Thursday, August 17, 2017

Harris Charlottesville Poll

WNYC Harris Charlottesville Poll

"Nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) believe both sides are to the blame for violence in Charlottesville (vs. 39 percent who blame the white nationalists alone), lending credence to President Trump’s assertions this week. "

"The majority of Americans (54 percent) are either ‘not at all or not very satisfied' with how President Trump has responded to the Charlottesville protest. And 63 percent of Americans think The President should condemn white nationalists and other hate groups (among whites, 59% agree). And three-quarters of Americans believe the killing of Heather Heyer is an act of domestic terrorism."

Overall these results make sense to me...  Though it seems to me that:
  • Trump did condemn the White Nationalists on Monday.  Though he sent a mixed message on Tuesday when he tried to explain that both sides contributed to the violence and broke laws.
  • I am still on the fence regarding if the car incident was domestic terrorism or if the guy just lost it.  (terrorism defined: the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Use BMI with Care

On a much lighter topic... Or maybe heavier... :-)

Personally I like referencing the BMI chart, it is an easy and pretty accurate tool for the majority of people.  However the linked pieces do cover some exceptions that every one should be aware of.

Unfortunately even after losing 10+ lbs I am still at ~27 and unlikely to ever get back to a 25.  At 6" I would need to get down to ~185 Lbs.  I think I am pretty comfortable in the 195 to 200 range.

CNN: Calling BS on BMI
HN Using BMI Chart (chart below from there, touch to increase size)

Partisanship, Propaganda and Disinformation

A gift from Laurie:

Here is a post / link from K. Drum that I found interesting, maybe because it paints a picture or media consumption more favorable t the left. This will give you something new to argue against if it interests you. a link is provided to the full report if you don't like Drum's brief summary.

Fake News: It’s Mostly a Right-Wing Phenomenon

Harvard Report

I'll need to study it in more detail later. I do agree that folks on the Right and Far Right do have a hard time with the big picture and conflicting views. I mean their willingness to watch FOX News pretty well proves it.

Though it may be statistically significant, I sure don't think they have a monopoly on it. I can pretty much guarantee what my Liberal FB friends will post on, and it is not an unbiased middle of the road link.

As for the Trump vs Clinton coverage, I am curious if they counted all the media coverage of Trump's outrageous claims as discussing the issues... Like when Trump said Mexicans were murderers and rapists... The news gave him all kinds of negative coverage...  Now was that counted as discussing immigration or ripping on Trump?

Stereotyping and Prejudice

In the G2A Unite the Right post we have been discussing who was at the rally and why. Especially after Trump doubled down on his belief that both sides were responsible for the escalation. Here is some of the discussion.
"So you are all absolutely certain that every protester there was a neo-nazi, skin head, racist? Source please. It just seems to me that you are dehumanizing them, just as you accuse them of doing." G2A

"OK, let's assume that a person felt that from a purely historical standpoint that the statue should stay and said person was not racist or antisemitic. If you show up and see that the march isn't a bunch of like-minded folks, but rather a bunch of neo-Nazis, why do you stay around and join with them? Who says, "Hey, I bet these dudes with swastikas and yelling the n-word and talking baout how Jews control everything are just the right people to help make sure the Confederate status stays up?" Sean

"There is no way an intelligent, non racist person should / would join that rally with neo nazis and the KKK. If one joins them they share in the blame for their views and actions. The racist views were central to this demonstration and not from some tiny faction. Someone could take their deep love of confederate history and write a letter to the editor about don't remove the statue." Laurie
Then I provided some links that explained the diversity of groups that were gathered in town that day.
DP Unite the Right Attracts More Radical Attention
NPR Collection of Groups
SLPC Bickering Galore

Now apparently the Liberal logic is that if you choose to join a broad scoped protest...  You are now officially part of the worst faction who participated in the protest...  So with this in mind, does that mean that Liberals who participate in a protest where folks from Antifa show up in black masks and break stuff are now full fledge supporters of political violence?

I will never understand the desire by both the far Left and far Right to Stereotype groups and be Prejudiced...  :-(

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Centrist Health Care

I am just putting this here because it fell of the front page at MinnPost and comments were occurring until now. MP Centrist Health Care  On second thought I chose to bring Sean and my discussion here...  No sense waiting for their Moderation.
"The problems of the Medicare reimbursement rate can be solved. In fact, Maryland has taken a couple of critical steps to solving it. First, they have an "all-payer" model, where all third-party payers (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance) pay the same rate for the same service. The rates are typically higher than Medicare/Medicaid, and lower than private insurance rates from before the reform. This has been combined with initial steps to move beyond a fee-for-service model by capping hospital revenue on a per capita basis." Sean

"It will be interesting to watch... Maryland Plan  Do you know if all hospitals and Doctors have to accept that one rate?" G2A

"If they are accepting third-party payments, yes. If the individual is paying out of pocket, then the provider is free to charge whatever rate they see fit." Sean

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How to Deal with Rising Oceans

I thought this was an interesting concept...
CNN Tech Dutch Test Floating Islands
Wiki Off Shore Wind Farms

And just think how easy it will be for rich people to set up their own exclusive island country with it's own laws...  They can just have it built in the future. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unite The Right and Opponents

Sean asked... "Are you enjoying the "economic anxiety" rallies going on in Virginia? "  My google search took me hear...  CNN Unite the Right  Is this what you are talking about?

If so I guess my answer is that it takes 2 to fight...  My guess is that the Far Left folks will out number them and cause most of the problems.  I am also against taking down so many historical statues just because they are politically incorrect.  Kind of like the silly people who a going to rename Lake Calhoun to something people can not pronounce.

MN ESSA Feedback Request

From Jerry:
MDE has asked for public comment on a tediously long and politically correct document, full of high-sounding words and woefully short on real substance. I predict 10 more years of education failure in MN. See what you think. MN DOE Asks for ESSA Plan Feedback
Of course I went immediately to the ESSA Accountability Document, which is long and full of words.  Unfortunately as I often say, I just don't see accountability improving until Education MN and the Public School bureaucrats are willing to truly change the system...  Which unfortunately for the unlucky kids is not likely to happen anytime soon.

History of Gerrymandering

Eric explains the history and significance of gerrymandering in this MP post.  And he details a case in Wisc that is pending.  It and the comments are somewhat interesting. Thoughts?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Balance of Power

I really wonder if Trump will ever figure out that he is not the Boss?  I wonder if this is how he treated potential customers and business partners when he was trying to make a deal?

