Health Care Bill Destroys Personal Liberties & Choices

In the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Rope”, the very avant garde theme of elitism and superior moral authority is playing itself out in the current debate on Obama and the Democrat’s health care plan. Two adult friends who attended the same boarding school were taught that there are some in the world whose elitism and superiority gives them the right to murder whoever they deem inferior or weaker than they are. They decide to test that theory and strangle another friend from the same boarding school and hide his body in plain sight while they pretend to throw a party to honor him, ostensibly mocking those who love him while smugly feeling they have nothing to be ashamed of.


Josette Shiner

Josette S. Shiner is one of USTR’s top advisers to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, serving as a chief policy strategist on trade and globalization issues and overseeing numerous negotiating sectors as well as the agency’s communications and outreach operations.

Josette Shiner
With a wide-ranging background in policy, journalism and the private sector, Ms. Shiner brings a unique combination of talents to government service. Before joining USTR, she was managing director of Starpoint Solutions, a leading Wall Street technology firm that works with Fortune 500 clients. During her tenure at Starpoint she successfully competed for and led major strategic projects such as the redesign of the Associated Press’ global intranet. Prior to Starpoint, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Empower America, founded by Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett, where she developed its agenda of technology policy, trade, education reform and tax reform.

Ms. Shiner has a distinguished background in media. She has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, including for foreign reporting. During her tenure as managing editor of The Washington Times, she was a regular commentator on programs such as Nightline, Fox news, the McLaughlin Group, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN and others.

Under her leadership, the Times rose to prominence as one of the world’s most quoted and awarded newspapers for breaking news and investigative stories. Ms. Shiner rose rapidly to the top ranks of management at the newspaper after proving her expertise as a reporter covering the White House, Congress and State Department.

Her extensive network of contacts and reputation for fairness and accuracy helped her land interviews with more than a dozen heads of state in Europe, Asia, Latin American and the United States while working at the Times.

Ms. Shiner also wrote a nationally syndicated column for Scripps Howard News Service on a wide range of issues including technology, education and other national policy issues. In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Shiner as one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Ms. Shiner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In March 2002, President George Bush appointed Ms. Shiner to the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. She has served on a number of boards, including the Washington Urban League, and has received numerous journalistic awards including the Press Award for Journalistic Achievement by the National Order of Women Legislators and a national award for developing and promoting African-American journalists.

Open ANWAR Already! By Jon Basil Utley

The case for drilling—and more energy production

The media constantly repeat the claim that it would take a decadeto get the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) into oil productionandabout as longfor offshore continental oil to start flowing.Most accountspromote the views of extreme environmentalists to make the issue appear so hopeless that we must instead “change our way of life” rather thantap into proven oil reserves.In July, CNN repeatedly reported that offshore drilling would take “seven to 10 years” to get into production. Yet Brazil’s Petrobras expects its new finds in extraordinarily deep waters to already be producing 100,000 barrels per day injust two years. What is wrong with American oil companies that they would take so long?

In fact, the world oil shortage is political, not geological. In the U.S., the government makes it virtually impossible to drill in new areas offshore. In Nigeria, civil strife has shut down major production….