Friday, October 30, 2009

Real Costs of Socialized Health Care In America

The CBO says the cost of the pending 1990-page (4 reams of papers) is $1.055 trillion. But what are the other costs that will not be calculated?
The $1.055 trillion estimate also does not include $245 billion needed to stop Medicare payments to doctors from decreasing, which the House plans to address through separate legislation introduced Thursday.

The costs of the bill are fully offset by cuts to existing spending programs-- including the Medicare Advantage and other programs--saving $426 billion through 2019, and by tax increases raising $572 billion over that time, CBO said. In fact, the combined impact of provisions in the bill would be a net deficit reduction of $104 billion in the next decade, according to CBO.
How many people will decide that the medical profession is too expensive to train for, given the cost of the education and the return on that investment?

How many MDs will decide to leave the profession because the new business model does not "add up"?

How many staff, assistants and nurses will be removed from the payrolls because of the new business model?

When the public insurance model takes root, how will most private insurance companies be able to offer a competitive product?

When less revenue is received by hospitals and clinics, how many will decide to close up shop, consolidate, lay off workers?

When malpractice occurs and the government is the care giver, who gets sued?

What cost is placed on a grandparent, parent, child, sibling, spouse, yourself who will not get a procedure because the return on the procedure is not justifiable within the new government healthcare model? (No real case for heart surgery for an 85 year old; they are going to die any way.)

Too bad no elected congressional rep, the president or 99.99999999 percent of the American people will read the back-breaker bill. They will approve a trillion dollar entitlement program that they will understand because someone else, a non-elected official, will them them what it says.

Pelosi thinks that this health care bill is the answer to the insurance model that has dominated American society for the past 30 years. There is a problem with the current model but this Pelosi/Reid socialized medicine program is not the answer.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Socialization of America -- Government to Do More

I stand amazed at the recent polls of Americans who feel the federal government needs to do more, that we need socialized medicine, and that we need a public insurance option run by the federal government.

The amazing thing is that, in general, there are as many in favor of bigger government as there are opposed. Pessimistic/optimistic, glass half empty/half full?

Do those that are polled actually know any of the details about what they oppose or favor? What bigger or smaller government mean?

What does it mean to send more or fewer troops to Afghanistan? How would Joe Six-Pack know the policy implications of one versus the other? He wouldn't.

In politics, it comes down to the economy for most voters. Do you have a job? Are you getting raises? Do you feel richer or poorer? Can you cover a mortgage? Do you want to or can you upgrade your standard of living? Do you have a reliable car? Do you have acceptable healthcare? Are your children getting the education you think they should be getting? Can they get the post-high school education they desire? What disposable income do you have to enjoy some of the better things in life?

The Democrats have and continue to try to make government bigger. Apparently almost as many as those that don't, like this. Do they really know what this means to the nation and to them specifically next year, in five years, in twenty years? The obvious answer is no. Too many are in love with the Robin Hood redistribution ideology because they view themselves as the have-nots.

A socialized America is not the America I desire and I bet not the one most people desire...if they only knew...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What Would We Do In A Real Pandemic?

The flu is no fun. However, there are bragging rights for some, it appears, who are sick, hoping they have the swine flu. I hear people tell me they have the swine flu when I know they are lying.

For some reason, I am assuming insecurity, some people take great pride in being sick especially with a "popular" condition. No one wants syphilis, cancer or shingles. But swine flu? If one is going to have the flu, let's just hope its the H1N1 2009 variety. Some people need some pity points, I assume. Or how about those people who ask you how you are doing and when you tell them, will try to one-up you on being sicker -- either themselves or someone they know.

Thankfully, many if not most medical facilities don't bother with a specific flu-strain diagnosis. Instead, the dorks will go to the doctor for the flu will pay their deductible, get their vitals taken, tell the MD what the problem is, he/she will tell them that they have the flu, that they should rest, drink fluids, yada yada, and bill insurance for their time -- as much as insurance will allow.

Does one really need to go the the MD for the flu? There are exceptions, of course, but the answer is no. Americans go to the MD way too often. And it costs us all more money as a result, in the form of higher premiums. MDs love when people come in because it allows them to bill for their time. They are not going to do anything most of the time. At best, they will give you some prescription for some medication that you probably do not need. The more patients they can see in a day, the more money they can make.