CNN Trump Just Picked a Dumb Fight with McConnell
VOX Trump Tweets McConnell Should Back to Work
FOX Trump Blasts McConnell

Let's think, McConnell is 75 years old, just got elected for 6 years and reports to the People of Kentucky.  Why again should he care about taunts from a petulant youngster?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fixing Income Inequality

From Laurie

I am going to stick to the topic about jobs and wages with a K Drum link about wages:
Chart of the Day: Middle Class Incomes vs. the Rich, 1946-2014

I believe the median income should go up and the super rich should pay more taxes. We could use some tax revenue for infrastructure which would help middle class jobs.

Can't decide what to add about education subtopic except educating low income ELL (learning English) students is very difficult.

from NYT piece Drum Links:
Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

"It’s true that the country can’t magically return to the 1950s and 1960s (nor would we want to, all things considered). Economic growth was faster in those decades than we can reasonably expect today. Yet there is nothing natural about the distribution of today’s growth — the fact that our economic bounty flows overwhelmingly to a small share of the population.

Different policies could produce a different outcome. My list would start with a tax code that does less to favor the affluent, a better-functioning education system, more bargaining power for workers and less tolerance for corporate consolidation.

Remarkably, President Trump and the Republican leaders in Congress are trying to go in the other direction. They spent months trying to take away health insurance from millions of middle-class and poor families. Their initial tax-reform plans would reduce taxes for the rich much more than for everyone else. And they want to cut spending on schools, even though education is the single best way to improve middle-class living standards over the long term.

Most Americans would look at these charts and conclude that inequality is out of control. The president, on the other hand, seems to think that inequality isn’t big enough."

Monday, August 7, 2017

How are Jobs and Wages Doing?

As Trump claims that he is making a big difference...  I find the following links and quote interesting.

CNN We Still Have Jobs Problem
CNN Money How is the Economy
Politico Jobs Growth at 1 Million

"The pattern of job growth in 2017 remains essentially the same as in 2016. According to the Labor Department, an average of 184,000 jobs per month have been created this year, compared to 187,000 in 2016. If you eliminate January, when President Barack Obama was still in office, the monthly average is a somewhat lower 179,000.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) called the report “solid” and said, “Our economy is making steady progress with more people entering the labor force and continued job creation.” But he cautioned that the report “also shows too many Americans are still having a hard time finding good-paying jobs, getting a raise, and providing for their families.” " Politico Piece

A Centrist Health Plan

Apparently Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (moderate Democrat) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (moderate Republican) made an interesting pitch on "Face the Nation" Sunday.  Eric at MP discusses it here.

Unfortunately with so many citizens living in their Far Left or Far Right bubbles...  I really do not know how this would happen...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Can DFL Reconnect with Rural / Outer Burbs

This MP Post discusses one of my favorite topics. Here is the first comment I left here.
"I agree with Karen:
Matt, I keep hearing that the Democratic Party is supposed to be open to people with different views, and yet your response seems more typical. Apparently Democratic politicians need to comply with your views on social issues our they don't count. 
It seems to me that the Democratic and Republican politicians have the same problem... They are focusing on their further Left and further Right party members, and therefore losing the votes of those who live in the middle. 
The good news is that more moderate folks like myself will have greater impact in future elections. The down side though is that who ever wins always wants to take a hard left or right..." G2A

On Vacation. Again...

Now isn't Trump the guy who said he would have no time for vacations because he would be too busy working for us citizens?

Didn't he also criticize Obama for taking too much vacation and playing too much golf?

Now it turns out Trump is the guy spending a LOT more time on vacations and golf.  Not to mention the huge amount more his travel and security is costing us citizens.  I truly wonder sometimes if Trump feels any regret for all the lies he spews forth?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Grading Immigrants

I personally am fine with scoring immigrants and prioritizing the entry of the ones that will make America great...  And since there is no shortage of English speaking workers from most countries who would love to move there.  The CNN reporter was just being silly.

My thoughts from Beijing...

Friday, July 28, 2017

Healthcare Repeal Stalled

Let's hope the politicians stop playing partisan games now and start working to improve ACA...  Probably won't happen, but I can dream.

CNN ACA Repeal Effort Fails

The skinny bill would have been foolish, since it would have:
  • Removed the mandates
  • Removed funding sources
  • And not cut the expenses significantly
In other words it would have been a disaster.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Who Would Want to Work for Trump?

After watching how Trump is treating Sessions, I really am curious why anyone in their right mind would want to work for Trump?

I mean it is hard enough to put up with a boss like him when he treats you like that in the privacy of their office.  But to put up with a boss who rips you a new one in front of everyone in the whole world...

And then it looks like Rex Tillerson may have had enough of Trump's antics.  And given that he is ~65 years old and worth ~$245 million... Why should he?

CNN Trump - Sessions Soap Opera
VOX Why Trump Suddenly Hates HIS AG
Fox News Trump Leaves Session Dangling
CNN Chill Emanating from the WH

GOP Senators Pass First Hurdle

Well they just got off the starting line...  It seems to me they should spending less time on this and more time on taxes, budgets, etc.  Thoughts?

MP Would Stalemate Bring DEMs and GOPers Together

CNN Senators Advance Bill
CNN Boehner's Thoughts
Fox News McCain Comments
VOX What Happens Next
VOX DEM Game Plan

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dayton and The Estate Tax

Apparently Dayton wants to re-negotiate the estate tax change amongst other things. MPR Dayton Veto Now I think MN should get rid of their estate tax since they are one of the few states that have one. Therefore it encourages many wealthy households to relocate out of this State.

And yet I get so frustrated when Conservatives say things like this. "Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, chair of the House Taxes Committee, describes the estate tax as "not very Minnesota nice." People who already pay taxes on their wealth should not be hit again when they die, he added. "I want to work every day to try and raise those numbers so more families can keep more of what their mothers and fathers and grandfathers and grandmothers have earned."

The strange thing from what I understand is that dying is one good way to ensure you do not pay your capital gains taxes.
"Much of the money that wealthy heirs inherit would never face any taxation were it not for the estate tax. In fact, that’s one reason why policymakers created the estate tax in 1916: to serve as a backstop to the income tax, taxing the income of wealthy taxpayers that would otherwise go completely untaxed.

Under the current tax system, capital gains tax is due on the appreciation of assets, such as real estate, stock, or an art collection, only when the owner “realizes” the gain (usually by selling the asset). Therefore, the increase in the value of an asset is never subject to income tax if the owner holds on to the asset until death.

