Universal Health Care

This is what happens when we stop valuing individual life and only value group identity.

Man with Down’s Syndrome’s ‘cruel and horrific’ death after 19 days without food

This article from the UK strikes fear into the hearts of anyone who might become a burden, or has a loved one who might, under a Universal Health Care System (a.k.a Medicare for All). As soon as they can kill you, they will. No one will ever be held accountable.

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Quote of the Day

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
― Robert A Heinlein

“The Green New Deal” as extreme anchor

Too much ink has been spilled this week ridiculing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her minions’ proposal of “The Green New Deal.” Pundits and talk show hosts have pointed out the economic impossibility of the plan and what it would do to our economy and standard of living. I think what they are missing is that “The Green New Deal” is an extreme anchor. Let me explain.

Your teenage child is going out with friends on a Saturday night. You want him/her home by 10:00PM, they of course want to stay out until midnight like all the cool kids. So, at the start of the negotiation of what time they will be home you suggest and extreme anchor and say, “be home by 8:00PM.” Your teenager goes completely nuts and screams about how all the cool kids’ parents let them stay out until 12:00, etc. By suggesting 8:00PM you have completely changed the dynamic of the negotiation. Your teenager has completely given up on staying out until midnight and is now willing to take whatever they can get to stay out as long as you will let them. Now anything you suggest that is later than 8:00pm sound reasonable. In negotiating that is how an extreme anchor works. It makes anything short of what you originally suggested appear reasonable and a compromise.

This is why I believe “The Green New Deal” is an extreme anchor. Its supporters don’t really think they are going to get everything in “The Green New Deal,” but they will get some of it. What they are really trying to do is shift the country to the left. Anything they get will appear reasonable compared to what they say they want.

I suggest the Republicans try a similar tactic. They should make elimination of the Federal Income Tax and shrinking of the Federal government their party platform. They should list Federal agencies and programs they want to eliminate. This extreme anchor will drive the Democrats and the Media nuts, but anything less than their original plan will appear reasonable.

The Democratic Party hates men.

Being a heterosexual White Christian male, I’ve known for years that the Democratic Party hated me. They have made that clear time and time again. The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing drove that point home again. At what point will most men realize that the Democratic Party hates them?

He said, She said

I watched the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Initially, I found Dr. Ford’s testimony very credible. But when she couldn’t remember basic detail about her Grandmother funeral, an event that happened within the last 90 days, why I should trust her memory from 36 years ago.
I also, thought there were some unusual details to her story.

Below are some questions I would like to know the answer to:

    In high school, you abruptly leave a party without telling you best girlfriend, and yet the best girlfriend never asks why you left? That doesn’t sound like the high school I knew.
    Why are you just coming forward now? Judge Kavanaugh participated in a similar Senate hearing 12 years ago before being confirmed for his current judgeship, why didn’t she come forth then?

I believe every Democratic Senator asked for an FBI investigation. What should the FBI investigate? Dr. Ford was unable to remember on what date did the party took place, or who’s house it was at. Besides the guests mentioned by Dr. Ford, who don’t remember the party, who else was at the party? Can anyone corroborate Dr. Ford’s account?

I take issue with the description that this was an attempted rape. Based on what is described I would consider it at most, assault. I regret that Dr. Ford was so traumatized over it and I’m sympathetic to how it has impacted her life.

As a Southern Gentleman, there are rules of engagement when it comes to defending yourself against a woman. They limit how a Gentleman can respond to being attacked. I think these rules are necessary, but “always believe the Woman” is a naïve and reckless attitude. I was more open minded before the Duke Lacrosse episode and the UVA Fraternity story in Rolling Stone. When these happened, I believe there were calls to “always believe the Woman,” too. Those events did more damage than we realize.

In the end, if I were a member of the United States Senate, I would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. He has had a stellar career as a jurist and I do not consider the events described from his youth, enough to negate all the good things he has done as an adult. For me, teenage immaturity should not haunt an individual for all their life. I believe we destroy juvenile criminal records to give the adult a fresh start. I would apply the same standards here.

Through the eyes of CNN

During my travels in Europe, I’ve noticed that most hotels have a TV somewhere in the lobby. In my experience, that TV is tuned into CNN. If most Europeans get their impression of America and Americans from CNN, they are receiving a very distorted picture.

Quote of the Day

“Socialism is the Axe Body Spray of political ideologies: It never does what it claims to do, but people too young to know better keep buying it anyway.” Via Instapundit