The French Death Spiral

October 21, 2013

You know it’s bad when even the EU thinks France taxes too much!

International Liberty

There’s a tendency in public life to exaggerate the positive or negative implications of any particular policy.

This is why I try to be careful not to overstate the potential benefits of reforms I like, such as the flat tax. Yes, we would get better growth and there would be less corruption in Washington, but tax reform would not be a panacea for every ill. Many other policies also need to be fixed to generate sustained prosperity.

Likewise, I’m obviously not a fan of Obamacare, but I try to remind people that our system was already messed up even before Obama was elected. As such, repealing Obamacare – while the right thing to do – is just one of many things that need to happen to restore a competitive and efficient healthcare system.

Now that I’ve warned about the risks of overstatement, I’m going out on a…

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Orwellian: Israeli soldiers *not* raping Palestinian women is racist

October 21, 2013
satire head desk

“Head meets desk”

The Israelis just can’t win. Rape, and you’re a racist. Don’t rape, and it’s because you’re racist:

We didn’t include in our excerpt the following passage in which the failure of Israeli soldiers to rape Arab women is portrayed as an act of racism by a BDS activist.  Really, that has been an argument for years, and apparently started with a left-wing Israeli grad student complaining about how the IDF dehumanizes Palestinians.  It has morphed is to a standard trope (emphasis added):

“The claims go beyond being absurd – in one case, a professor asked me if I knew how many Palestinians have been raped by IDF forces. I answered that as far as I knew, none. She triumphantly responded that I was right, because, she said, “You IDF soldiers don’t rape Palestinians because Israelis are so racist and disgusted by them that you won’t touch them.””

There’s much more at Legal Insurrection on the insane antisemitism of the “Boycott, Disinvestment, & Sanctions” crowd and their willing-dupe allies(1) in American academia.


(1) Including, sadly, as we see, some Israelis.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

#Obamacare: site code needs a “minor rewrite”

October 21, 2013
"Obamacare has arrived"

“Obamacare has arrived”

Somehow, I think untangling a warehouse full of tangled fishing line would be easier. According to that noted radical conservative, Tea Party rag The New York Times, there’s no way the Obamacare web site’s problems will be fixed by November 1st:

From the sluggish websites to garbled enrollment information, the flaws require the extensive rewriting of code: “One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly,” the Times reports — that’s out of a total of approximately 500 million lines of code, according to another expert. 

And these are just the problems they know about. It’s a sure bet that there are other giant bugs lurking in the code, waiting to be revealed by the fixes — or created by them. (1)

Fixing the problems may not be as simple as rewriting millions of lines of code; don’t forget, a great deal of the problem lies with the political decision to make people register for the site, create an account, and be verified in order to determine their subsidy eligibility before they’re allowed to browse the available policies. This was done to “protect” people from seeing the true, skyrocketing costs of coverage, so they wouldn’t run screaming at the start. (But, they’re screaming now…) Fixing the code probably requires undoing that, but good luck getting the White House and HHS to sign off on it.

I hope the programmers have plenty of coffee on hand.

via JWF

(1) Ever done a major plumbing renovation for a house? Installing new pipe to fix one leak seems to almost always reveals weaknesses elsewhere.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)