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Tonight's Crazy Story:
Cop Allegedly Tracks Down Issued Speeding Ticket to Ask Woman on Date
A police officer issued a ticket to a woman. Then he returned to her house and left a note on her car asking her on a date.
Topic One: ObamaCare
American Thinker had two great articles on ObamaCare today. Joe Herring's article discusses care in Britain as a parallel for what we will experience here. "A recent audit by the Royal College of Physicians has revealed that in one hospital group alone, more than 50% of the patients who were put on a palliative care protocol known as the "Liverpool Care Pathway" (LCP) have had those decisions made solely by the attending physicians, without consult or notification of the patients family. In another group of hospitals, only 1 in 3 were informed of the life-ending decision." This is Britain's cross of death panels and Jack Kevorkian: a physician has the power to order the end of a patient's life without the consent of the patient or the family.
Dr. Steven Goldfien's article discusses how to save the health care system (Hint: it doesn't involve Washington). "The experience of the last fifty years proves that the United States government cannot solve the problem of how to provide high-quality healthcare to all its citizens at a price the country can afford -- at least not without rationing, lowering the quality of care, and destroying the medical profession as a profession. Only the ingenuity of the private sector can create the healthcare system the public desires, but this can't happen until the federal government's iron grip on healthcare is broken."
There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"Mitt Romney says President Obama's promises are like Kim Kardashian's wedding vows. President Obama shot back. He said Romney’s positions last about half as long as a Kim Kardashian wedding."
Topic Two: Iran
Iran is behaving like it would just be a wonderful place to live. In a move that just reeks of freedom, Iran is censoring web sites and installing cameras in places that have public internet access. Internet cafes will be required to store personal information on customers and document their online footprints. Iran is also attempting to launch its own intranet system that would insulate its citizens from western culture. It is ironic that we are expected to have a diverse, multi-cultural view while nations like Iran can "insulate" itself from outside influences.
Meanwhile, the EU nations are trying to work out an agreement to join the US in economic sanctions against Iran. However, Kerry Patton at American Thinker argues that sanctions only help Iran win the fight in the long run. Iran referred to the sanctions as economic war. Meanwhile, Iran is also getting involved in an actual war: helping the Taliban as it fights American troops in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, the government was able to reduce the debt by $347,517.79, bringing the total debt to:
Topic Three: The Economy
The new unemployment figures came out today: unemployment is down .2% to 8.5%, and the economy created 200,000 jobs in December. Sounds like good news, but as our tweet of the day (below) points out, the unemployment rate would be higher if the workforce had not shrunk during the Obama Presidency. Donna Addkison argues at HuffPo that unemployment benefits are a necessity. If this were true, how did America ever survive without them? WSJ discusses the cheapening of American labor.
Tweets of the Day:
James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis): 10.9%: The unemployment rate (U-3) if the size of US workforce was the same as when Obama took office, not 8.5%
Topic Four: The Wisconsin Recall
Scott Walker received a big boost in his efforts to thwart the attempted recall when a judge ruled that Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board must do a better job at analyzing signatures. This means that signatures by citizens named Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and Adolf Hitler would all be refused. Signatures would also be entered into a database to be analyzed for duplicates before being accepted. Without this ruling, Walker's team would have had to analyze the signatures and challenge each fictitious or duplicate signature in order for it to be removed, something that would have been impossible given the legal timeframe to complete it. I particularly like this quote from the judge's ruling: "Counting the signature of Bugs Bunny is something only lawyers could try to make seem OK." A great article from Nick Schulz at USA Today argues that America should support Walker.
Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them."
Topic Five: Recess Appointments
There has been much fallout from yesterday's "recess" appointments. Politico discusses the definition of recess. Peter Wehner says that Obama has become indifferent to the law. NY Post says that this shows Obama's weakness. Mike Razar at American Thinker argues that the right can use the "living constitution" argument to show that recess appointments are not necessary anymore. House Democrats tried some games on the house floor, but they didn't go over well. There's a simple way to play this game: if Obama can redefine "recess", Congress can redefine "session." They could call each day's work or each week's work a session, and at the end of the first one, the recess appointments must go if not confirmed.
Tomorrow in History
January 7, 1927 - New York and London become connected through the first transcontinental telephone service.
Grab Bag - Interesting Stories to Conclude Your Evening
White House proposes federal employee pay raise
Shocker: Union official wanted for voter fraud
Rubio to Obama: You're turning America into a deadbeat nation
#OccupyCellphones: The top 1% of uses occupy 50% of the bandwidth
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