The human body is an amazing organism. It is able to withstand and recover from many ailments. Don't get me wrong, modern medical is great. We need this care when we are seriously ill. But too many people have hypochondriac tendencies.

This flu is not serious. The swine flu is not any more of a pandemic than the seasonal flu. Yet the federal health agencies and national and local new agencies do society a huge disservice by creating panic where none is warranted.

The problem with what they are doing is calling wolf when there is no wolf. An if there were, they would have failed in their attempts to cull the outbreak.

If you want to read about a real flu pandemic, read about the influenza that ran rampant in 1918, where between 20-40 million people died.

Again we see people in the drug manufacturing, public health and media industries trying to sell a product that governments will buy, medical outlets will sell, self-justification of organizations, positions and educational prowess, and the desire to sell news.

If America was hit with a real pandemic, it will probably do better than they did in 1918, but it would be nothing like this ridiculous, mock swine flu, non-pandemic of 2009. It is an embarrassment to all involved including those individuals that have their shorts in a bind over a non-issue. If you get the flu, you get the flu. There's a 99.99999 percent chance you will make a complete recovery without the involvement of a MD.

Update 11/2/09: I have had the flu since Friday. Did not go to the MD. Don't care what strain I have. Saturday and Sunday were a bit rough, but I think I am going to survive. I just see it as the on-going process of building a better physical defense.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Being a Fan of Marginal Teams

Utah is a marginal college football and NBA state. BYU, Utah and the Jazz are the extent of it. There are Bronco, Raiders and 49er fans. MLB and NHL are basically non-existent. People attend the AAA Bees games if there are fireworks afterwards. It is a typical small-market town.

So how do real sports fans in these areas select their teams? They elect traditional winners, big spending or big market teams. There are a ton of day-of-the-game fans of the Yankees, Red Sox, Cowboys, Patriots, Steelers, Packers.

You have to have a real reason to be a fan of a non-local team. You had better have a good story if you are a Yankee fan living in Utah: grew up back there, dad and grandpa were Yankee fans, etc.

How come there are no Royals or Rangers fans? No Texans or Lions fans? Because most people are bandwagon fans -- occasional fans that get involved if "their" team is doing well.

It is too painful to be a fan of teams that rarely make it beyond .500. I sit alone for most of my teams, not all.

On the good side, I am a fan of the Buckeyes and the Utes. I grew up in Columbus; spent every fall Saturday either watching or attending Buckeye games. I am a University of Utah graduate.

I love baseball. I listen to games on MLB.com all season long -- $15 for a full year's worth of all the games via local radio streams. I am a Reds fan. I grew up in Ohio during the 70s and the Big Red Machine. The Reds have not done anything since 1990. I also like the Twins (lived in Minnesota for five years) in the AL. I have a casual interest in the Indians, Cardinals, Rangers and Rockies (having lived in those towns) when they are not playing the Reds or Twins.

In the NFL, I am a Browns fan. I do not like the Bengals or the Broncos. I detest the Steelers. Being a Browns fan is very tough. They have never played in a Super Bowl. They always lose more than they win. When I was 10, I won a candy bar selling contest, selling the most bars on our football team. The prize? A trip and ticket to the Browns-Oilers game in Cleveland. I also like the Vikings in the NFC (four Super Bowls, four losses). I dislike the Packers.

I am not a big NBA fan, but pull for the Jazz. I might use free tickets, but I might not.

I am a big NHL fan, one of ten in Utah. Growing up in Ohio, we did not have an NHL team. I became a Red Wings fan (big Gordie Howe fan). I also like the Bruins (a Bobby Orr fan) in the Eastern Conference.

Finally, I like soccer. I follow FIFA World Cup from the qualifications through the tournament. I follow the UEFA Champions League. I follow La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and the Scottish Premier League. I live for the English Premier League. And specifically, my personal emotions are a direct result of how well Liverpool performs (right now, not very well). I have a tough time with MLS, but don't dislike it. I will listen to and pull for RSL.

