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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.

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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?

The 2017 Podcast Award nominations are going on all month!  Please click here and nominate “Consider This” in the News and Politics category. Thanks so much.

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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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For some, not exactly a raise

This time out, I’m reconsidering 3 topics I’ve covered in the past with some new information.

Stevie Wonder: He said something that I’ve said about Black Lives Matter in the past. Will it carry more weight?

San Bernardino: Five years ago, I talked about how this California city went bankrupt. They’re finally coming out of it. Now what?

Seattle: So how’s that minimum wage hike working out for them? Exactly as predicted. (Predicted by conservatives; not by the liberals that passed it.)

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Previous episodes of “Consider This!”

Episode 7: Voter ID, Canadian Health Care, and Bankrupt Cities

Episode 137: Do Political Parties Matter for Local Issues?

Episode 154: #AllBlackLivesMatter

After five long years, San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy. What’s next?

What are the political party affiliations of the City of San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council?

Stevie Wonder: ‘You Cannot Say Black Lives Matter and Then Kill Yourselves’

New study suggests that Seattle’s $13 minimum wage is hurting workers

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This man doesn’t want Christians in government

As a society, we have been told that the best sort of sex education in schools are ones that were contraception-focused, and that free contraception in schools reduced teen pregnancy. A new study out of England is casting some doubt on this assumption.

It seems like some folks (like Senator Bernie Sanders) would like to bring the idea of a religious test for government office back into vogue. They’d like to make sure that either you’re not of a particular religion, or at least are someone who doesn’t really take that particular religion too seriously.

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Teen pregnancy rate falls 42.6 percent after UK cuts sex-ed, birth-control funding

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Watch Bernie Sanders Attack a Christian Nominee and Impose an Unconstitutional Religious Test for Public Office

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Episode 180: A Tour of Chicago

Let’s take a tour of Chicago (if you dare)

On this episode, we’ll be taking a tour of Chicago, and Illinois in general, showing you some of the sights. These include:

  • Shootings in the city despite (or because of) strict gun control laws.
  • The thousands fleeing the state due to high taxes (and how one of Illinois’ neighbors solved that same problem).
  • A Democrat-controlled General Assembly that won’t pass a budget (and the results of that).
  • The Chicago Public School system, that is getting a bail-out as a reward for financial mismanagement.

A better look at the “Blue State Model” of governing you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Is it a progressive’s paradise? Sadly, yes.

Mentioned links:

49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress

Mayor of Chicago [Wikipedia]

CHICAGO ONLY MAJOR U.S. CITY TO LOSE POPULATION FROM 2015 TO 2016

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Nearly $2 Billion Dollar Governor

By the numbers: The price and pain of no budget in Illinois

S&P, Moody’s Downgrade Illinois to Near Junk, Lowest Ever for a U.S. State

ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS ATTEMPT TO BAIL OUT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS YET AGAIN

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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.

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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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Episode 175: Enforce The Laws We Have

To enforce or not to enforce; that is the question.

Enforcing the laws we have may just be 90% of what we need to do to stop law-breaking. I have 2 examples to demonstrate that; a personal one from about 20 years ago, and an example from the government from last month.

Maybe we don’t actually have to build a wall. Maybe the wall just needs to be one of enforcement.

Let me know if you have other examples.

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Rio Grande Valley is unusually quiet as Southwest border crossings drop to lowest point in at least 17 years

Three Cheers for Sanctuary Cities

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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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Franken v Gorsuch

Last week, Senator Al Franken (D-SNL) questioned Judge Neil Gorsuch about a case from last year. And when I say “questioned”, I mean told Gorsuch what he thought he should have done. If you wanted to find out why Gorsuch ruled the way he did, you won’t find it in the 8-minute video below.

These hearings are trying to determine whether or not Gorsuch is qualified. Franken apparently thought they were all about him. Otherwise, why not let Gorsuch explain himself even once?

Worse, this  demonstrated a view of the judiciary that the Left has, which turns us into a nation, not of laws, but of the whims of whoever’s in power. You’d think that, in the age of Trump, they’d try to avoid that at all costs. Nope.

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Neil Gorsuch earns his Supreme Court seat

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