- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2009

KLEPTOCRATS ATTACK

Before the nation is overtaken by “Obamacare” and the delayed onset of the Christmas rush, here’s one final mop up of the U.N. conference that proved more anti-climactic than climatic.

“Copenhagen failed, no surprise there. The big winner is the global economy, which was spared an international pact to ration energy. By any sensible calculation, the dangers of economically ruinous global-warming policies far outweigh the dangers of the warming itself,” William Yeatman tells Inside the Beltway.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute analyst actually attended the summit.

“The big loser is the United Nations. U.N.-sponsored climate confabs long have been forums for kleptocrats from poor countries to browbeat rich countries for aid, but the pandering got out of hand in Copenhagen. Worse still, the U.N. demonstrated awesome incompetence in its handling of the event,” Mr. Yeatman continues.

“It gave out more invitations than the event site could accommodate so thousands of people were out in the cold, literally. I can’t imagine negotiations continuing under the auspices of this inane organization. Expect future discussions to shift to another forum, most likely the major economies’ meetings, which are run by the White House.”

PALIN SHORTCUT

“Copenhgen=arrogance of man 2 think we can change nature’s ways. MUST b good stewards of God’s earth, but arrogant & naive 2 say man overpwers nature,” - Sarah Palin’s reaction to the U.N. climate summit, filed by phone Sunday via Twitter.

BUMPER PATROL

“Blaming Bush is so last year.” — bumper sticker spotted in Waldorf, Md.

LAST-MINUTE THOUGHT

“The Senate health care bill will set up the federal government as being brokers for the abortion industry. No senator or organization can call themselves pro-life if they support such language,” says Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

A BITTER PILL

Monday dawns: Some doctors who oppose Senate health care reform could be yawning. Members of the Take Back Medicine coalition were disturbed enough to literally stage a collective “vigil” - like many news organizations — staying up to bear witness to the Senate roll call vote in the wee hours.

The group represents 500,000 physicians from 43 county, state and national organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Kansas Medical Association, Los Angeles County Medical Association and Louisiana Medical Association.

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