BTW, I do follow Aussie rules football (a St. Kilda fan who dominated this year but lost to Geelong in the Grand Final) as well as rugby and cricket when they are getting ready and playing their respective world cups. I like to golf but rarely watch it on TV. I am not an auto racing fan of any type, nothing against those that do, just does not interest me. I will follow the occasional cycling event like the Tour de France, but have lost interest over the years.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medicare for Everyone A Bad Idea

It appears the House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare...for everyone.

Hospitals, clinics, MDs cannot survive on an expanded Medicare. Medicare reimbursements are smaller than most medical insurance reimbursements. Medical business models include a certain number of Medicare patients, just like retailers plan on a certain amount of shrinkage. But few opt to go Medicare exclusive.

(What's even worse is Medicaid. It is medical reimbursement for medical services provided to the poor, which includes students to illegals. Refunds are about 10 cents on the dollar.)

Medical businesses -- for-profit or not-for-profit -- are basically forced to see a certain number of Medicare patients a week, month or year. They know going into it that they are not going to cover their actual costs. Without government mandates, many would opt out. Many will continue to do their parts to help those that need the medical care but cannot afford to pay the actual cost.

As Obamacare unfolds, call it what you'd like, it will force medical organizations to provide medical services at the rates the government sets. Some will adapt. Medical service providers will see more patients over a given period of time (less time per patient). We will see decreases in salaries for office staffs as well as trained medical professionals like nurses and medical assistants. The MDs will most likely make less money. It is only reasonable to assume fewer people will decide to practice medicine -- medical education is not cheap and being able to pay back those loans will be more ominous.

It is a given that many medical service providers will go out of business. Some MDs will leave the practice. With less money in the space, medical device, equipment and drug manufacturers will see less opportunity and incentives.

Universal health care is typical Democrat touchy-feely. "Medical insurance for all" sounds so kind, compassionate and inclusive. It is until it is delivered. We'll be asking ourselves: "is this what we agreed to?"

The current insurance-driven model is broken but the pending Congressional replacement is worse. Medicare for everyone a bad idea for patients and providers. It is bad idea for the country -- for our businesses and individual taxpayers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What Happend to the Stimulus Jobs?

Seven months after a massive stimulus "investment", 49 of 50 states have lost jobs (North Dakota being the one success). Surprised?

Only a dolt would be surprised. Jobs cannot be created in a vacuum. Just because the government says there should be more jobs does not mean it will occur. Sorry Obama-as-a-deity worshipers. There needs to be real hope. Real hope is when an individual, group of individuals or established business investments time and money in a product and service that people want and will pay for, and that will generate an acceptable return for the investor(s).

In February, the White House projected the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law would be +3.5 million (through the end of 2010). As of September 2009, we are -2.7 million jobs. Sure we have another year to go but are we going to make up 6.2 million jobs?

Keynesian economics is and always will be flawed. The government can and should fund defense and infrastructure through its tax and spend means. We need safety. We need transportation. They are not ends unto themselves. They are there to allow us to realize life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The only way government can generate real jobs is to cut taxes and the burdens placed on businesses and individuals.

Think about what would happen if corporate taxes, investment gains taxes, personal tax rates were cut in half. Our government has been allowed to enslave us with excessive taxes and burdens. We can only blame ourselves.

We should not be forced to live for our new-fangled government and it wealth redistribution model. We have come a long (negative) way since 1776 where our Founders clearly stated: Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. In 1865, Lincoln reiterate that our government is of the people, by the people, for the people, [and] shall not perish from the earth.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Healthcare Entitlement That Reduces Deficit?

It goes from bad to worse. How does one actually say with a straight face:
new estimates show a health care overhaul drafted by Democrats would reduce the U.S. budget deficit over 10 years and cost less than $900 billion.
To believe that fantastic claim, you have to ignore everything we know about Washington and the history of government health-care programs. What federal entitlement programs have ever cost less than what they initially claimed or have ever reduced government expenditures or the need for higher taxes? (2003 Medicare prescription drug bill is one.)

We can look to other nations and states that have tried this. They all offer crappy services and high costs.

