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Louis Roney

Columnist Louis Roney

Facile calumny— Of all the rotten things scoundrels can do to another person, one of the worst is to start the rumor that that person is a racist: "He doesn't like blacks, he doesn't like Jews, he doesn't like Latinos," you name it. The maligned person has little or no defense against such a rumor, and the more he denies, the more he sinks into the quicksand that is swallowing his good reputation. In these days of Barack Obama, a man we looked to for a race-less regime, there is somehow more talk afloat about race than at any time within memory. Let's not make trouble where little or no trouble exists. Peace and brotherhood may not make headlines, but they do make good neighbors.

Do read— "Google" Dr. Richard Land, and see what he has to say about things in general. (Dr. Land is Princeton A.B., magna cum laude, and Oxford, D.Phil.)

Marxist health care?— President Obama has proved himself to be the ultimate transparency-smearer! What scares me plenty is Obama's shotgun wedding of health care and "sharing-the-wealth." Today, via an Internet blog, Erick Brockway provides me with the following apropos words: "Wanted: Harvard educated, ration-promoting, redistributor of wealth to serve as the President's appointee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Must have an academic approach to problem solving. Must be willing and able to run healthcare system through Washington. Must support a strong degree of bureaucratic control over questions of life and death.

Congressional hearing not necessary. Those looking to cut spending need not apply…. "

After searching, Obama installed Donald Berwick in the job, via a recess appointment.

Mr. Brockway continues: "Berwick, 63, is a pediatrician, Harvard professor, and leader of a health care nonprofit organization, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which works to develop and implement concepts for improving patient care. So far, so good. Then, he (Berwick) opens his mouth, and stuff like this comes out: 'Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by its very definition, clearly redistributional.'" (Any questions?)

The recession is over!— One minute we're doing great — change the channel — and the next, we have galloping unemployment. The Democrats are spending madly, and they'll soon have us in debt beyond the point of no return. Government regulations inhibit small business from having more than 50 employees; ergo: growth in many areas is stagnant.

The unemployed don't create jobs. In January, new taxes will put the brakes on our already-slowed private spending. Banking charges are going up, and your ATM will cost you more. Looks like a recession… feels like a recession… but the people who should know keep telling us "the recession is over!" If you and your family and all your friends are working in well-paid jobs, there is no recession. But poke around beyond your inner circle, and you may find yourself at odds with the experts. Cheers!