did inherit rising unemployment.

But then, take the statistics from this source — the Unites States Senate — showing which party controlled the Senate, and apply it to that graphic.

What do you get? This:

[Source: American Thinker]

So, when you go to criticize Barack Obama for his dismal performance, keep in mind that it’s not just his fault. It’s the Democrats’ fault.

And the fault of those that keep electing Democrats.

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IM Updated

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Doctor Al Gore

Another award for Al Gore

The University of Tennessee, fresh off banning of ownership of handguns by student-athletes, ups its moonbattery status by awarding Al Gore with an honorary doctorate.

The degree – an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – will be given to Gore at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14, where he will be the featured speaker.

“Why?” you ask. Let’s see what UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said:

“Vice President Gore’s career has been marked by visionary leadership, and his work has quite literally changed our planet for the better,”

No, this isn’t a joke. He was serious when he said it. Really.

Now, I’m not saying that Gore shouldn’t be given an award or a degree. I’m just not sure that the degree he’s getting is most appropriate.

What awards and degrees should Al Gore have?

  • Nobel Prize in Literature (Fiction)
  • Bachelor of Settled Science
  • Hugo Award
  • Doctor of Asshattery
  • Master of Arrogance
  • Academy Award for Acting … Like An Idiot

I’m sure there are many other awards and degrees that Al Gore should possess.

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IMAO Reader Theater: “john mccain and harry reid”

Chris (walkingdead) presents: “john mccain and harry reid”

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Real Members of Congress

PJTV won’t let you embed their videos. Or, they won’t let me embed this one. Mean ole PJTV.

Oh, Scott Ott and Zo did this one. So, you know it is teh awesome!

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Coffee Party

It started as a joke.

But then, many on the left are a joke. Which explains the lack of a sense of humor.

But there is a left-wing response to the Tea Party. It’s the Coffee Party (tip: OTB). Really. Okay, maybe they do have a sense of humor. Because I’m laughing.

And, they’ve already had their first meeting:

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I’m thinking that Kraft Foods wouldn’t let them use the name “Kool-Aid Drinkers.”

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Maybe the University of Tennessee will change it’s mascot, too

What is it with the SEC? Or the politics of the states having schools in the SEC?

First, the University of Mississippi drops Colonel Reb as its mascot. Now, the University of Tennessee has banned student-athletes from owning guns.

This comes after some pot-smoking basketball players were found with handguns that had altered serial numbers.

So, how does the school respond? Banning drugs? Throwing idiots off the team? No, they ban guns. Stupid athletic director.

Oh, and then there’s the whole Second Amendment thing. But let’s suppose we ignore that for a second. (After all, many on the left do it all the time. It’s used to being ignored.)

Let’s look at the school itself. The University of Tennessee. What’s the school’s nickname? The Pundits? No, that’s not it.

The Moonshiners? Nah.

The ‘Possums? That’s not right.

Hound Dogs? Nope.

The Volunteers? Yes, that’s it! The Volunteers. Because Tennessee’s nickname is “The Volunteer State.”

Now, how did they get that name? Wouldn’t have anything to do with the War of 1812, would it?

…when President James Madison called on Tennessee to help defend the “Lower Country,” Tennesseans volunteered en masse, earning the nickname “The Volunteer State.” Tennessee Governor Willie Blount was asked to send 1,500 troops for the defense of the lower Mississippi region and an expedition under the command of Andrew Jackson, major general of the Tennessee militia, was outfitted in December 1812.

You think that maybe left-wing nutcases think the “Volunteer State” nickname came about from registering voters?

What will happen when they discover that the “Volunteer” nickname is from gun-owners offering to help defend others?

Maybe they’ll want to change the mascot.

How about the Dumbasses?

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Georgia’s new state bird

First, in Mississippi, there’s the mascot change at the University of Mississippi.

Now, in Georgia, somebody wants to change the State Bird. Right now, the Brown Thrasher is the state bird. I learned that in Georgia History class back in the 8th grade. But, quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one.

There’s a fellow in Augusta who wants to change the state bird … to the chicken.

Now, sure, chickens account for $15-billion a year to the state’s economy. But, really, is the chicken the best representation for the state? Having grown up in Georgia, I have some ideas.

The mosquito

The house fly

The Sand Gnat

The buzzard

The Obama Bird

There may be better suggestions for the state bird of Georgia. Perhaps for other states, too.

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IMAO Reader Theater: “W channels Aragorn”

Elwin presents: “W channels Aragorn”

Yeah, I miss him yet.

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