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More from the Investor's Business Daily
In my last journal entry about the Investor's Business Daily's editorial board, I posited two compelling opinions regarding their editorial about the House health care plan. I suggested that either (a) they were incompetent, or (b) they were deliberate liars pushing an ideological agenda.

Sensing that (1) was unlikely, I leaned towards (2).

Evidence has surfaced that, well, perhaps I was a bit hasty in overlooking (1).

In an editorial which has since been corrected online, the IBD apparently claimed that:

"People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."

Obviously, since it has been corrected, the basic problem with this has been pointed out to them. But they should have caught it before it got to print in the first place.

The basic problem is simple: For the entire time that Stephen Hawking has been suffering from ALS he has been under the care of the NHS, the very service the IBD claims would value his life as worthless and let him die, a fact that any cursory research on Professor Hawking would have revealed. Sure, he speaks with an American accent, but he's English, through-and-through.

So perhaps incompetence is not as unlikely as I thought.