Whole Foods CEO: Health Care is Not a Right

obama-card-smSuck it, hippies and nationalized healthcare nerds.

I’m about to make Whole Foods my exclusive grocery store even though I can’t stand organic foods.

Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America

Hells yeah, John. Whole greatness (see how I did that?) here.

Also:

…the only reliable technique humanity has ever discovered for lowering the costs of products or services over time is market competition. That will be true for health care too.

UPDATE: Best comment of the day is from Lakewooder:

This guy’s got a lot of nerve expressing his opinion. What does he know about providing health care benefits to large numbers of people? [oh, I need a do-over]

UPDATE 2: Other best comment of the day from PeterK

but they key is that the politicians and the press are pushing for reforming what 80% of the public is satisfied with to provide coverage for less than 15% of the country. sorry we don’t need to be rushing headlong into overturning an entire industry

I’m Just Glad the Founding Fathers Were Timid and Meek

Question from the Dallas Morning News:

The health care debate has gone crazy. Earlier this week in New Hampshire…on the road outside the meeting, a man held up a sign that appeared to support the bloodshed of “tyrants,” while sporting a pistol (legally) strapped to his thigh.

What have we come to when an American citizen is bold enough to do something like that?

Answer: A good start.

Or would we prefer that American citizens be scared to legally exercise two of their most fundamental constitutional rights?

PS — the sign the guy held “that appeared to support the bloodshed of ‘tyrants,’” was a quote from President Thomas Jefferson.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Jefferson also said:

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

And:

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

So my question is, are we going to ban quoting the third president and his dangerous assault ideas?

Pain Heals, and Chicks Dig Scars

picture-2I don’t want to get too hopeful about the angry talk and anti-government rhetoric out there. I don’t want to believe that maybe, just maybe, there’s some honest outrage against the overlords from both parties, and that it’s not just about a single issue here or single personality there. I don’t want to get too excited when I hear about politicians fearstricken when they’re reminded by respectable people who do productive things with their lives –”Hey assface, that’s not your job, and come to think of it, neither is a lot of this other stuff you people have been doing for five, 10, hell, 50 years.”

I don’t want to get all hopeful when I hear people talk about big ideas like liberty and republicanism instead of policy minutia, election pragmatism, and party affiliations.

I don’t want to get too hopeful because I don’t want to be disappointed again.

You get older, you take your lumps, and you get wiser. You settle in and settle down. Trade pollyanna optimism and idealism for knee-jerk cynicism. Surrender to…well, surrender.

Because look, I know what I believe and what I’d like to see is outside the acceptable for civilized and polite folks. Stuff like how I believe that freedom means freedom to, not freedom from. That government should fear the people. That you can’t govern an honest man.

So I know it’s not like things are swinging directly over to my lonely 18th Century corner of the map, to create a bad time-space metaphor.

And age, experience and a pretty thorough study of history tell me all this rowdiness lately probably isn’t even going to be a solid, lasting lean in my direction. Not even a bit.

But you know what? I can’t help it. I am a little hopeful. Why not?

How else do you live? All dead inside like an old Vegas hooker or third-term senator? No. Just…No.

A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head on, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Heard that as a kid and believed it growing up. And knowing the alternative — yeah, I’ll choose to stick with it.

This latest spark? Maybe it will fizzle out, sell out, or burn out. And maybe I’ll get burned again.

So what? I think I’m going to be a little hopeful. I’m not near as cynical as I was back when I was old.

Words to Live By

Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.
- Blore’s Razor

Robert Guest Pulls All Rainbow Lounge Raid Records

Robert Guest, my favorite criminal defense attorney blogger and one-man open records clearinghouse, just got all the records on the now infamous raid on the gay bar in Fort Worth.

He’s too busy to post them, and I haven’t even read through them — busy too — but here they are.

Unpatriotic Citizens Will Be Re-Educated on ObamaCare

Glorious people’s takeover of medical industry continues thanks to Dear Leader.

But enemies of the state are everywhere.

Report Unpatrotic Neighbors, Citizens

Like the rummy at the end of the bar who occasionally awakens enough to blurt out some profound but politically incorrect truth (“Lincoln was a tyrant!” “Organic food is crap!” “The Sopranos ending was awesome!”) before going back to 23.8 hours of uselessness a day — we have John Cornyn.

Today he gets a rare kudos for pointing out the White House’s new “Inform on Your Neighbor” policy.

(I thought the whole “no snitching” thing was good. I’m confused.)

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I want to continue to devote time to this project, but unfortunately it takes away from both the for-profit work I do and my volunteer work at Kimber for Kids and the Foundation to Add Rick Springfield to Mount Rushmore (website under construction).

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French Cinema or Kabuki Theater? Eh, Gun Buyback is Back

I didn’t realize it was already happening again. But Big Bob say yes.

Flashback to the last buyback and our weird video here.

(Amanda Warr did a great job, but I hate seeing myself on video. Unless I’m naked.)

Full story behind the video here.

These Should be Popping Up Around Dallas Soon

Hint, hint.

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