The Republicans need to take on the Democrats, not by saying 'no' but by providing sound alternatives to our current private and public health insurance model.

It only makes sense to get the government completely out of the health care business and to favor a model based on health care spending accounts and catastrophic insurance. A true market approach to health care will control costs, reduce corruption and give people value-based options.

This Democrat-led Obamacare health plan will be disastrous for decades. Besides the costs and unavoidable crappy care, it will increase unemployment. How can medical institutes, insurance companies, and drug and medical device firms justify business risks? Who would want to invest the time and costs associated with preparing for a medical profession?

Why do the politicians think that they can create a brand new entitlement program that will not balloon and crash due to its cost, bureaucracy and incompetency? Are Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare not good hints?

Big social government programs always fail. Socialism is a failed ideology on a massive, heterogeneous scale. Politicians the world over continue to demonstrate their insanity by trying the same things over and over again, hoping they will turn out differently.

For many, this argument is about health care; but for a few, it is about control -- the means to an end. Socialized health care provides a little help for a few but at a huge cost to personal freedom and liberty to most.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Global Warming Trinity

Man-made global warming's imminent disaster. The global warming trinity.

Prudence says that man should be good stewards of the land. Foolishness is the cry of doom unless we do something, regardless of the cost, ... yesterday.

We truly live in an insane world when we hear the so-called "world leaders" claim that we must all come together to solve a problem that DOES NOT EXIST and IS NOT CAUSED BY MAN?

The level of arrogance to think that if we tossed out the combustible engine and built wind and solar farms (as long as "they" can't see them), the oceans and the climate would enter into perfect harmony .. with man and all nature. Utopia.

We have one group of people (baby-boomers, students and ideologues) who has bought into man-caused global warming that will cause catastrophic destruction and the other group (Gore, Moore, etc.) that sees how it can exploit the hysteria for financial gain.

Politicians are just being politicians. One party that knows how to milk its alliance, regardless of the facts, and another party that really does not know how to build a compelling and viable competing argument.

This topic does not merit any further discussion because it is so remedial. Cap and trade is just about the worst political idea of all time. Bad ideas, even stupid ideas are fine, but when they become government policy, that's where the danger is.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Left Fork of Huntington Canyon

What an enjoyable hike. The Left Fork of Huntington Canyon starts right off Highway 31, about 18 miles from Huntington, at the Forks of Huntington Campground. My daughter (12 years old) and I started about mid-day on a beautiful fall Saturday. We made sure we wore our blaze orange as it was the deer hunt opening weekend (she took her's off on the return trip).

We hiked the 4.5 miles up to the Scad Valley. It climbs about 600 feet in elevation -- up and down tributary intersections. We only saw 4 people -- all fishermen, as it is a popular fishing area. After a short snack, we walked back to our truck. The round trip took us 4 hours. At around 8000 feet in elevation, it can get cool quickly once the sun starts going down.

Dominated by Engelmann spruce, there are some interesting soil erosion barriers in a variety of places along the route -- mother nature getting its better hand in some areas.

A great trail to take young hikers. It would make a nice overnighter for a scout group.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Five Thousand Year Leap

I can't believe it has taken me 30 years to read W. Cleon Skousen's The Five Thousand Year Leap. I have always loved the Founding Fathers; I love them even more now. His 28 great ideas that changed the world (from the table of contents):

1 - The genius of natural law
2 - A virtuous and moral people
3 - Virtuous and moral leaders
4 - The role of religion
5 - The role of the creator
6 - All men a created equal
7 - Equal right, not equal things
8 - Man's unalienable rights
9 - The role of revealed law
10 - Sovereignty of the people
11 - Who can alter the government
12 - Advantage of a republic
13 - Protection against human failure
14 - Property rights essential to liberty
15 - Free-market economics
16 - The separation of power
17 - Checks and balances
18 - Importance of a written constitution
19 - Limiting and defining the power of government
20 - Majority rule, minority rights
21 - Strong local self-government
22 - Government by law, not by men
23 - Importance of an educated electorate
24 - Peace through strength
25 - Avoid entangling alliances
26 - Protecting the role of the family
27 - Avoiding the burden of debt
28 - The Founders' sense of manifest destiny

It is fascinating how the Founders viewed the role of religion. As part of a formal education they felt was essential for all Americans, they felt three subjects were of highest importance: religion, morality and knowledge. Religion and morality were not options; today they are off limits unless through a private school.

