From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America. How the Public-Health Establishment Puts Us at Risk, by economists James T. Bennett and Thomas J. DiLorenzo, is a serious, eye-opening indictment of America’s public-health establishment. Bennett and DiLorenzo mark the release of the federal government’s Kerner Report of 1968 as the point when the public-health establishment (PHE), incarnated in the American Public Health Association (APHA), crossed its Rubicon and left the realm of science for the realm of politics. That report, discussing the “root causes” of poverty, was embraced by the APHA, which then boldly announced that “social policy rather than public health, per se, would henceforth become its main focus.” By the 1970s and 1980s, with the growth of government, the PHE came to have tentacles extending into virtually every government agency, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Defense, not to mention the Centers for Disease Control, state and local agencies, and the various schools of public health. The PHE became (and remains) bloated and highly politicized, more concerned with increasing its power, promoting...
This summer Bibb County Superior Court Judge Phil Brown ordered the new State Health Planning Review Board to review the open heart surgery certificate of need (CON) previously granted to Coliseum Medical Center. According to the judge, the former Board's decision was not clear in its findings and may not have followed legal requirements when it approved the CON for the hospital in September 2000.
Since the judge did not reverse the former Board's CON approval, Coliseum hospital "will continue to provide open heart surgery and angioplasty at least until the new Review Board reviews our case this fall," wrote Mike Boggs, CEO, in a memorandum to the medical staff.
With this bewildering decision, the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), which has opposed Coliseum's CON from the beginning, will get another opportunity to block the hospital's request to provide those often urgent, life-saving treatments for ailing patients.
CON laws were enacted in Georgia over two decades ago ostensibly to prevent duplication of services and to help control health care costs. Since that time, though, health care expenditures have more than doubled primarily because Adam...
America's Founding Fathers, our prescient, venerable predecessors, established for us a Constitutional Republic, limited government by the rule of law and with the consent of the governed. They also said, in the voice of Benjamin Franklin (1787), that our newly founded nation was and should remain a Republic, if we can keep it, if we can preserve it as a cherished legacy for posterity.
Recall the words of our first president, George Washington, who in his farewell address in 1796 advised us: "Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world."
John Adams, our second president, added in 1789 that "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It's wholly inadequate for the government of any other [people]."
These words were echoed by our philosopher-president, the author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who advised us to remain free of entangling alliances with the rest of the world. In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1801, Jefferson said:
"Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state of persuasion, religious or...
Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified and misappropriated as dialectical materialism, lamented that what we learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons! Despite what we have learned about the deleterious effects of draconian gun control in other countries, particularly during the last bloody century, politicians with authoritarian leanings, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, continue to beat the drums calling for more gun control.
Gun control features prominently in the police state designs of totalitarian states with which any student of history is familiar. Take for instance:
* Federalization of the police force with a vast network of surveillance and informants to spy on citizens.
* National identification cards for all citizens.
* Civilian disarmament via gun registration, licensing, followed by banning and confiscation of firearms.
Once this mechanism of oppression is firmly in place, persecution and elimination of political opponents follows, and every social, political and economic policy the Total State desires can be implemented. This has happened in National...
The Castro brothers' hatred for the United States became immediately apparent upon gaining power in 1959. Fidel began making his long harangues against the United States, and the Cuban mobs so inspired began collectively composing such anti-American slogans as Cuba Si, Yanquis No! and Fidel seguro a los Yanquis dale duro! ("Fidel, for sure, hit the Yankees hard!").
In the meantime, Raúl Castro and Ché Guevara were courting the Soviets. Fidel, at last, embraced Nikita Khrushchev (photo, left) at, of all places, the United Nations in New York! The Soviets were invited to visit Cuba and pluck the fruits of the Caribbean island paradise, still plentiful then — in exchange for Soviet arms and equipment.
The 21st Congress of the Soviet Party proclaimed that the U.S.S.R. would surpass the United States in agricultural and industrial production. In fact, at a Polish Embassy reception as early as 1956, Soviet Premier Khrushchev proclaimed to the despised American capitalists: "Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We shall bury you." Thus, it was not surprising that the Russian peasant who was now the Soviet dictator, emboldened by the spectacular success of...
