NEW COMMENT CONCERNING SENATOR SESSIONS' QUESTIONING OF JUDGE SOTOMAYOR. CAN BE FOUND IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.
Why is it wrong to trust the government?
In a simple answer, it isn’t. I understand that those of the right spend countless hours arguing that we can’t trust the government and spend even more hours worrying about the size of the government. However, it just doesn’t bother me.
The greatest eras of economic growth in America during the twentieth century were linked with government intervention/stimulation of the economy. Of course, no one can prove causation about this and anyone claiming is just nuts. We can’t prove the economy would’ve grown without the intervention nor can we prove the growth would’ve been greater with more intervention. However, the twentieth century unreal overall growth in the American economy and size of government, which means – I don’t actually know. Neither does anyone else.
So why is it wrong for me to want the government to get involved in the health care business? I don’t want to shop around for my own health insurance. I have an agent deal with my home, car and life insurance because I don’t want to deal with it. If the government can provide me a plan that is competitive with the cartel controlled health insurance industry plans, then I have no problem turning that over to them. I already let them build my roads, deliver my mail, navigate plane landings and takeoff, keep my neighborhood safe and many other things. I don’t fear a public option for my health care. In fact, I believe the government might be more willing to cover me than a for-profit private plan.
I understand that people have differing beliefs on this, but don’t criticize my overall trust in government. Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean everyone doesn’t. Isn’t that the essence of freedom of thought?
Sotomayor confirmation hearings.
I don’t understand why the Republicans are even making noise on this one. President Obama has nominated a loose constructionist to replace a loose constructionist. I know the Republicans want strict constructionists on the Court, but they act as if that is the only way to interpret the Constitution. Let’s take a look at other loose constructionists – Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (once he became President), John Marshall, Abraham Lincoln, John Harlan (of Plessy v. Ferguson dissent fame). Yet, to hear the Republicans speak, these men must have worked hard to destroy the Constitution with their wrong interpretations.
I think the Republicans would be better off to not fight the Sotomayor nomination and vote unanimously to confirm. They can save that political capital to fight a possible nomination from President Obama to replace Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy or Justice Thomas if they should leave the Court during this administration’s time in office. If they spend too much on Sotomayor and ultimately lose, then they might not have enough capital left for a real fight. Just food for thought.
The national debt…
We need to something. I don’t know what, but we need to do something. However, for the Republicans to attack social programs and not listen to the need to trim the Department of Defense is the type of single mindedness that has gotten us into this problem. Democrats will never give up social spending as long the Republicans continue to protect Defense from any real reform.
I am sick of tired of listening to everyone criticize President Obama for struggling on how to properly react to the events in Iran. I guess Republicans always believe we need to use hard power in all situations. I guess they forgot the failure of the hard power threats from President Bush’s dealings with Iran.
Speaking of Iran, we are at an historic moment. The Israelis and Sunni Muslims have a common enemy…Shia Iran. Can we broker this common element into a peace treaty creating a Palestinian state that peacefully coexists with Israel and have the support of the larger Arab world? With this peace, the Sunni and Israelis could work together to isolate Iran and stave off the possibility of a strong Iran, which neither the Israelis nor the Sunni Arabs want.
Just wondering where the conservatives on the Supreme Court found the right to a promotion in the Constitution.
How do we deal with an insane man? A straightjacket…Call the Navy Seals. Still can figure out what the North Koreans want. I still have a hunch this is more about China and North Korea than the United States and North Korea. He knows it would be suicide to actually bomb Hawaii, but knows that he can get attention by making noise about it. What should you do with a child that is doing stuff just get attention? Ignore it or recognize it by punishing it? Don’t know which one is right in this situation. I really don’t think anyone knows.
The man was one of the first to make me fall in love with great music. Thriller came out when I was in junior high and his video releases were can’t miss television on MTV. All these people who are happy a “pedophile” died, I would like to remind you he was found NOT GUILTY in 2005 on those charges. We don’t know what happened and our justice system worked the case out and found the best possible answer to the situation. To say you know what happened is just a flat-out lie.
Truly random stuff…
I fell in love with frozen coffee this summer. Love the coffee and now don’t have to sweat it out to enjoy it when it is 95 degrees outside. QuikTrip comes through again.
The word golf turns out to be Scottish for “bad luck.” At least that is what it has meant for me this summer.
How did they live before that conditioned air stuff that comes into my house? For those who believe that good old days were in the past, then you must live without this wonderfully cool air.
I keep trying new beers, but Guinness keeps remaining my favorite. Is there a beer out there that will make me lower the status of the great Irish stout? Can’t wait to get to Dublin next summer and see my own personal Vatican.
The word golf turns out to be Scottish for “this sucks.” At least that is what it has meant for me this summer.
I heard that St. Louis air quality would always be good in the summer if we didn’t fuel our cars during the daylight hours. It turns out that spilled gasoline instantly turns into ground level ozone when the temperature is higher than 85.
I think the bumper on my car would taste good with hot sauce and/or ketchup on it.
The word golf turns out to be Scottish for “birdie the eighteenth so he keeps coming back.” At least that is what it has meant for me this summer.
Just found out my phone has MusicID on it. Seriously, I'm so psyched!!!
Almost one month away from getting to teach again. Honestly, I can’t wait. Eight weeks is too long to be away from one’s passion/job. We would do better to spread those eight weeks around and go to a year-around schedule. I keep hearing that we can’t do it because of athletics, but what is the purpose of schools again?
I hate listening to other teachers complain that I get to play golf for free. Get a job in the summer at a golf course. It is not really that hard.
Merry Christmas in July.