6 random things for Friday (NHS denying smokers, Cruz vs. Sanders, media love Dubya)

News Story of the Day: this is the socialized healthcare system for you: if the state disapproves of your lifestyle then it will “withhold” routine surgeries for you.

The British National Health Service (NHS) confirmed that the obese and smokers will be rejected for most surgeries until that individual’s lifestyle adheres to NHS standards

Here is what The London Telegraph reports:

“In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients — with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking.”

This is just expected in any socialized healthcare system. Everything from rationing to restrictions, many of these medical systems go broke and will resort to such grotesque measures.

Chart of the Day: does today’s stock market look like the one 30 years ago that crashed the Dow Jones by 23 percent? This chart suggests that it does:

Illustration of the Day: you have to give it to him, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz did an admirable job on CNN this week talking taxes and healthcare. Of course, it’s easy when you’re up against a socialist shrieking vacuous polemics and empty platitudes. This illustration sums up the debate:

Quote of the Day: Scott Rasmussen is out with a superb op-ed entitled “Trump Proving Politicians Not As Important As They Think They Are” in TownHall Here is an excerpt:

Shortly after World War II, Congress passed a law requiring the federal government to assume responsibility for managing the economy. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy claimed that government stewardship was responsible for the post-War economic boom. In those heady days, there was even talk about how economists had learned to fine-tune the economy.

Looking back, the hubris of the 1960s governing elite seems laughable. Studies have shown that the best economic models of that era failed to predict most of what actually happened. We know today that the post-War boom had more to do with pent-up demand and America’s global dominance than government policies. By the 1970s, government policymakers seemed unable to understand or address the combination of high inflation and growing unemployment.

Being pragmatic, most Americans eventually came to agree with Ronald Reagan’s assessment that “government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” He connected with everyday Americans by declaring that the most frightening words in the English language were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His words still resonate today as a majority of Americans believe the federal government has too much power. Only seven percent think it has too little.

But a growing political class resisted that view and retained faith in the idea that the government could manage the economy. In fact, those in official Washington came to believe that government bureaucrats could create a better nation by managing every aspect of life in America. They cheered the dramatic growth of the Regulatory State and were convinced that bureaucrats know best.

Thus began a wide divide between everyday Americans and political elites.

Tweet of the Day: former President George W. Bush is popular again because he is blasting President Donald Trump and encouraging the United States to embrace globalism. The Democrats are now praising Bush and the media have fallen in love again with the warmonger. Glenn Greenwald has great commentary on this:

Video of the Day: if you have ever taken a business, accounting or economics class, you would know that restaurants suffer from low profit margins. Any increase in operation costs – labor or food – would impact a restaurant a great deal. PragerU is out with a video answering the question: why are restaurant profit margins so low?

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