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.
I have come to the conclusion. This election is rigged. Every time Ron Paul gets high in the caucuses and primaries. They recount the vote to were someone like Newt gets more votes.They do it until Ron Paul is marginalized.
It has happen in every state so far. There is no hope Ron Paul will get the party nomination. As the media and the people will not fight the crimes being put upon us. Most people don’t care how their person gets the nomination, even if it means there is illegal activity involved. Were the ends justify the means.
Our party nomination will most likely in my opinion will be Newt Gingridge. Romney will not get if, for some reason only. He is Mormon. Ron Paul of course will not get it because the system is gamed. Then you have a large amount of Evangelicals who are supporting Newt. Who are most likely backed by the National counsel of Churches.
Our nation is lost.
“I think it’s definitely possible to be a libertarian and a Mormon,” says Dustin Peterson, BYU-Idaho student and board member of Latter-Day Saints for Ron Paul.
Peterson, who spent time volunteering for the Paul campaign in Iowa, spoke with Reason.tv while in Spokane, WA about why Ron Paul might take Mormon votes away from the only Mormon in the race.
While many political analysts believe Mitt Romney has a near-monopoly on the Mormon vote, Ron Paul has spent considerable time courting LDS members living in Western caucus states like Nevada and Idaho (which happen to be the states where he performed best in 2008).
While he expects most Mormons to fall into line behind Romney, Peterson says Mormons have many reasons to support Ron Paul, including theological ones.
“Within our faith, there’s a concept called ‘agency,’ and that’s close to liberty,” says Peterson. “We’re taught to make choices and to decide based on our agency.”
While Peterson believes that Mitt Romney will still win most of the Mormon vote, he’s hopeful about the future.
“About half the students at BYU-Idaho are Ron Paul supporters, and the other half support Mitt Romney,” Peterson says. “There’s a battle going on right now on the campuses about the future of the Republican Party.”
About 1:40 minutes. Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Sharif Matar. Edited by Weissmueller.
Latinos will play larger role in upcoming GOP primaries
MANCHESTER, N.H. –- For months now, the Republican presidential candidates, save one, have for the most part ignored Latino voters. But that may all be about to change as the campaign now heads south and west.
Re-uploaded b/c it’s more relevant in 2012 than ever. This is Peter Schiff’s best speech in my opinion, a 40 minute talk on July 10 at FreedomFest 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.
Schiff covers all the bases of why the U.S. economy is structurally damaged, how it got that way, and what government continues to do to prevent the free market from restructuring and reallocating decades of malinvested land labor and capital to more productive and market-directed uses.
Schiff contends that only when government releases its grip on the economy and the free market is allowed to set interest rates, consumers decide which companies succeed and fail, and investors, creditors and politicians are forced to deal with the consequences of their decisions will our country ever stand a chance of regaining the level of prosperity which made America the richest and most productive nation on earth.
The only planning should be “planning for freedom”, and as the last chapter of the Ludwig Von Mises book of the same name implores; “Let the Market Work”!
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Ron Paul Will Not Contest Florida
POLITICO’s James Hohmann reports:
“We’re focusing there to win those caucuses,” Benton said in the spin room after Sunday’s debate.
Benton guessed it would cost about $9 million to run a comprehensive program in the Sunshine State. He said they will not run television ads there, send mailers or do phone banking.
“It’s such an expensive state, and with their delegates cut in half, the math just doesn’t make any sense,” he added. “We’re a delegate-focused campaign. We’re focused on winning the 1,150 delegates to secure the nomination. And the amount of resources and time it would take to compete for those 50 delegates just didn’t make sense to us.”