Antagoniste


22 novembre 2009

Imaginer l’après-crise Économie En Citations Philosophie

Ludwig von Mises

Une mise en garde de Ludwig von Mises:

« A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings. »


22 novembre 2009

Un pot-de-vin de 100 millions de dollars ! Coup de gueule Économie En Images États-Unis Hétu Watch

Liberty and Serfdom

Pourquoi le projet de loi sur la réforme du système de santé aux États-Unis fait-il près de 2 000 pages ?   Pour donner la possibilité aux législateurs d’acheter des votes…

ABC News
The $100 Million Health Care Vote?

On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state:  Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.

In other words, the bill spends two pages describing would could be written with a single world:  Louisiana.  (This may also help explain why the bill is long.)

Senator Harry Reid, who drafted the bill, cannot pass it without the support of Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.

How much does it cost?  According to the Congressional Budget Office: $100 million.

Avec des lois volumineuses au vocabulaire alambiqué, on donne la possibilité à des technocrates de faire valoir toutes sortes d’exceptions et de privilèges spéciaux. Ces mêmes technocrates vous diront que ces subtilités sont essentielles pour répondre aux « préoccupations complexes des administrations publiques », mais dans les faits on ouvre la porte aux traitements de faveur et à la corruption. Plus une loi est complexe, plus elle risque de servir les amis du pouvoir au détriment de la population.

Pendant que les législateurs démocrates se donnent des pots-de-vin de 100 millions, Richard Hétu préfère potiner sur Sarah Palin…


22 novembre 2009

Retour à la case départ Canada Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse

The Windsor Star

Federal debt: Half a trillion and counting
The Windsor Star

All Canadians should be paying close attention to the swelling federal debt. This Sunday, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the debt will surpass half a trillion dollars and then keep rising.

It’s an important fiscal signpost because the last time the debt was over $500 billion was in 2003. But after a string of budget surpluses, the debt dropped to a low of $453 billion in 2008.

According to Flaherty, the combined impact of the recession and stimulus spending will add $164 billion to the federal debt up until the end of 2014-15. He predicts surpluses will follow.

But not everyone is buying that scenario, including Parliament’s budget officer, Kevin Page. He believes that instead of a surplus in 2015, Ottawa will still have a $19-billion deficit, and it will be a « structural deficit. »

That means government revenues will persistently fall short of expenses — even when the economy begins to recover.