Reason 142,339 Why California Is Going Broke

Today the Governator signed a new law:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on Tuesday a bill that extends voter-approved mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in California and could affect living conditions for birds nationwide.

Prop. 2, however, applied only to hens in the state. The bill signed by the governor means that farms outside California will have to abide by the Golden State’s humane treatment law if they want to sell eggs here.

“By ensuring that all eggs sold in California meet the requirements of Proposition 2, this bill is good for both California egg producers and animal welfare,” the governor said.

OK – 1)  how are they going to enforce this idiocy?  2) how much will it cost to have egg inspectors?  3)  and they will be enforcing chicken conditions everywhere in the world?  4) and who will pay?  yet more of the idiots who continue to live in California apparently.

Here’s an idea.  Stop worrying about chickens and start acting like adults and pay your bills.

P.S.  What about the chickens you eat?

Healthy People Cost More

So should governments encourage people to eat twinkies and smoke?

Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn’t save money, researchers reported Monday.

It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.

”It was a small surprise,” said Pieter van Baal, an economist at the Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, who led the study. ”But it also makes sense. If you live longer, then you cost the health system more.”

And this really brings into sharp relief an interesting point about turning the responsibility over health care to a government.  While the initial jabber about universal healthcare is how wonderful it will be that no one has to worry about getting sick because the all-knowing Big Brother will take care of everyone – once you screw up the system and get government running  it, the focus becomes COST!  As in – holy crap this free health care costs tons of money.  And if we only have 25% of the population carrying everybody else, the productive ones will finally balk.

So it becomes a cost-benefit analysis – as in just how much cost can we shave off these silly people who are going to die anyway in order to keep the productive ones happy.  And government bureaucrats are really good at a) screwing over people who aren’t government bureaucrats and b) responding to political pressure.  So whoever screams the loudest gets the health care and the peasants are sent off to watch TV and die quietly in the corner.

Which this interesting little snippet in the story illustrates:

”This throws a bucket of cold water onto the idea that obesity is going to cost trillions of dollars,” said Patrick Basham, a professor of health politics at Johns Hopkins University who was unconnected to the study. He said that government projections about obesity costs are frequently based on guesswork, political agendas, and changing science.

Myths of Health Insurance Mandates

And I defy anyone to actually tie down that 47 million number. The number of uninsured people in America is whatever some self-aggrandizing politician mouths.
clipped from online.wsj.com

[Opinion]
This week, Hillary Clinton’s supporters attacked Barack Obama for not proposing a federal mandate that every American buy health insurance.
The rationale for this mandate is not personal responsibility but “shared responsibility,” a polite way of saying shared costs.

These arguments are based on myths, not facts.

The first myth is that it’s fair to make everyone pay the same price for health insurance. It is not: For young people who rarely use health services, this is a rip-off. If people in their 20s paid attention to politics and voted, politicians wouldn’t dare try this.

The second myth behind federal mandate proposals is this: Lack of insurance forces people into the emergency room for routine health care.
The truth is that the uninsured do not use emergency rooms more than other people.
The third myth, in the words of Mr. Edwards, is that a “system that leaves 47 million Americans without health care is a moral disgrace.”
a major cause is immigration
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