Brief comments on a garden variety of issues in the news....
Does the Constitution authorize the federal government to compel you -- or anyone -- to buy an electric toothbrush? What about a hula hoop? Rutabagas or Twinkies? A robotic vacuum cleaner? No? Then where do Congress and the Obamians get off saying the Constitution authorizes them to compel everyone to buy health insurance?
Pollsters at the Pew Research Center asked 1,500 adults to use one word to describe their current view of Congress, now with about a 25 percent approval rating -- "just the first word that comes to mind." The most frequently volunteered response: dysfunctional. Others with a strong frequency rating: corrupt, self-serving, self-centered, selfish, self-absorbed, inept, confused, incompetent, ineffective, lazy, bad, suck(s), crook(s), crooked, disappointing, gridlock, deadlock, idiots, idiotic, slow, mess, messed-up, messy, lousy, terrible, disorganized, unorganized, divided, good, not good, stupid, children, childish, childlike, do-nothing, failure, inadequate, greedy, joke, jokers, partisan, socialist, useless, worthless, bull(expletive), chaos, clowns, frustrating, horrible, inefficient, liberal, liars, money-hungry....
Newly-elected pols tend to do some good things, some bad. Among the more intelligent actions by Virginia's new governor, Bob McDonnell: he deleted from public employee health plans several million dollars in state funding for coverage of erectile dysfunction drugs.
A leading Iranian mullah has located the cause of "earthquakes" in the promiscuousness of "many women who do not dress modestly (and) lead young men astray." So should we dismiss, as well, the blandishments offered by similar Iranian lofties about their peaceful intentions for the nuclear weapons they are now (the CIA says) capable of building?
Andy Stern recently announced his retirement (after 14 years) as president of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), government's leading union by membership. Visitor logs released by the White House in October showed Stern to have visited 22 times in the first nine months of the administration, clearly making him a favored Obamian ideological soulmate. So the President has named Stern to a federal commission weighing how to reduce the fast-rising federal deficit. He's an apt choice, having told Congress he believes "we need more...deficit spending."
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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