Thursday, July 20, 2017

McCain Diagnosis

It is really too bad that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is pretty much a death sentence.  What is not being widely reported is the fact that McCain is being treated at the Mayo Clinic, the most exclusive and renown medical facility in the country, this is particularly interesting in view of the national debate taking place over the health care available to most Americans.  U.S. Senators and Congressmen are under their own health care system, as are most Federal employees, it is a system which gives them great freedom in selecting their health care providers, as well as the level of care they receive, and includes a very substantial government paid subsidy.  The vast majority of American will never see the inside of the Mayo Clinic, but members of Congress and their staff's have that option if they so desire, complements of the tax payers.

Monday, July 10, 2017

What to make of childless political leaders?

James McPherson writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children.  This is a pretty odd coincidence and it makes one wonder what, if anything, it means.  Five American Presidents were childless:  George Washington, Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, James Polk and Warren Harding.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

What is it about the left and hyperbole?

Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post today wrote about the terrifying and terrible prospect of Anthony Kennedy retiring from the Supreme Court, really, terrifying?  This follows proclamations that millions will die following America's abandonment of the Paris Climate Accord or the repeal of Obama Care, really?  These types of alarmist declarations will do nothing to further the causes of the left because they will not come to pass.  People will continue to live and die as they always do, and New York City is not underwater as Al Gore predicted.  How about straight forward arguments and reasoned analysis, those have become anathema to the unhinged left in America.  The elitist left who look down from on high on the their inferior brethren believes the only way to win an argument is to scare the hell out of everybody.