Summer Ends with A Whimper, Not a Bang
With Congress in recess, the President playing golf and
Europe on its extended August vacation, here are a few
thoughts that need to be spoken.
Canal – Monumental in Many
Traveling the New York State Thruway, possibly the nation’s most boring road, one is struck by the historic majesty of the
Erie Canal, which parallels the road. The Erie Canal
stands as a monument to what government can do, how it can transform the lives
of millions, and how it can help build an economic colossus. It is also a monument to the immigrant labor
that built it. Finally, it is a
monumental rebuke to Conservatives who hate government and claim that
government never ever created a single job.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a Canadian
This is not new, but apparently it is news to Mr. Cruz, a man who stands for the principle that Harvard Law grads are not the best and the brightest. Mr. Cruz was born in
Canada to an American mother, and this makes him
a U. S.
citizen, but he also has dual citizenship.
Mr. Cruz is revoking his Canadian citizenship, although most of the U. S. would be willing to pay Canada huge
sums to keep him.
Perpetual Campaign Mode – 2014 and 2016 Races Are On
Election campaigning is now a continual activity in the
United States. Ads are already running for the 2014
Congressional races, and the Republican Party has at least three de facto
declared candidates for 2016 in Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie. While all of this is entertaining, it makes
governing almost impossible.
Will Jeb Bush Run in 2016?
He wants to run, but is smart enough to know the toll it takes on his family and the question of whether or not the country can stomach another Bush in the White House is also on his mind.
The Fiscal Crisis is Now on the Fall TV Schedule - Consult Your Local
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The government runs out of spending authority on October 1. Some Republicans want to shut it down, partly on health care reform and partly on general principle. At this point it looks like there will not be a shutdown, and that radical Republicans will wait for the fight over the debt ceiling to attack, but trying to forecast the actions of irrational people is never a successful endeavor.
If Larry Summers is Named to Head the Fed
Then Mr. Obama will cement his reputation in economics as one of the least qualified Presidents ever in that area.
The Massive Investment in Health Care Facilities
Will Either Save America or Bankrupt It
Driving America's highways one is struck by the huge building spree that is taking place in hospitals and health care facilities. Even rural areas are constructing huge health care complexes. This will add enormously to the fixed costs of operating America's health care system. Given the increase in the elderly and the increasing complexity of treating disease these facilities may save the lives of many Americans. Or they may bankrupt the country. Or they may do both.
Talk Radio is Passionate, Right Wing and Wrong
Apparently one characteristic that conservatives all have is that they listen to a lot of radio. Conservatives dominate the airways, and no one, no matter how inimical they are to the ideas of conservatives cannot be struck by the passion of these commentators and their call in listeners. But no on cannot be struck by just how wrong these people are, how ill-informed, how illogical their arguments. The great tragedy is that this passion and commitment is not being used to improve the nation, but to divide it.
There is also the deep pessimism that pervades right wing talk radio. To listen to these preachers of hate and intolerance is to hear that the country is near total collapse, that it is doomed, that it will be destroyed by the wickedness of liberals, Democrats, environmentalist, gays and lesbians, abortion rights advocates and everyone else who does not completely subscribe to the hard line conservative view. Yes the nation has a myriad of problems, but for the vast majority the life they lead is the best in the world, the best in history and for the middle class the opportunity in the United States in unparalleled in history or in any other country. Conservatives charge that their enemies hate America, in actuality listening to them it is clear that they hate America.
The Most Scenic Interstate in the Eastern U. S.
It gets no publicity, but Interstate 26 between Erwin, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina must be not only an engineering marvel but the most beautiful stretch of superhighway east of the Rocky Mountains. Drive it, it is spectacular.