Monday Morning Roundup

Some articles that caught my eye this morning, and will add some food for thought to your plate:

— The Problem with Health Care is Focus: …on “patient care” rather than “customer care.” Scott McKain, one of the foremost authorities on customer care and retention, continues his dissertation on the health care crisis in this country. Pointing out that we pay for medical care regardless of the outcome of the care received, and especially regardless of the quality of treatment we received, Scott asks one powerful question: “Behavior rewarded is behavior repeated. Why don’t we start rewarding the behavior in healthcare that we really desire?”



— Congress Should Butt Out of the BCS: So says George Will in his weekly column. The Conservative commentator reminds us that Congress in specific and government in general really have no place in organized sport, regardless of the ambigously broad application of the Commerce Claus to the ongoing debate regarding the need for a national playoff in the upper echelons of collegiate football. What I appreciate about the Will column on this is that he doesn’t truly take a stance on the playoff question. As I’ve outlined before, there are a number of possibilities with a Bowl Playoff Series, allowing the BCS conferences to administer a National Championship within the current Bowl system. Even so, I’m not foaming at the mouth over the need for a BCS overhaul. Then again, I root for the Buckeye and not the Bearcats…



— Something’s Rotten in Denmark: Ohio Corn Growers’ Executive Dwayne Siekman and Past NCGA President Fred Yoder spent the weekend in Copenhagen for the Climate Change Summit there. Dwayne blogged their experience, and shared some very pertinent information about how the deck is stacked against the U.S. farmer: “Worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture account for 14 percent of all GHG emissions, but of that 14 percent, over 74 percent of the agriculture-based GHG emissions come from developing countries. It is obvious that U.S. farmers have been and will continue to do their job, but the rest of the world believes the U.S. should pay to bring everyone to their level.” I’ll have more on Dwayne’s insight in my column this week, and I’ve also penned some thoughts on the Copenhagen meeting over at the Cattle Call blog.



— The United States is “Ungovernable:” …at least by the radical statists currently in power. Glenn Reynolds has a compilation of interesting links and articles responding (actually predicting and responding) to the assertion this week that since Obama hasn’t accomplished much in his first year aside “winning” a Nobel Peace Prize (simply for being Obama), the United States has become inherently ungovernable. Glenn’s resources tell the story fairly accurately and completely; I would only add that the Administrations continued attempts to erode the Constitution through Czars and regulatory fiat will only worsen the handwringing on the left as Americans stiffen their neck to these blatant attacks on the American system of government.