President Obama gave something of an apology in November for his promise that if you liked your health care plan or doctor, you could keep them, period. Turns out what he meant was that if he liked them, you could keep them. And he turned out to be very difficult to please.
But he’s not the only one who was going around making that promise.
“More guns, more violence”, so goes the mantra that, apparently, many liberal politicians and their voters keep chanting. However, there were some maps made by the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime that tend to set this mantra on its ear.
Now that same-sex marriage has been accepted by some states, it’s no longer a draw for the evening news, so ABC News in America has decided to move on to the next big thing; open marriage. This is what passes for “news” in the 21st century; one-sided advocacy journalism.
Are the Crusades typical of most wars? (Hint: No.)
The school voucher program in Louisiana is a fantastic success. The high school graduation is significantly up, and the poorest are benefiting the most. So, of course, Obama’s Justice Department is suing to stop it on the ground of … diversity? Really? (Yes, really.)
Would you believe that Antarctic ice is at a 35-year record level, and that temperatures have stopped rising? And this in spite of the fact that CO2 is being added to the atmosphere at a record pace? You should. Because, y’know, it’s true.
Is religion the major cause of war? Are the Crusades just one of many examples of how religion has caused so much conflict over the course of human history? I’ve got the stats for you.
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has exposed corruption, fraud, and hypocrisy. The latest group to get in front of his all-seeing eye are the ObamaCare Navigators, those helpful folks who will get you through all the ins and outs of the ObamaCare exchanges, and get you the best price for your health insurance. And, as O’Keefe finds out, even if they have to convince you to commit fraud. Does that sound like another group you have heard of, another target of O’Keefe’s exposes? Well, it’s the same MO, and in some places, it’s the same people.
Yet another city (and yet another one in California) could be going bankrupt. But the reason they’re going under is over-promising, in this case, to their police force, who’s salaries and pensions gobble up 70% of the city’s budget. Over-promising is also giving our US government a pain in the budget, and we may be in for the same fate as these cities. However, we have to be willing to state the truth about our finances, because examples of what happens when you ignore the truth may soon visit Desert Hot Springs, California.
Once again I’m back with a 10-minute-or-less romp through the events of the day.
I tried to keep from dealing too much with ObamaCare in this episode, having said as much as I did last episode, but this issue is just sucking the oxygen out of the news cycle. First off, I consider what the problem was that ObamaCare was supposed to solve, and realize that the solution is worse than the problem.
Global warming has “paused” for 17 years now, and a peer-reviewed study suggests it might be doing that for another 20 years or so. And it’s all due to natural, ecological cycles. (Imagine that.)
President Obama recently said that you can keep your policy if you like it, except if you can’t. That was referring to the individual, private insurance market. Kathleen Sebelius has now added that caveat to another, much larger, insurance group.
You were told that, if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. But hospitals are laying off people by the thousands.
You were told that, if you liked your health plan, you could keep your health plan. But the Affordable Care Act has, written into the bill in 2010, estimates of how many people would lose it anyway. You were lied to.
And supporters of ObamaCare are now waking up to the realization that, indeed, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Turns out we do have a single-payer system. It’s just that the single payer is us. How is it that conservatives saw this but liberals didn’t? Hmmm.
I had a nice conversation with a Twitter follower on the flipping and flopping may Democrats have done on the whole debt limit issue. They were very much against raising it until one of their guys is sitting in the White House. What a difference an administration makes! I was pointed to a quote by Dick Cheney saying that “deficits don’t matter” as an example of Republicans changing course as well. But that quote is categorically different than what Democrats are saying today. (And Cheney is not what anyone would really consider a conservative.) (And at the time he said that, I disagreed with him.)
Dave Ramsey recently did a segment on the math of ObamaCare. Never mind the politics of it all (and he certainly lets both conservatives and liberals have it on spouting talking points rather than “original thought”), the math just doesn’t work out. Math isn’t political; it’s just math. If you respect Dave, you should watch the video. Like my podcast, it’s less than 10 minutes.
Of all the services that the government performs, which ones are considered “essential”? Which ones stay operating even during a shutdown? Here’s an example of one, and in fact, it’s a service that is active only during a shutdown.
What if they held a recess and nobody played? A school is banning baseballs, soccer ball, basketballs; basically anything that might give you a boo-boo. That may seem silly (and it is), but there’s some other silliness that’s prompting it.
And we have another round of “Name That Quote”. In the continuing saga of the debt limit, I have an outspoken critic of raising it. See if you can guess who it is.
Do more guns mean more murders and suicides? A Harvard study of European countries may surprise you. Or cause you to yawn in recognition of something we’ve long understood.
Is the stem cell debate — embryonic vs adult — now over with the discovery in Israel? It may just be. Some may still want to debate it, of course, but the results suggest that the fat lady has sung. (And she is a great source of stem cells!)
And places are being shut down that have never been shut down during this government shutdown. Gee, why would that be?
The 9th annual People’s Podcast Awards are open for nominations! Now, you’re people, and I’m a podcast, so it only makes sense that you nominate me, right? Just go to PodcastAwards.com. Please vote for me in the Politics / News category. Where it asks for the URL, just enter considerthis.ctpodcasting.com. You can only submit the nomination page once for this year, so if you have other podcasts you like, nominate them as well. But don’t wait too late. Nominations close at midnight, October 15th. I would really appreciate a nomination in this rather prestigious award.
A very high-profile supporter of foreign aid to Africa has had his mind turned around upon learning what capitalism has done for the continent. Aid is a stop-gap measure, not a cure. See if you can figure out who it is before I spill the beans.
The anti-war movement has had its resolve tested by being given virtually identical scenarios about war-making; one with a Republican President and one with a Democrat. The outcry should be the same, if the stance they take is on principle rather than on politics. Listen in to see how they measure up.
In both the work and family areas of my life, a little bit of turmoil has erupted. (Hmm, can you really have “a little bit” of turmoil? Maybe we’ll just call it “disruption”.) But it’s not bad turmoil/disruption, it’s just that things are not what I might call “normal” at the moment. Whatever you call it, the result is that making time to write a script for, and record, a podcast, a bit more difficult.
Rest assured that I’m not putting away my mic and shutting down the podcast. It’s just that it may be a little time before the next one comes out. I’m shooting for getting one out in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner.
Into each life, a little rain must fall. But enjoy the rain, rather than curse it. When things clear up a bit, I’ll be back.