Wednesday, April 4, 2012
1) I'll admit it. I'm still somewhat ambivalent on Obamacare. On the one hand, I defend it by pointing out to my conservative colleague that the plan is essentially a knockoff of the 1993 Republican plan, a Heritage Foundation paradigm, Romneycare, and the 2007 bipartisan Wyden-Bennett proposal. And on the other hand, I criticize it to my liberal colleague for the plethora of inconsistencies in it; the fact that the penalty isn't nearly sufficient enough to ensure compliance (it essentially allows individuals to simply pay the fine and then buy insurance only when they get sick), the hundreds and hundreds of waivers that have up to now been granted it (multiple chapters of the SEIU, for instance - a group that has donated heavily to Mr. Obama).............Right now, I myself am leaning some toward health savings accounts (with subsidies for those who can't afford it) and only having insurance for catastrophic illnesses. That way, the people will be a little bit more prudent and make these SOB providers actually compete for our services for a change.............2) Black music has essentially gone from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk to Nicki Manaj and some idiot who simply goes by the name of "Common". I mean, I know that the concept of "progress" can be measured in a great many ways and all but this to me is just flat-out REGRESS (and, yes, I understand that there is more to black music than simply these two numb-nuts but, in the mainstream, I'm saying).............3) I call President Obama a corporatist and a crony capitalist and I get accused of "bashing the President". Some individual by the name of Cenk Uygur essentially says the same thing and suddenly this becomes an insightful criticism. Only in America, folks. Only in America.............4) I criticize President Obama for his (what I consider to be reckless) foreign policy and I get accused of "bashing the President". Noam Chomsky accuses President Obama of war crimes and says that the man should be dragged in front of a Nuremberg caliber tribunal and CRICKETS!. Wow, huh? And to think that the hard-left (the Olbermanns and Schultzes of the world) still frigging wonder why we hate them so.