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Links 1 through 10 of 13 by Chris Turner tagged opinion

"Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America.

"Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments."

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"Making government a bigger player in the health-care process means that health-care decisions are increasingly political decisions, which, in turn, means that people and companies turn ever more toward political acts—like protests and lobbying—in order to participate. Obama has repeatedly talked about moving the country beyond politics. But the health-care reforms he supports would, in fact, further politicize the health-care system."

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All I could think of while reading this was "This is news? This guy is surprised by the response?"

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"Christianity, post-Reformation and post-Luther, with its teaching of a direct, personal, two-way link between the individual and God, unmediated by the collective, and unsubordinate to any other human being, smashes straight through the philosphical/spiritual framework I've just described. It offers something to hold on to to those anxious to cast off a crushing tribal groupthink. That is why and how it liberates.

"Those who want Africa to walk tall amid 21st-century global competition must not kid themselves that providing the material means or even the knowhow that accompanies what we call development will make the change. A whole belief system must first be supplanted.

"And I'm afraid it has to be supplanted by another. Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete."

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"To socialize the American economy, it is not necessary to nationalize every business in the United States. All it requires is to put the corporations that control the finances of all of the companies in the economy under government control. And that is what is happening now...

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"Apparently, members of Congress liked the special treatment that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd received in getting his mortgage through Countrywide. We’re going to see even more of that kind of thing -- and outright corruption on a much bigger scale -- when the government is in direct control of the financial institutions and making the credit decisions that businesses large and small depend on to survive."

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I was going to write a blog post and quote from this, but the quote was proving so extensive, I figured I would just link it and you could go read it for yourself.

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"[I]t seems to me that it isn’t failure we’re afraid of, it’s uncertainty. So I tried asking, 'What would I do if I had to do something, but knew I would fail anyway?'"

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Jason Whitlock says something that really needs to be said.

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"The massacre that wasn't, and its political exploitation." Why does the Left insist on comparing the war in Iraq to Vietnam? And why do they conveniently forget it was a Democrat administration which put us in Vietnam in the first place?

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Some more perspective on the 2007 Nobel awards, notably the Peace Prize, and "[s]ome nominees for next year." You know, people actually working for peace.

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