These unrealized capital gains account for a significant proportion of the assets held by estates — ranging from 32 percent for estates worth between $5 million and $10 million to as much as about 55 percent of the value of estates worth more than $100 million. (See Figure 4.)

The estate tax also serves as a modest corrective to other tax rules that provide massive tax benefits to income from wealth, such as the fact that capital gains are taxed at lower rates than wages and salaries. The top 0.1 percent of taxpayers — those with incomes above $3.1 million — will receive 56 percent of the benefit of the preferential capital gains rates in 2017, worth more than $600,000 apiece. Other tax rules allow part of the income of the very wealthiest to go completely untaxed, even with the estate tax.

Since the estate tax serves, in part, to tax capital gains that have not otherwise been taxed, some people have proposed taxing estates at the top capital gains rate, currently 23.8 percent. This argument is flawed: the capital gains tax rates typically apply to nearly all capital gains income, whereas the estate tax applies only to the part of an estate that exceeds the exemption level. (The estate tax’s average effective rate of 17 percent in 2017 is below the capital gains rate.) "

Friday, July 21, 2017

Buy American or Not

Since you know that I think many of the challenges American workers face are self inflicted by our limitless consumer desire for the low cost best stuff.

I mean many Americans want the lowest cost, highest feature, highest quality, best performing , etc products and services, and don't care where that money goes as long as they save a few bucks and get their dream product / service.

While at the same time insisting that American workers should be paid.  Which of course is kind of insane.

 I find Trump's Buy American pitch promising, though I think he and his company should start putting their money where their mouth is.

WH List of Accomplishments
CNN Trump Promotes Buy American while Mar-a-Lago Seeks Foreign Workers
WAPO Buy American
Reuters Allowing More Seasonal Workers While Pushing Buy American
WAPO Trump Products are Made Where

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Judge Rules Against Dayton Veto

Briana does a good job of detailing this topic.  MP Judge Rules

Personally I think it is the silliest thing Dayton has done.  Next year we will hear that the GOP legislature has defunded the Courts and the Governor. :-)

Trump's Strange Conflict of Interest Concept

Fox Trump Interview
CNN Trump Interview
VOX Trump Interview

Well the above pieces pretty much support Hiram's comments from the Trump Jr post... Trump seems to think that he is appointing personal employees who should put his wants first, when he is actually appointing government employees who's job is to put our people and the law first. Inside his head must be a very strange place.
"Crimes are statutory things and the criminal statutes are published on the internet. Generally speaking, the criminal law doesn't speak of "collusion", the legal term of art is "conspiracy". Conspiracy is pretty much the same in terms of penalty as the crime itself. 
In terms of right to know, Trump has a basic problem. For the first time in his life perhaps, Donald Trump is an employee. In this new and unfamiliar role, Trump hasn't seemed to grasp that his scope for keeping secrets from the people he works for is highly limited. Nor does he seem to understand that there isn't anybody around him who is under any personal obligation to keep his secrets for him.  
Trump gives every appearance of thinking "leaking" is illegal, which it hardly ever is. Anyone, both inside and the outside of the White House in this free country is free to give their version of events to any reporter that person chooses to. In Trump's business world he prevented that by making everyone sign confidentiality agreements. Nobody he works with now has signed such an agreement." Hiram 
"Agreed. That is why Trump had Comey fired.
Comey was a centrist who worked for the USA.
Trump wants people that are "loyal to him".
Of course that is hard to find in a Public Institution." G2A 
"Trump fired Comey because Comey was pressing the Russian investigation.
Trump still thinks in terms of loyalty. He is mad at some Republican senators because they weren't loyal. He really hasn't figured out that members of Congress don't work for him. His desire for loyalty helps to explain the nepotism, the need he feels to surround himself with family members".--Hiram

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Basic Income to End Poverty

Since the basic income concept intrigues some folks, here is an interesting piece on it.
VOX A Basic Income
The Hill Zuckerberg

I am not sold on it by any means, but am open to the concept if it eliminates all these different welfare programs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Child Protection Struggles

Here is a worthwhile read.  MP CPS Struggles  Maybe I am sensitive to the topic after listening to NPR Reveal No Where to Run on the way home from the lake on Sunday.

Of course while these folks are concerned about how to raise funding and resources to manage the growing case load...  I am more interested in how we as a society can prevent these dysfunctional  Baby Mamas and Papas from having / keeping kids in the first place.


Police Racial Bias

Where are all the Protesters...  I mean a Black Police Officer shot a White Woman...  Isn't this another case of racial profiling?  Or is it simply a reality that sometimes really terrible things happen to good people.

VOX Australians React
CNN What We Know and Do Not Know

Do you think the BLM folks will protest until the Black officer is thrown in jail?

GOP Healthcare Unravel

This opinion piece is interesting. CNN 7 Uncomfortable Truths

And Trump's response... FOX Let's Repeal Obamacare...

I think practically that is the only way we could get both sides talking about something better...  But I think that uncertainty would be devastating for patients, healthcare systems and the insurance industry.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trump Approval: How Low Can It Go?

It seems only the Trump true believers still believe, and I would think many of them would be frustrated with his lack of progress.  Though it seems nothing sticks to him in their eyes.

I have heard the True Believers blame Paul Ryan, the obstructionist DEMs, the moderate Republicans, the lying media, etc.  However rarely do I hear them blame Trump for his leadership and communication failures.  It simply amazes me...

It is like they have attached so much of their pride and hopes to him that they can not acknowledge his failures, without harming themselves. I am sure there is some psychological term for this.

CNN Trump Approval at Record Lows
RCP Trump Approval / Disapproval
The Hill Trump Approval at Record Low
Heroes and Villains

Climate, RCPs and Forecasts

Jerry is confusing me again... So here we go:
"The IPCC uses four different "Representative Concentration Pathways," (replacing the complex set of "scenarios" i.e. assumptions about what the future will bring) as far as human emissions are concerned. They make assumptions about population, economic growth, energy requirements and production, "carbon intensity" of that energy, etc. LOTS of assumptions, and put them in 4 general categories: RCP 8.5, 6.0, 4.5, and 2.6. [as I understand it, named after the "old" predictions of temperature rise for each] The 100-year warming predicted, based on those RCPs, range from 0.3 to 4.8 degrees C. [You see why I say their predictive value is worthless?] They then have a "standard" computer tool called MAGICC, which quickly calculates the results of any change to basic parameters, rather than run thousands of hours of computer calculations.

