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Raleigh Delays Vote on Smoking Ban in Parks

Here’s hoping the Raleigh City Council thinks twice — no, three times — about imposing a ban on smoking in parks. It appears they will vote in two weeks, not today as originally thought. As I blogged earlier this morning, if they do this, and if litter is really the issue, then what is next? Messy children? Food? Dogs?

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Another hidden Obamacare nightmare

Remember when all those Democratic congresspersons were ridiculing Tea Partiers who were criticizing them for not reading the Obamacare legislation? Maybe they should have:

“Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding.” Politico adds, “Friday [New Year's Eve] marked the last day physician-owned hospitals could get Medicare certification covering their new or expanded hospitals, one of the latest provisions of the reform law to go into effect.”

How is improved health care facilitated by prohibiting places you can go to get health care? Clearly, some backers of Obamacare knew about this (and the many other) heinous provisions. After all, that’s why they were put in there. But the next time you see your congressperson who voted for Obamacare and didn’t read the bill, let them know how irresponsible you find them. That is, unless you’ve already voted them out.

Here’s something you can count on: This isn’t the last terrible Obamacare provision you will learn about.

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The Free Market at Work

Here’s a real-world example of the beauty and power of the free market and entrepreneurship. Simon Cowell, perhaps the most successful international entertainment industry entrepreneur ever, was able to spark a bidding war among soft drink giants for Cowell’s “X Factor” show. “American Idol” fans like me will remember the ubiquitous Coke glass Cowell was always positioning for the camera and drinking from. Well, guess what? Cowell has gone over to Pepsi.

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Union vs. Union

The Wall Street Journal carries an interesting column by Bill McGurn about an overlooked story: the growing division between private-sector unions and public-sector unions. This could be the big story of 2011.

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This is not journalism

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a story today about a group of “young people” who rampaged out of control in a mall. What young people? Were they all white, all black, all Muslim? Because unless they were fairly representative of the population at large, there is no justification for calling them just “young people.”

Mayfair Mall closed down early on Sunday afternoon as New Year’s weekend shoppers were told to leave after witnesses reported seeing groups of unruly young people shouting and running in the Wauwatosa shopping center.

My guess is there is a racial component here, or some kind of ethnic component. Why won’t the newspaper tell us? Because they are cowed by the PC police and are afraid of being accused of being racist at worst and “insensitive” at best.

Journalists used to believe that the only way to solve a social problem was to acknowledge it. Now they actively work to suppress the facts that we need to make good decisions.

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