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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
 

Don't look now but the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says her country's "public" health-care system "is imploding." And Anne Doig tells The Canadian Press that there could be a role for private health-care delivery to save it. Simply put, Ms. Doig says the Canadian system "is not sustainable." We just thought you'd like to know. ... Vanderbilt University law professor Carol Swain takes to task the oft-quoted (by liberals) Southern Poverty Law Center for falling mute about the poll antics last November of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia. Ms. Swain reminds that the center once classified the Panthers as a "hate group," something it regularly chides conservative groups as being. So, why is the SPLC giving the Panthers a pass• ... Reasons 1,592 and 1,593 that the "Cash for Clunkers" program is "dumb," courtesy of National Review magazine: "It subsidizes the switch from relatively fuel-inefficient cars to relatively fuel-efficient ones but doesn't take into account the energy consumed in manufacturing new cars or the environmental impact of disposing of the old ones." Additionally, "It is obviously impossible to build wealth by wantonly destroying assets, even if the asset is a 1994 Chevy Blazer with 140,000 miles on the ticker." Liberals will dismiss this as "ideology." What a pity they don't recognize it as fundamental economics .

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