Read Lomborg's paper and you find that he used RCP 8.5 (the "business as usual" scenario) and MAGICC to get his answers, the same thing other researchers have done, and achieved the same result-- that Paris doesn't matter because human CO2 is relatively insignificant, as I have shown using very simple math. You can do it with the lower emissions scenarios-- 6.0, etc.-- but of course the impact of adding Paris is even smaller.

You simply have to get to the point where you believe the actual math rather than the hyperventilating politicians with vested interests in keeping this scare going. Even some of them will very quietly admit that Paris "doesn't do much" by itself and that "much more is needed" to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees (an increase many consider beneficial). Why should that be, when the average of the 100-year climate models is now 2.5 degrees and falling (because of better understanding of "climate sensitivity," for one thing), and is still above simple projections of the historical record?" Jerry
Now what one has to remember is that this Lomborg is a Political Science major who has been dubbed dishonest and unqualified.  Here is a description of the RCPs and the graphed results.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baby Charlie Gard

This is a fascinating story and I am sure happy that I am not the judge.  I hoper he is as wise as King Solomon.
  • Does society let the Parents turn their son into a lab rat?
  • Does society let the Baby die by removing life support?
  • How much is society willing to spend on 1 genetically flawed baby as others normal babies and children die needlessly?
  • Other?
CNN Charlie Gard Update

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump Jr's Problems

We have discussed this elsewhere... But I thought you would like a actual related post.

FOX News Trump Jr Emails
CNN Trump... "I Know Nothing!!!  Channeling Sgt Schultz...
VOX We Are Beyond Innocent Explanations

Here are the last 2 comments from "elsewhere".

"It definitely does sound like juicy political intrigue, I wonder if any of it was illegal? I guess we will see what Mueller's investigation determines.

Kind of like we did when Clinton purposefully kept her business emails off the business server for questionable reasons.

I keep thinking I will be reusing the old Clinton post title with a new set of names...

"Trump Etal is Irresponsible / Negligent, Not Criminal"

I agree that the Trump etal folks are worse than Clinton, I just don't where illegal starts for Private citizens meeting with foreign parties." G2A

Campaign finance law prohibits the soliciting, accepting, or receiving contributions or donations -- which include in-kind contributions such as research -- from a foreign national.

If there's more where this came from, there could also be (at minimum) a conspiracy case related to election fraud. " Sean

More on Minimum Wage Increases

This is actually a pretty good piece on FOX News regarding Min Wage Increases across the country.

It is interesting how results and analysis varies.

Monday, July 10, 2017

More on Climate Change

From Laurie:
"Nothing I read lately on healthcare interests me enough to share or comment, but something I read on climate change does. There is this from K.Drum:

Our Approach to Climate Change Isn’t Working. Let’s Try Something Else.

I don't have the energy right now to read the Doom's day link Drum's post references. But here it is for people here to also ignore, as this topic never gets much interest here except from Jerry:

The Uninhabitable Earth Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

Jerry: Reduce Healthcare Costs, Maintain Quality

From G2A Who Demands Compliance Jerry said
"Healthcare requires money. Well said, but it makes the glaringly erroneous assumption that the only way to deliver health care is exactly the way it is done today. As I've said before, four changes would reduce our total costs by about 50% without affecting quality. So should we NOT do those things, just because we might be able to lower taxes for somebody? I'm not understanding the reasoning, here. It looks like an attempt to keep a political argument alive, regardless of what the "right thing to do" might be. " Jerry
I asked him to provide them and here are the answers.
"Actually, they aren't mine; they come from a Mayo study many years ago. They are:
  1. Eliminate first dollar coverage. Every use of the system costs /something/ (a copay, IOW). 
  2. Eliminate fee-for-service. This is the big one. Rather than doing what is the quickest and best treatment, doctors are led to do what pays the best or, more likely, to add on something unnecessary just to cover their costs.
  3. Eliminate third-party payers. Forget single-payer. Everybody pays their own fees or buys insurance on their own. If they get a stipend or a tax credit to do so, that's their own affair. 
  4. Eliminate defensive medicine. The malpractice system is out of control and drives up costs, not directly, but indirectly.
To that we should add, now, deregulation of the health insurance industry. If I want, I should be able to buy a "catastrophic only" policy, or open an HSA or "prepaid care account," without government telling me I can't. 
"We just have a whole lot of well paid people in the system." G2A
"And yet that marketplace is badly distorted by government regulation. Medicare tells doctors they can only get, say, $250 for an appendectomy (I have no idea, but) the doctor doesn't make a penny unless he charges at least $500. So he makes it up somewhere else or refuses to do it. If the doctor could charge, say $550, he might get "rich," but do we really want to hire the low-cost bidder for something like that?  
And by law, all insurance companies in Minnesota are "non-profit." Why would anybody get into that business?
In fact, the whole idea seems illogical to me. If we had a free (or mostly free) market in health care, prices would be set by the millions of individual choices and implicit contracts made between providers and patients-- sellers and buyers. The best and/or scarcest goods and services would make those providers "rich" and everybody else would enter the market at the point where they saw a beneficial exchange, or exit the business for lack of business. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. " Jerry

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why GOP Healthcare Plan is Struggling

I find this an interesting piece. CNN Why the GOP Healthcare Message is Floundering I find it fascinating that Trump's promises are one of the reasons.

"Congressional GOP messaging about what the final product would deliver ran up most rudely not against Democrats' objections, or protesters at town hall meetings, but the most powerful Republican of them all: the President. Throughout his campaign, Trump promised, vaguely but consistently, that his health care plan would cover more people and -- crucially now -- not mess with Medicaid. 
"We're going to have insurance for everybody," he told The Washington Post days before taking office in January. "There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us." 
The realities of governing -- and doing it in concert with Republican lawmakers -- always suggested otherwise, and the House negotiations illustrated that it was plainly impossible. Not long after celebrating the House bill's passage alongside Ryan and the GOP conference, Trump doubled back to describe the legislation as "mean.""
So is WP / CNN making this up, was Trump lying or is Trump not too smart.  I think it is a combination of the last two.  I mean they have the source identified on this one.

