While many were gawking at the ObamaCare train wreck, other things were happening. Herewith, briefs about some of them....
Follow-on stories to the passage of ObamaCare keep coming -- such as: (1) Headline: "Shortage of Doctors May Get Worse." (2) Page-one blurb: "Health-care law provisions expanding benefits for home-bound elderly and some others will likely cost more than expected, say analysts." (3) Item: Congressman Henry Waxman has ordered CEOs from several of the 3,500 companies offering retiree drug benefits to appear before him April 21 to explain why they now are taking write-downs based on how much ObamaCare will cost them.
President Obama, along with his fellow leftists, keeps on with the hardball and demonizing. The president has taunted Republicans in confrontational tones and -- in a recess appointment -- has named union lawyer Craig Becker to a seat on the National Labor Relations Board. And Congressman Waxman implies strongly that CEOs taking ObamaCare-driven write-downs are hardly less than malicious scum.
How far we have fallen. Remember "Honk if you love Jesus"? Given suggestions that Roman Catholicism's No. 1 earthly overseer -- Pope Benedict XVI -- may have been a player in cover-ups of priestly pederasty, placards displayed in London and New York are asking passing motorists to "Honk if the Pope should resign."
A debate rages over the administration's plans to cancel all NASA funding for manned missions to the moon. Buzz Aldrin, the second astronaut to walk on the moon, supports the cuts -- saying: "I think (Obama) made the right call" because it "puts America on track to perfect life support and other technologies that can be tested closer to home before embarking on more distant destinations in space." Harrison Schmitt, an astronaut on Apollo 17 -- the last manned flight to the moon -- disagrees.
Schmitt says Aldrin would trade "the moon for not going to Mars. Further, he would cede the moon, its resources and human settlement, to China, and leave Russia in control of our future access to Earth-orbit." And, concludes Schmitt: "Aldrin's characterization of the president's ([NASA) budget as a 'bold initiative' would be laughable if it did not represent such an abysmal lack of understanding of the consequences of this proposed retreat from American greatness."
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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