From the DC Examiner:
Government mandates — even those originally billed as “market-based solutions” — always turn into a “rights-violating road to disaster,” Hsieh says. Barack Obama’s health policy advisers should take a good look at the smoldering wreckage in the Bay State before trying to impose any such “universal coverage” on the rest of the nation.
That’s the take on the hugely-touted “universal healthcare” program enacted in the State of Massachusetts just a couple of years ago. The state’s program managers had to start jacking up rates within a year of inception to pay for all of the mandated benefits that were on some wish list somewhere kept by activists who never had any need nor intention of relying on the program for their own care. And those are costs that are still less than what doctors were told they were going to receive under the program when it started. It looks like, sounds like, and acts like Canadian- and British-style socialized medical systems and it’s got all of the same problems.
And the real kicker is that the job duties pretty much amount to being a blogger:
Billing it the “Best Job in the World,” the tourism department in Australia’s Queensland state on Tuesday said it was seeking one lucky person to spend half a year relaxing on Hamilton Island, part of the country’s Whitsunday Islands, while promoting the island on a blog.
The “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, soak up the sun, snorkel the reef, “maybe clean the pool” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.
The winner, who will stay rent-free in a multimillion-dollar three-bedroom beach home complete with pool and golf cart, must be an excellent communicator and be able to speak and write in English.
Hmmm. Is there a chance of a term extension?