CNN Opinion: What GOP / DEM Compromise
CNN Money: Most GOPers Like Medicaid

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Who Demands Compliance? DEM or GOP

I find these comments interesting. MP CBO Score
"You don't get it---your definition of what a "good citizen" is and what "successful" is are not the same as most of the people here. Your definitions seem to be mostly centered around money and money accumulation as the main measure of worth of a person. Further, the idea that your definitions of those terms is how you want to divide society into the "deserving" and "undeserving" columns is unpalatable to those same people." Neal

"What's interesting is the idea that the function of Government in a democracy is to "herd" citizens. Again, your problem is that your notions of capability, responsibility, and self sufficiency are not universally accepted. I keep saying one of the primary characteristics of the reactionary conservative mindset is a rejection of democratic society on a basic level. For all their chatter about individual rights and responsibilities at the end of the day the Republican agenda isn't about participating in the democratic process, it's about capturing the levers of government and using them to force everyone into compliance." Paul

"What does it reveal about Republican preferences? What it reveals about their character and moral fiber is more to the point." Steven

I'd say that the key attribute to their character is an overwhelming desire for conformity to a rigid "moral" standard for which they have christened themselves as the final arbitrator. Their preference is authoritarian in nature and punitive to anyone that doesn't fit their definition of what a productive member of society is." Ian

"I wish I'd written that. Can I copy it and just paste in the future whenever this discussion arises? :)" Paul
What I find fascinating is the Liberal belief that the GOP is trying to "punish people into compliance" somehow by "not giving them free stuff and services" that is paid for with additional taxes on other citizens that are required to be paid?

Now I do understand the concept of expressing one's displeasure with a Spouse by withholding sex, conversation, etc.  Or punishing a child by taking away a toy that they enjoy or putting them in time out.

But the idea that the GOP is trying to force people to be good citizens by withholding freebies, and  allowing them to experience the natural consequences of their poor choices seems silly to me.

By the way, I asked them for their definition of a good citizen and got no response.
"What is your definition?  Mine is centered around what is good for the USA (ie our society):
  • Makes good use of society's investment in their education. (ie graduates HS and is proficient academically)
  • Obeys the laws of our country (ie drugs, immigration, other)
  • Gets financially stable before having children, only has the number of children they are capable of caring for themselves. (ie don't require additional investment from society)
  • Both Parents are actively involved in the support and raising of the children. Ensure kids are fed, learn and mature to become good citizens.
  • Continues life long learning, works, volunteers, gives to charity, etc to help themselves and our country be all we can be.
 Do these seem unrealistic? Rationale?" G2A
If anything it seems to me that the Liberals are trying to force American citizens to comply with their beliefs regarding what a "good citizen" is...  Unfortunately they seem to have only one requirement:
  •  If you learn, work, save, invest and are financially successful, you shall pay a high tax rate to give a cut of your wealth to others who made different choices. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

FOX Viewers Misunderstand

After ~4 days at the lake checking in on FOX News shows like The FIVE occasionally.  I totally understand how people who watch that stuff on a regular basis have been indoctrinated into a paranoid state of mind where NPR's simple regular communication confused them.  NPR Declaration Of Independence Misunderstanding

I  mean the hosts of the FOX News shows spend most of their time preaching what their viewers want to hear..
  • All other news outlets are in collusion against Trump and Conservatives
  • In doing so they lie and are unethical / unprofessional.
  • Trump is an honest and unfairly maligned hero of the people
  • Trump is accomplishing many important things
Then I turn on NPR, CNN, etc and they actually talk about more news than just politics... Thoughts?

Friday, June 30, 2017

We Want to Pay More Taxes? Who is We?

In Just Keep Raising Taxes, Moose broached the subject that Liberals are happy to pay more in taxes to give everyone tax payer funded healthcare. In MP CBO Projections, Paul brought a very similar idea up.
"Yeah, liberals can be as adamant about our values as anyone else, don't expect us to apologize for that, but when other people fail our test as decent human beings and good citizens, we still want them to be well, and have health care, and security, and prosperity, even if we have to help pay for it." Paul 
"Who is we in "even if we have to help pay for it." I am guessing that few of the commenters here are in tax brackets we are talking about. So what you are really saying is We still want them to be well, and have health care, and security, and prosperity, even if "the successful" have to help pay for it." G2A
Yeah. That's exactly what I'm saying. Was I unclear about that?" Paul
Now there is a lot more over on MP, however this is the important concept that I want to discuss:
  • So the Total Governem\ent Spend is ~7 Trillion Dollars
  • And there are about 320 million people in the country
  • So the spend per citizen is about $21,875 per citizen
  • My point is that people in the 10% and 15% tax brackets are likely just paying their fair share government cost. 
  • The reality as Hiram often says, the successful folks are paying our country's bills because they have the money to do so.
  • So the reality is that the middle class folks kind of pay their own way, and the successful people pay their share of the government spend, the share for the unsuccessful and they pay for most of the welfare, medicare, etc.
Now I am okay with the wealthy paying more since they have benefited more from being in our great country.  However the idea of Paul saying that "we" are willing to pay more is fraudulent. I am pretty sure he would freak if we raised taxes on the middle class so that it could be given to the poor.

So who is this "WE" that Moose and Paul feel should be more generous?
Is it themselves?  Or do they want rob Peter?  Thoughts?

Along those lines, "I" wanted to help some struggling people in the West Metro.  So "I and the Mrs" wrote a check to PRISM last week.  I always wonder what folks like Moose, Paul, etc do to actually help the unsuccessful folks. I mean other than sit on a blog saying that "someone" should be a better Christian and do something...

Is Melania a Hypocrite?

Now we are learning that Trump does not have the basic self control that most of us do.  He is somewhat like a child who immediately feels the need to retaliate in the most immature of "cyber bullying" ways when people disagree with him or if he feels slighted.

Of course this has left poor Melania in a very unfortunate position.  Her chosen pet project as the First Lady was to go after cyber bulling because it is so cruel...  And now she is having to turn a blind eye to the behaviors of her own husband, and worse yet she has to talk out of the other side of her mouth to defend him.

I assume this is part of the arrangement for a trophy wife like herself, but it certainly can not be very enjoyable to have it played out in public.  I have to wonder, has a President ever been divorced by the First Lady while he is in office.  Now that would be an interesting twist.  And Trump would probably replace her with another model before the end of his term. Thoughts?

CNN Melania: Against Cyber Bullying but Ok with Trump Tweets
USA Today: Melania Against Cyber Bullying
HP Trump Tweets and Melania's Platform
Fox News: Tweets Hurting Agenda

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Need to Address Climate Before 2020

Laurie said...
Arguments here about poverty and the safety net never go anywhere so I am going off topic. My number one issue is really related to the environment. As half a bible verse says "The poor you will always have with you" but the time to address climate change is now. 50 years and even 5 years from now will be too late.

