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The text of the House's health care bill, all 1018 pages of it. At the moment, I am really really annoyed that there are no cross-references, nor links to other statutes incorporated by reference. This is not a user-friendly document. Thank you, docs.house.gov, for helping me become an informed citizen.

I am not reassured by what I've read so far. I see far-reaching powers assigned to a Commissioner, including the power to grant exemptions, and abundant opportunities for graft, bribery, and general mischief.

Or, as the poet says, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Edit: and the Commissioner will head up the Health Choices Administration.

Edit II: Someone educate me. Does "with the advice and consent of the Senate" mean the Senate can hold up an appointment?
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So how come David Letterman has to take potshots at Sarah Palin *and* her 14-year-old daughter?

Yeah, yeah, he's "only an entertainer." Via Powerline:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/06/023767.php

Disgusting. As Powerline observes, Malia Obama will be Willow Palin's age in a few months. Will we hear jokes about her being knocked up? I certainly hope not. But why is Willow Palin fair game, then?
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Starting off with one that I don't feel like putting behind the cut tag. A heartfelt reader snark about all those folks who had to struggle as much as, or more than, our current Supreme Court nominee but who get no props because they're not the flavor of the month (via Instapundit):
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDMwMmU0OTZiNzlhMjU3ZjhiMWYwMjFkZjJmODk4YmI=
And related: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_froma_harrop/sotomayor_and_condescending_identity_politics

(Comment: when researching the history of my church, I learned that the housing project that engulfed it didn't become a festering sinkhole until after the 1970s. Before that, it was populated by strivers -- med students and their families, e.g. -- and was quite an ethnic melting pot. It was only after the Great Society's policies changed the nature of public housing that it became so conspicuously awful. Sotomayor's public housing experience may have been less benign than Derbyshire's. That doesn't invalidate his reader's point.)

Read more... )
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The purpose of government is for those who run it to plunder those who do not. From [livejournal.com profile] slawson01. I barely skimmed the first few paragraphs, but I certainly love the opening and plan to go back.

Yesterday's Snarks: http://lblanchard.livejournal.com/494777.html
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I note that others on my f-list, particularly from my side of the political divide, do a daily roundup of links. That strikes me as a good idea, so I'll try it today. I'll be adding to this post periodically over the day as things strike me. I'll put it behind a cut tag to spare the sensibilities of those who don't like my politics.

Ready? Here we go... )
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Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load ‘Unsustainable’

He's really good about warning about / saying he doesn't want to do something right before he does it. Remember how he said he didn't want to manage the auto companies, right before he fired the head of GM?

ETA: Bonus link: The Alinsky Administration

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