Raúl Castro, the 70-year-old, younger brother of dictator Fidel Castro, has been publicly anointed successor to the Maximum Leader, and there is no reason to believe that leadership and the spoils of Cuban infamy will pass to anyone else in the Cuban hierarchy, unless Raúl's demise precedes that of his ailing 75-year-old, but still charismatic, brother.
Indeed, in my series of articles on the fall of Fidel Castro recently published on LaNuevaCuba.com and NewsMax.com, there is considerable evidence the Cuban people should be preparing for the unexpected and that they should be arming themselves with political information for the awaited final moment.
Raúl Castro (photo, right) is a sanguinary leader, and although he has perpetually played second fiddle to and flatterer of his older brother, the younger Castro has always been a feared hard-liner. This year he even warned the United States that they better deal with Fidel before he dies, rather than with him, Raúl, after he assumes power. Raúl Castro is minister of Armed Forces, second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party and first vice president of the Council of State. He holds these posts because he is the only...
On April 22, 2000, the Miami home of a Cuban-American family was raided by heavily armed INS agents, and the child Elián González was forcibly removed from the loving home and delivered to the hands of his communist father. The child was then taken back to the living hell of communist Cuba, one of the last remaining Stalinist bastions in the world. The forced repatriation was carried out by the Clinton administration in accordance with the wishes of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The Cuban-American community, not only in South Florida but also all over the United States, was demoralized by this sad ending to the saga. But the Cuban exiles, peaceful and law-abiding, swallowed the bitter pill of disappointment and vowed to get revenge, American style, via the ballot box - and they got it. In the highly contested presidential election of November 2000, they went to the polls in droves and voted heavily for the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, carrying the state of Florida by a razor-thin margin that decided the election.
After the inauguration, the disappointments began anew. President Bush continued the Cuba policies of Bill Clinton and the repatriation of Cuban...
Thomas Jefferson and the other American patriots who framed the U.S. Constitution were wary of government power, even of the federal government of these United States that they themselves had created in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Therefore, to further protect the personal liberties of the American people from future usurpation by the federal government, they added the Bill of Rights, the first ten Amendments to the Constitution.
Even then, James Madison (1751-1836; 4th U.S. president and master builder of the U.S. Constitution) admonished citizens, in the Federalist Papers in 1788: "There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation."
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he followed a path blazed by John Locke that extended as far back as the Medieval philosopher and scholar St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and even to the Roman statesman Cicero (108-43 BC), who first enunciated the nascent philosophical tenets of the Natural rights of citizens, the basic rights to life, liberty and the acquisition of...
In Part II of this article, we discussed the issue of whether the Cuban people would be better off living in a social(ist) democracy or a constitutional republic after the fall (death) of Fidel Castro. We discussed that, in its essence, a democracy reflects the absolute rule of the majority of the people, while a republic prescribes a government of written laws.
It should also be stated that governance via democracy (i.e., the rule of the many) or oligarchy (i.e., the rule of the few) reflects the arbitrary, personal rule of men, whereas a constitutional republic prescribes the impersonal rule of law, constitutional laws.
Another inherent difference between the two forms of governance is the concept of rights. In a democracy, a government "of the majority of the people," the populace, can vote or grant entitlements to themselves or to politically favored minorities whenever they want. Wealth redistribution (socialism by any other name) takes place on a whim, and potentially at the expense of productive minorities that may be weak and vulnerable to expediency or to the political correctness of the time. In this regard, the Jews, throughout the ages, have many...
In Part I of this article, we discussed plausible scenarios that could take place in Cuba after the much-awaited death of the tyrant Fidel Castro. After the initial turmoil within the ruling communist ranks and the quiet jubilation inside and outside the island, it is my belief that communism in its autocratic and Stalinist form will utterly collapse and freedom will finally be within reach for my Cuban brethren in the Pearl of the Antilles - if they seize the moment.
But while hard-core communism ultimately will end, there are unscrupulous politicians, businessmen, and internationalists who would want to impose upon Cuba less perceptible forms of socialism, global collectivism, and saddle Cuba with economic policies that may not be most beneficial to the Cuban people.(1,2)
Cubans, while there is still time, need to become informed and vigilant that their future in freedom is not lost. They will need to do so to establish a government for Cuba that is most beneficial to the new nation. In short, they will have to implement with conviction a wise, just and frugal government in which free enterprise can flourish or those in the shadows with an internationalist bent...