These experts say we have until 2020 to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists.

Of course I find this humorous since we often get stuck on climate change also...

How to improve ACA (throw out water and not the baby)

Sam does a good job of reviewing options and topics at MinnPost How to Improve ACA.  Much of it seemed aligned with Sean's: How to Improve ACA. Some more links:

HBR Improve ACANew Yorker Improve ACANYT Improve ACA

By the way, I am still participating on the comments at MP CBO Score.  They have headed in much the same direction as ours have here...  Cameron left the following.
It comes down to empathy or a lack of empathy Kayla Chadwick, a Huffington Post contributor summed it up well.  "I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters."
Which sounds very similar to our Just Keep Raising Taxes discussion.

On the Lighter side... Comic 1Comic 2,  Comic 3, Comic 4

How to Save $1 Trillion on Healthcare

This opinion piece caught my eye...
CNN USA Can Save $1 Trillion and Get Better Care

Of course it will only cost us our capitalistic system and require us to cede a lot of the industry control to the politicians and bureaucrats...  Thoughts?

And some more opinion pieces...
CNN Why US Healthcare Cost Defy Common Sense
CNN GOP Failure on Healthcare could be a Win
CNN Healthcare History

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just Keep Raising Taxes

A Gift from Moose:
"I came across this editorial today, and I sums up rather well what I have tried to say here on your blog and why we butt heads on most topics here...particularly the following:

"If I have to pay a little more with each paycheck to ensure my fellow Americans can access health care? SIGN ME UP. Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged."

Liberal Progressive Mindset"

Which reminds me of this Sojourner Piece... Have We Forgotten the Point of Christianity... And here is an exchange we had on FB...

"Christianity is also about charity and giving, not tax and spend. It interesting how some want to help others as long as others are paying for it. I have my usual questions: as a country we already take in ~1 million legal immigrants and refugees per year, we have many people from South America who have needs and are closer, and we have many people millions of people with poor household incomes in the USA. How many of the worlds 5 billion struggling humans do you want to bring in ? What will they do to earn and living? How will this impact our low income workers who are already struggling? I think people who are concerned should be more charitable and help others while they work to improve their own country." G2A

"As usual, your arguments aren't really about the exercise of faith, but about politics." FB1

"My exercising my faith means that I give to charity and help people that I interact with. It is you and the author who want to politicize faith to force people to do what you believe is moral. Instead of asking people to give, pray, volunteer, etc... The author is promoting using our government to tax and fund per his priorities. It reminds me of when the religious right tries to use the government to prevent homosexual activities and abortions." G2A

"Strange, I didn't read that." FB1

" I think his final paragraphs make the point well. So when we’re confronted with national questions regarding refugees, immigrants, racism, national security, the economy, and social justice issues, we must remind ourselves of the old adage: “What Would Jesus Do?” because we already know what he did, and it’s our responsibility to do the exact same thing. God help us.

So back to my questions... Any answers?" G2A

"Nope" FB1
I mean the Liberal Progressive philosophy sounds so simple and perfect. If we just give everyone every thing they need they will be motivated, happy, knowledgeable and work hard to improve and perpetuate our society.  Kind of like living with the 7 dwarves.

That is until the cold light of reality illuminates it's flaws. I mean for 100+ years we have been increasing our taxes big time and giving more care, food, education, housing and healthcare than ever in history.  And what do we have to show for it...  More single parent households than ever, a huge academic achievement gap, people who keep themselves trapped in generational poverty, violent crime in the streets, etc.  I don't think I am excited to double down on the "war on poverty" given how disastrous the first round was...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Who Will Work the Fields?

From Laurie.
"There is no recent topic on illegal immigration so I will post my link here:

Trump’s Crackdown on Immigration Is Terrible News for Anyone Who Eats Food

Seems to me widespread deportation is a bad idea. I am in favor of small scale selective deportation. Deporting people who are serious criminals seems like the way to go to me."

Heroin Deaths in MN

A gift from Sean.  I moved it from Neither Party Cares Comment String
"Let's hop in the time machine back to the 1980s, when the crack epidemic was at its peak. What was our society's response? We militarized our police forces (urban and rural). We started high-intensity police patrols that used "broken windows" policing strategies that in many places (like Ferguson, for instance) turned poor black folks into an ATM for local government. We instituted mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses, and we treated drug addiction like a crime instead of a disease. Deaths from crack and powder cocaine combined peaked at about 3,000 in the late-1980s.

Today, we have an opioid epidemic that killed more than 50,000 last year. How are we responding to that crisis?

I'd like to think that the reason we're responding differently to opioids is because we've learned from the damage we did to communities 30 years ago. But I fear it's not that at all. Because we sure didn't see gauzy stories like this from local news channels about those impacted by crack back in the day:

KARE: Minnesota families grieving the toll of heroin "

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sean's Healthcare Improvement Plan

I was looking back at the G2A Nolan Diagram post for something and saw the following comment from Sean. I am not sure if I ever posted it for discussion, so here goes.
"Sean, If I remember correctly it was something like the German system. Correct?" G2A
"No. I think you can make some changes to the ACA to make it work much better. Here are four such changes that could make an impact right away:
  • I would extend the subsidies beyond their current cutoff point to limit some of the impact on those who are being impacted by the rising individual market premiums. The current cutoff point is around $90,000 income for a family of 4, I would extend that up to $250,000 with the subsidies having less value the further you move up the scale.
  • I would increase penalties on those who choose to go uninsured, or alternatively, institute automatic enrollment in Medicaid or a public option (see below).
  • I would institute a public option (allow people to buy into Medicaid or Medicare) at first in areas where there is only one private insurance option and to cover those who don't purchase insurance on their own if automatic enrollment were selected.
  • I would reinstate risk corridor payments in areas where there are low amounts of competition." Sean

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Neither Party Cares About Helping Poor People

CNN Kasich Says Neither Party Cares about Helping Poor People

I keep liking this guy more and more.

"You look at the rates of poverty, the problems in this country. We have not designed a system to get people work. Everything we're talking about now — getting people healthy, giving them health care — is designed to get them to work. It's designed to give them an opportunity to have a better life.

"And maybe this is a signal that instead of people just confessing their loyalty to one party or the other, maybe they ought to be confessing their loyalty to the country," Kasich said, adding that political leaders need to stand up and say what they think about things regardless of potential backlash.