Ben Franklin described five fundamental religion points or beliefs that should be shared by all, the world over:

-- Recognition and worship of a Creator who made all things
-- The the Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
-- That the Creator holds mankind responsibility for the way they treat each other.
-- That all mankind live beyond this life.
-- That in the next life mankind are judged for their conduct in this one.

Religion in American was a major cultural observation made by Alexis de Tocqueville. He said
"religion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must be regarded as the first of their political institutions... I do not know whether Americans have sincere faith in their religion -- for who can search the human heart? -- but I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican instutions. The opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or to a party, but it belowns to the whole nation and to every rank of society."
Oh how we have fallen. Thanks goodness there are tens of millions of Americans that love God, try to follow his commandants, and actively serve their fellow man. That's the hope that really matters.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Limbaugh and the NFL

Love him? Hate him? But don't make up things or talk about something you know nothing about, but pretend you do. (Too many people have opinions about Rush and have never spent anytime listening to him. I have been listening for over 15 years. I am a big fan.)

Rush Limbaugh was approached by Dave Checketts, current Real Salt Lake and St. Louis Blues owner, to be an investor on his team that is trying to buy the St. Louis Rams. The government | media complex decided that a conservative talk show host -- the biggest in the country -- should be dumped from participating. Checketts agreed.

So is one's political position now a test for NFL ownership? It is according to the government | media complex. Conservatives need not apply. Would be okay if George Soros, Al Gore or Michael Moore wanted a stake in the NFL ownership action? Certainly. We have actually seen the NFL approve Fergie as a minority owner in the Miami Dolphins. She is a well-established liberal. The NFL also okays king TV liberal Keith Olbermann as a member of its Sunday Night Football team.

The NFL is just part of the liberalization and excuse-me society. Certainly the leftists succeeded in getting Limbaugh rejected. Many liberals thank the free market for shooting down Limbaugh's participating as a potential Rams owner. Not all liberals agree though. One liberal blogger wrote that although Rush loses rams bid... rest of us just lose.

If rejecting Rush as a potential minority ownership in the NFL is free market, so be it. But let it work both ways. The 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

There is an obvious double standard in all aspects of society: liberalism is okay, conservatism is not. The NFL is an active participate, claiming it is just business. That has been proven wrong with Fergie and Olbermann.

Update 10/29/09: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Limbaugh on McNabb vs Fergie's and J-Lo's public statements, songs, etc. Goodell looks very bad, ESPN looks bad; double standard obvious.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

FBI Citizens' Academy

I just completed the five-week FBI Citizens' Academy. We meet once a week in the evening for three hours at the FBI offices (mine was in Salt Lake City) and on one Saturday at the firing range (mine was at the Salt Lake County Sheriff's facility). One of the best training experience I have ever had. The curriculum consists of:

-- Practical problems involving evidence collection and preservation.
-- FBI jurisdiction and congressional oversight.
-- Structure and operation of FBI field offices and satellite agencies.
-- Fingerprint, forensic, technology, training, and other services
-- Policies and issues: ethics, discipline, communications, drug enforcement, civil rights, and future criminal trends.
-- Firearms training.

The Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) led the training; the actual Special Agents were the instructors. We covered white collar crime, violent crime, cyber crime, counterintelligence, domestic terrorism, undercover ops, victims, investigations, technology & tools, and careers. We got enter and see the gun vault (including a 1929 Thompson submachine gun) and play in the Firearms Training System (FATS simulator).

On Saturday, we saw a sniper demo: we were told roughly were he was concealed; he made four precise shots from 100 yards. None of us could spot him until he stood up. We saw an explosive demo; amazing what a little C4 can do. We shot four FBI guns -- 2 handguns and two semi-fully automatic guns. We even got to shoot the .45 Tommy gun. We participated in a SWAT team hostage training session (we were the hostages).

