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Red state, blue state, solvent state, broke state

George Clooney called Donald Trump a xenophobic fascist, and said his immigration policies were idiotic and intolerant. But when George, who wants to bring in as many unvetted immigrants as possible, gets a wake-up call as terrorism rings throughout the UK, where does he take refuge? Yeah, you guessed it.

And I’ll take about a surprising trend in state solvency. Which states, run by which political parties, are better off financially? Well, if you’re a regular listener to this podcast, you won’t be so surprised.

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George Clooney interview: ‘Donald Trump is a xenophobic fascist’

How Ironic: George Clooney Moving Family Out of England For ‘Security Reasons’

George Clooney Plans to Move Amal and Twins Back to LA for Security Reason

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds

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Charlie Gard gets the death penalty

If you’ve heard about the situation in the UK regarding Charlie Gard, you may be one of a minority in the US. Seems there are bigger stories here, like the dissecting of the handshake Trump and Putin had at the recent G20 meeting. (Gotta’ have your priorities.)

Just a few months old, Charlie Gard has a very rare medical condition that there is no known cure for, so doctors in the UK have said that Charlie must die. They’ve even prevented the parents from taking Charlie to the US for an experimental treatment at their own expense. Socialized medicine often decides who lives or dies based on the cost to taxpayers, but clearly money is not the issue here. It’s all about control.

This episode has my thoughts on the matter. Things have gone upside down.

Mentioned links:

MP GRAPHICS blog

MP Graphics Facebook page

Timeline: Parents battle to save Charlie Gard

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This is poised to take a downturn. Why?

The New York Times had an article noting that life expectancy in the US started declining in the 2014/2015 time frame, and no one seems to know why. What could have happened around that time that might account for this? Hmmm…

But the government’s solution for that was based on a system that is killing its “beneficiaries”. Is the cure worse than the disease?

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Mentioned links:

Life Expectancy in U.S. Declines Slightly, and Researchers Are Puzzled

Disgrace: Almost 100 Veterans Died Waiting For Health Care At Los Angeles VA Hospital

Obamacare Death Spiral: First 2018 Coverage Map Reveals At Least 47 Counties With No Coverage

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The March for Settled Science

On April 22nd, people took to the streets in what was called the March for Science! It’s not really explained who would be against science; that was just a convenient straw man. In fact, there was a good representation of anti-Trump signs, so that it seemed this was equal parts scientific and political. And many folks would agree that science has become too politicized, though the marchers probably couldn’t see that it’s being done by both sides, including theirs.

Republicans are continuing to work on their repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. Well, it’s more like a “repeal and rename” strategy. Much of the failures of ObamaCare remain, but now Republicans will be blamed when the train wreck happens; a pre-existing condition that would have happened anyway, but now that the GOP will claim to have “fixed” it without actually fixing it, they’ll bring the blame on themselves.

Mentioned links:

20 Funniest Signs at the March for Science

Science vs. Science™!

The March for … What?

House Freedom Caucus endorses Republicans’ revised health care plan; centrists still wary

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Who really pays federal income taxes, and who doesn’t?

Mitt Romney got in trouble for saying that 47% of the country doesn’t pay income taxes. He was right, but that didn’t seem to matter. And when the Left tries to “debunk” this, they have to start out by saying that Romney was basically right!

Universities, once the bastions of free speech, are now having to be told to respect free speech. It’s as though the Leftists that make up the majority of academia never really wanted that.

Assisted suicide for a bad case of ringing in the ears? Yes, that’s what it’s come to over in the Netherlands.

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New poll shows what Americans really think about taxes: the rich should pay more

Is it true that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes?

Universities told they must protect freedom of speech

Netherlands Now Euthanizes Alcoholics and the Mentally Ill

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Is this marriage worth protecting?

Is it prudent for a public figure to make sure his public life matches his private values? If he sets boundaries to make sure he stays true to his values, is that a bad thing? Apparently, it is, for some people. (Some of the same people who say you have no right to judge the bad behavior of their favorite public figures.)

A new report came out in England recently describing how the lack of new doctors is affecting health care there. When you remove the profit motive, you get fewer people in that field, and you get more deaths and longer waiting lines. But hey, it’s more “fair”, right?

And we hit a milestone as the Facebook page gets its 100th “like”!

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Wall Street Journal Writer Blasts Mike Pence’s Relationship Rules As Fundamentalist ‘Terror Of Women’

7 Things You Need To Know About Britain’s Failing Nationalized Health System

Rationing of NHS services ‘leaving patients in pain and distress’, says new report

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Scandal-free? Not so much, actually.

President Obama and many of his supporters have been characterizing his administration as “scandal free”. Really? Something tells me their definition of “scandal” changes based on who’s occupying the Oval Office. Let’s run down a few examples of things that would have dogged a Republican.

And we have some feedback by listener DocH regarding who the extremists really are. (Hint: There are not as many of them as you may think.)

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Celebrities Walk Back Their Promises To Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected

18 Major Scandals in Obama’s ‘Scandal-Free’ Presidency

‘An amazingly scandal-free administration’

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Episode 158: ObamaCare Bails Out Iteself

Costs? What costs?

Costs? What costs?

So, how’s that fantastic government program, ObamaCare, doing? You know, that program that would let you keep your doctor or your plan if you liked it, or reduce your costs by $2,500 dollars per year? The program that, overall, would save us all money? Well, the Washington  Post has  an update, and it seems that the “Affordable” Care Act isn’t very affordable, even for the government that created it. In fact, it’s having to use a 1950s-era law to come up with the money to pay insurers.

And someone you know was trashing ObamaCare recently. See who you can figure out who it was in Name That Quote!

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Obama administration may use obscure fund to pay billions to ACA insurers

Bill Clinton bashes Obamacare as ‘crazy system’ on campaign trail

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"We can fight for ourselves, thank you."

“We can fight for ourselves, thank you.”

If ObamaCare is trying to emulate the European style of health care, perhaps we should look at those systems to see how well they’re doing in providing quality health care. It’s easy to give access to it, but how good is it?

And it may be that the controversy over the Washington Redskins football team name might be going out with a whimper. That is, if the Social Justice Warriors fighting for the cause will listen to those whom they are ostensibly fighting for. (But hold not thy breath.)

Mentioned links:

NHS: UK now has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world, according to OECD report

Poll: Native Americans’ attitudes toward the Washington Redskins team name

I’m dropping my protest of Washington’s football team name

Activists criticize recent poll on offensiveness of Redskins’ name

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Thoughts on the 2015 Election Results

No podcast episode coming out  regarding this, but I did want to weigh in.

Not a huge number of results, but some results were huge in this off-year election day.

The “hugest” could be considered the election of a Republican Tea Partier as governor of Kentucky.

Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday and swept fellow Republicans into statewide office with him. The stunning victory heralds a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years.

In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with a go-it-alone style, was too far out of the mainstream and too inexperienced to win.

A few things about this. First, I have noted before that when Democrats get to run places like the big cities of Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore for decades, with few to no Republicans in that time, and when we see these cities crumbling when they have this free hand, it’s hard to understand why the voters in those cities keep electing folks from the same party over and over. It’s like they think that the same guys who got them into this hole can now dig them out of it using the same shovels. I’m hoping that this signals a change in the voters of Kentucky; that they’ve finally said, “Enough is enough.”

Bevin, as noted above in the NY Times article, was a Tea-Party-type. The Republican establishment was concerned that he was too conservative, or “too far out of the mainstream” to win. It appears that perhaps the “mainstream” isn’t necessarily where those pundits think it is. It may be running more to the political Right.

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