"I don't think we have enough leadership," Kasich continued. "I think too many people cower, you know, in the wings because of partisanship. Not just Republicans; Democrats as well. If you try to get a great number of governors, Republican or Democrat, to speak out on this, where are they? All you hear are crickets and chirping because they're, they're worried about upsetting their base." 
"Or getting ads run against them like that," Bash added.

"So what?" Kasich replied. "Then get -- then, if you can't take a fastball on the inside, get out of politics."
Makes sense to me...

 Liberals seem to think giving poor people "something for nothing" is in some way helping them "learn to fish" when it just teaching them to "line up for more free fish". And of course it is teaching the bureaucrats that if you fail you gain funding and job security.

And Conservatives seem to think that the unsuccessful folk will somehow magically succeed if the government does nothing to help them. Apparently it was just a fluke that all those people were unsuccessful and impoverished before government started offering aid.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Family Bonding and Belief Development

Now for something totally different. If you have any desire to understand how I developed into the man that I am... (for better or worse)  This is a typical example of how my Father and I bond...

Some Fathers like to golf, go to sports games, fish, camp, hunt, etc. Well mine likes to do productive projects that create, repair or maintain something.  Or what most people call work...

So I have Fridays off during the Summer and spent the day bonding with Dad. For you city folk this activity is called "fixing the plugged field tile".  Tile are the plastic, concrete or in the old days clay perforated or non-perforated tubes that farmers put in the field to drain away excess water. Kind of like that bottom tray on your flower pot.

The activity involves finding where something is stopping the water flow (ie roots, crushed tile, debris, etc), digging down to the tile, cutting out that section, clean out the obstruction and reinstalling a new tube.  Needless to say it is a physical and muddy activity. And as you can see Dad believes in using the newest and fanciest equipment... (Not...)  Apparently the Farmall 350 Utility Tractor is older than I am.

Thus my focus on learning, working, living below one's means, saving and investing.  If I had been raised elsewhere by different Parents maybe I could have been a true Liberal.  Now isn't that scary... :-)

Monday, June 19, 2017

How Kids Get Screwed Up Long Term

Now here are some links I can get behind. Also, why I am so frustrated that anyone is allowed to have kids in America. One has to pass a drivers license test and have enough money to pay for a car and insurance to drive legally. And yet to be a Parent one has to just have poorly protected sexual intercourse and not have an abortion. And I can guarantee that raising kids well is a lot harder than driving. 

 And as this says the long term consequences for the children and our society are huge.  Thoughts?
Childhood Emotional Trauma Closely Linked to Problems in Adulthood
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Unfortunately it doesn't look like licensing Parents made the CDC's list...  Oh well maybe next time. :-)
CDC Abuse / Neglect Reduction Strategies

Friday, June 16, 2017

Yanez Castile Verdict and Protests

Well apparently the protesters are back after the police officer was found not guilty. Here are a couple of comments from my more liberal FB friends.
"Well that's a shame, although not unexpected. Pray for peace."
"Just not right. Not Guilty. Really. Wow.
"He didn't deserve to die for that traffic stop."
SFGate Officer Acquitted
CNN Officer Who Shot
CNN Protests follow verdict

And here are some of my responses.
"So let's summarize, an investigation was held, the officer was charged, a trial was held and he was found not guilty by a jury of our peers and you think it is shame. Do you think he should have been found guilty because the victim was a black man? The victim regardless of race had been smoking pot, had pot in the car and was carrying a gun on him. (ie high risk lifestyle) If the victim was a white man would see the verdict as a shame?" G2A

" I never said he deserved to die, this iis a tragic situation for all involved. One young man is dead and another has spent a year being tormented by crowds of people and likely by his own mind. Again, would people be marching tonight if this was a young high gun toting white man? What do the marchers want beyond an investigation and trial?" G2A

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Electoral Votes: What is Fair?

So this discussion started here. And it requires an image for a better answer.

"Moose, Now don't be silly... They still only have 3 votes... Now each individual citizen has more power, but it is still just a pittance compared to the urban States.  So yes the system is working great. And I am thankful because Wyoming is beautiful.  I am always amazed when urban Liberals want to rule the whole country with an iron fist... So much for that tolerance of different beliefs and peoples." G2A

"Voting Power You were saying...?" Moose

"Excellent source... And I believe I was saying... "Now each individual citizen has more power, but it is still just a pittance compared to the urban States.

This is a trade off we make to keep America whole and stable. And to ensure the dominant majority of City/Coastal Americans do not run rough shod over everyone else. 

Imagine how much better off and stable Iraq would be if the Shiites could not run rough shod over the Sunnis and Kurds as they can with their form of government." G2A

"Not according to my previous source." Moose
My point was that even with the weighted electoral college system, Wyoming only gets 3 votes out 538...  That is a pittance when it comes to national control.  And strangely Liberals who usually want the minority voices to be heard would happily quiet them further.  As is often the case, I find this ironic.

MN Teacher Licensing Improved

Another big improvement that occurred is that local schools have been given the freedom to interview from a larger pool of candidates to ensure the best most qualified Teachers are allowed in the classroom.  Previously the bureaucrats and Teacher's Unions had this pretty well locked down.

MPR MN Teacher Licensing Change
Mn Daily Teacher Licensing Change

The benefit for them of course was to reduce the pool of available applicants, therefore putting upward pressure on required employee compensation.  And making it harder for administrations to replace poor teachers, therefore encouraging administrators to just keep the questionable performer.

Now we know that ED MN is livid, so it is probably a pretty good thing. Please remember that ED MN is a Teacher Union, no matter what else they say.  Their goal is to maximize compensation and job security for their members.  This is not bad or evil, it is just why they exist.

Their goal is not to ensure that our public schools maximize their performance for the good of all American children.  That is the duty of our elected school boards and the school superintendent that they hire.

Monday, June 12, 2017

MN Teacher LIFO is Gone: Thank Heavens

Erin does an excellent job with MP LIFO Surprise. As you are aware, I am against tenure, Last In First Out, steps/lanes and all the other silly Union / State rules that prevent school administrators from keeping only the best most cost effective teachers in the classroom.
Now I am aware that teachers with seniority and tenure appreciate their high job security and relatively high wages and benefits. And that they want the Union and Liberal politicians to do everything in their power to protect this good deal. This makes sense from the point of view of a Teacher in this position.
However if you are a tax payer, a parent, a young gifted teacher or a student this is a terrible deal... Here are some of the reasons why:
  • Some teachers are paid more than their performance justifies. They may be stuck in a school district where they are burnt out but still paid better than they can get else where. Do you really think they are giving 100%? Don't the kids deserve better?
  • Raises are constrained for young energetic gifted teachers by the steps/lanes table. This would have driven me crazy when I was a young workaholic engineer. No wonder attracting young highly motivated talent is hard.
  • The reality is that if any of the teachers are paid more than what they would command on the open market or if the district has to expend a lot of money to get rid of questionable performers, it means that fewer Teachers can be hired and class sizes are made larger.
  • Other
The good news is that we have made one more common sense reform in MN. At least now the admin and teachers can negotiate this at the local level. However, the Ed MN President said one of the most disturbing things: 
"It’s too early to tell what sort of an impact the state-level LIFO repeal will actually have on schools. But Specht suspects there’s not much of an appetite, on the local level, to use anything other than seniority.

