Segment #4 Ron Kaye long time veteran editor of the L A Daily News explains how the “new media” and the internet is causing the real news stories to go viral while Government is issuing “Press Passes” to control the main stream. By giving press credentials to favored reporters and news outlets government selects journalists who will give the write favorable spin on their stories.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the latest on Fast & Furious, including the June 7th Judiciary Committee hearing with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Napolitano: “Do We Really Want a Nanny State Watching Us In the Sky Telling Us What to Do?” (by TheLeakSource)
On Happening Now, Judge Napolitano tackles the issue of drones and their potential use in the US by both local governments and the federal government for homeland security purposes.
He put the issue in context, saying, “Here’s what the American people need to realize — that we will soon have to decide whether we want to give up privacy, give up freedom for security. Whether we want to live in a society where the government watches us all the time, and even whether that watching makes us any safer.”
He detailed the current state of drones in the US saying that 313 local police departments, including the city of New York, own drones and have filed applications for permission to fly them. The Air Force has predicted that within 10 years, there will be between 10,000 and 30,000 drones in the air at any given time.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a long history of getting into the diets - and even bloodwork - of New York residents. Cato Institute senior fellow Walter Olson comments.
Video produced by Caleb O. Brown and Austin Bragg.
Ordinarily, if you want to start a new business or offer a new service there is a simple test to find out whether your new business is needed: You open the doors and tell the world. If people need your business, you will have customers. If they don’t, you won’t. That experience—of learning what people need and how new types of services can fit in—is familiar to anyone who has ever been an entrepreneur. Indeed, it is familiar to anyone who has ever been a customer.
It is also an experience that the state of Virginia turns entirely on its head for people who want to offer new healthcare services. If you want to offer new healthcare services, even something as routine as opening a private clinic, you have to obtain special permission from the state government. And permission is not easy to come by: Would-be service providers have to persuade state officials that their new service is “necessary”—and they have to do so in a process that verges on full-blown litigation in which existing businesses (their would-be competitors) are allowed to oppose them. Not surprisingly, this process can be incredibly expensive, and it frequently results in new services being forbidden to operate at all.
To be clear, this requirement (called a certificate-of-need or CON program) has nothing to do with public health or safety. Separate state and federal laws govern who is allowed to practice medicine and what kind of medical procedures are or are not permitted. Virginia’s CON program only regulates whether someone is allowed to open a new office or purchase new equipment; it is explicitly designed to make sure new services are not allowed to take customers away from established healthcare services.
In short, Virginia’s CON program is nothing but a government permission slip to compete. It ensures that more money flows into the pockets of established, politically connected businesses, and it accomplishes this by trampling entrepreneurs’ economic liberty and reducing Virginians’ choices for medical care.
But patients and doctors—not state officials—are in the best position to decide what healthcare services are needed. That is why Colon Health Centers of America, headed by Dr. Mark Baumel, MD, and Washington Imaging Associates Maryland, LLC, headed by Dr. Mark Monteferrante, MD, have joined forces with the Institute for Justice to challenge Virginia’s protectionist CON program. The Constitution protects individuals’ right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable government interference, and it prevents states from putting up unnecessary barriers to interstate commerce. The Virginia CON program does both, and that is why the federal courts should strike it down.