There is no doubt that the men and women we met -- Special Agents and support staff -- are second to none. They are very professional and personable. They are dedicated to their jobs. I was very impressed.

If you are interested in law enforcement, information security, investigations, forensics, homeland security, this is a must. It was a great experience for all of us. I want to thanks those that participated in the 12th Citizens' Academy -- Utah Division. I wish them the best, including the SAC who is transferring to the SE USA.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize Officially a Joke

Based on some past winners (Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Yasser Arafat), we always knew the Nobel Peace Prize was politically motivated, now it has become a joke.

President Barack Obama won this year's. He as been in office less than nine months and was only President for 12 days before the Nobel nomination deadline last February.

His career consists of community organizing, a convention speech and campaigning for President while a less than one term senator.

Here's what the NobilePrizes.com says for Barack Obama (2009): for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

Maybe the committee felt that a person (a black person albeit) who got to the presidency by talking about hope and change (creating the "American Socialist Democratic Republic") and apologizing again and again for being American, deserved it.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

China, Dalai Lama or Tire Tariffs?

What is the seat-of-the-pants response to Obama's snub of the Dalai Lama? Busy? He dislikes Buddhists? Does not what to offend the Chinese?

The sad fact is: China owns America. It's China's world; we just live in it. Granted we need one another but the upper hand is moving east.

The Obama administration serves China by not meeting with the Dalai Lama. Small potatoes really. But it is interesting he has met with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Vladimir Putin. It's clear that Obama's definition of "engagement" leaves plenty of room to meet with dictators, but less for those who challenge them.

What's even more interesting is that he has imposed a tariff on tires imported from China. This is significant. It will not sit well with the Chinese but it will sit well with Obama labor union supporters.

Where are Obama's loyalties? Certainly with his local cronies and not with those he does not understand (but should).

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

LDS General Conference - Service

Active LDS Church members look forward twice a year to General Conference. Though it makes for a long weekend -- 10 hours of church -- it is rewarding, refreshing and renewing.

Conference is a personal experience. Everyone enters Conference with different problems, each coming from different places in life. What one person obtains from listening to the talks can be very different from another.

For me, what stood out was service -- the need to better serve our fellow man.

My wife is an example to me and our children. As a stay-at-home mom with only one child at home (7th grade), she goes out of her way to serve those in her neighborhood and community. From humanitarian service to hospice, from neighbors to extended family members, she has multiple things going every week. I'd be doing something if I got to a quarter of what she does.

Most people are silent in their suffering, silent in their needs. Finding opportunities to serve without impacting the pride of those that need service is a challenge.

True service is selfless. As it say in Matthew 22:
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Sen. Hatch on Climate Change Legislation

I write my congressman (Matheson) and senators (Hatch and Bennett) on a regular basis. They all do a decent job replying. I was impressed with a letter I received from Senator Hatch's office last week on the topic of climate change legislation.

I was impressed with the writer of the 2-page letter, obviously way over the head of Senator Hatch. At least he has qualified staff capable of understanding and describing a meaningful position.

Hatch is against cap and trade as described in H.R. 2454 (which passed on 26 July 2009 with a 219-212 vote). The Senate should be addressing this any day.

Hatch is questioning the assumptions made by the UN Panel on Intergovernmental Climate Change (IPCC). His staffer describes historical Antarctica ice core and the assumption that CO2 is the primary driver of climate change.

An all-encompassing cap and trade program might decrease by nine-hundredths of a degree F.

The costs associated with it far out weigh any revenue. For Utahans, the average electric bill will increase 70 percent, the highest in the nation.

Cap and trade will hurt American competitiveness. Manufacturing jobs will continue to move abroad. Most other countries, at least those producing goods, will not bother with CO2 controls.

Hatch's staffer concludes: "rather than looking at ways to artificially control society through the creation of a false market, we should be tapping into the free market to reduce CO2. False markets simple redistribute wealth to the preselected winners and losers, the winners here would be the select few who control carbon credits and the rest of us would be the losers. Such an outcome is the natural result of mandatory cap-and-trade rules, for if you control carbon, you control life."

Well done Senate staffer.