There are some locals that are probably going to just put seniority in their contract because it’s easy, it’s predictable,” she said. “We actually hear that a lot of superintendents and principals like it because sometimes having those tough conversations, it’s hard for them. We also believe that teacher development and evaluation law might play into this.” 
The idea that our highly paid school administrators are too scared to address poor performing teachers and that the ED MN President is okay with it makes me SO ANGRY... Both of these groups swear that they are there to ensure that only the best teachers are in the classroom. And yet they both may support seniority policies because it is easier. Definitely some major league hypocrites. 
This quote does give me hope though I am floored that this would be a new concept in the public schools... No wonder they have so many unresolved challenges.
"My guess would be that even though it’s no longer in state law, the status quo is still going to be the default unless there’s a specific effort to change it. And that is a battle that can often require a lot of political capital on the side of the district,” said Kency Nittler with the National Council on Teacher Quality. 
Even so, she says that the repeal of LIFO legislation in Minnesota opens up a number of new possibilities for districts to factor criteria other than seniority into their layoff policies. For instance, some districts might look to negotiate a system that buckets teachers into groups based on their performance-evaluation ratings. Those with the lowest level of ratings may be let go first
From there, any additional cuts might be based on seniority. In some policies she’s observed, districts have adopted a point system where teachers can get points for their performance evaluation. This portion often carries the most weight, but they can also get points for things like experience, leadership roles, or other measures of professional growth. 
I think there are ways to make systems that are not purely 100 percent based on performance that are certainly much less quality blind than 'last in, first out,' but are perhaps palatable for the negotiating table,” Nittler said."
I mean really...  What a creative new idea.... Layoff the poor performers first...  What will they think of next... 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Anti-Sex Ed Conservatives Cause Unwanted Babies

I'll never understand the desire by the religious right to keep young adults ignorant.  NPR Teen Pregnancy Rates  From my post regarding older mothers...
"Remember that I am fine with abortions up to ~14 weeks, IUDs and morning after pills. And I am the odd voice that says welfare Mom's with 2+ kids should be forced to have an early abortion or give the baby up for adoption if they get pregnant with another while on welfare... Or they should be forced to give up all benefits...

My goal has been very consistent... Babies who are born should be taken care of by responsible and capable Parents who can afford them. I don't think Mom's / Dad's who delay pregnancy and increase chances of the baby having serious health problems so they can pursue their degree / career first count as responsible parents." G2A

And yet those back woods Religious Right folks strive to keep young women ignorant and unprotected during the time that they are at their highest risk of becoming an unprepared, unqualified and low income mamas.

Let me see: brain not fully developed, hormones in abundance, peer pressure and mixed messages all around them, emotional attractions, etc.  And the Religious old folks want them to "just say NO" because "we said so".  It is kind of like locking an over eater in the candy store and telling them to just use their will power to not eat...

What are these pious puritanical adults thinking.  And then on top of this they want to make abortion illegal and they want to cut the financial support needed by these unprepared, unqualified and low income mamas. And the irony of course is that then they say they "value humans lives"...  Maybe they do as long as they don't cost them any money or time, and they get to keep them ignorant.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

DEMs Keep Fighting Themselves

This is an interesting twist...  Apparently it is Obama's fault that Clinton lost...  Thoughts?

CNN Actually Hillary has a Point

Comedians Spark Outrage

I am wondering if Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher are smart comedians who are getting just what they want.  A lot of free publicity...  I mean a LOT of people now know Kathy's name who may not have last week, including a LOT of Liberal of potential customers / employers who support her foolish choice.

CNN 2 Comedians

Friday, June 2, 2017

Generations of Disabled Rural White Moochers

A gift from Laurie
Here is a link on another recent topic - this one about (rural white) moochers:  Generations, disabled
Just skimming it... It looks like a good application for my "don't let baby mama's and daddy's keep having and keeping babies they can not care for" rule. And yet no one likes that rule, they would rather these children grow up neglected.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Trump Climate Announcement

Yes I have found one more reason to dislike Trump...  Why would anyone in their right mind exit a global accord like this one?  I keep thinking that he is trying as hard as he can to give the Democrats full control of the House and Senate in 2019 & 2020...  Maybe he truly is a closet Liberal looking to be the next Obama starting 2019... :-)

CNN Trump Announcement
CNN Money Elon Musk to Quit as Counselor
Science Trump Dumps Accords
WP Fact Checking Trump
Politifact Fact Checking Trump
CNN Business Support Accords
CNN CEOs Very Unhappy with Trump's Choice

This SNL skit seems appropriate today.
Trump Talks with Supporters

ED MN Upset By Licensing Change

There are some really good comments in this string.  That unless ED MN gets rid of the comments from Teachers who disagree with them...
FB ED MN Letter from Denise Sprecht

And here is some more coverage.  Since I support licensing reform and the end of tenure, I am with the GOP on this one.
MPR Ed Bill Passed
ED MN More Negotiations
AT Gov Vetoes Needed Licensing Reform

Democrats Not being Very democratic

This Super Delegate thing confuses me...  Especially from a party that each and every vote must matter...  Thoughts?  CNN DNC and Super Delegates

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Selfish Old Women Getting Pregnant

When I hear about this trend my blood starts to boil.  CNN Births to Older Moms  Selfish women who put themselves first during normal child bearing years. And then feel the need to spend a lot of money and take a lot of risks later in life.  And we wonder why US Healthcare Costs are high.

G2A US Healthcare Cost Factors

And before I get called out for picking on women, I think men should also honor that 25 to ~38 year old time frame that is optimal for many reasons.

MN State Police Community Task Force

It looks like the folks with the communities with the problems are looking for a fall guy... Again...

Instead of focusing on fixing their communities...  They want to make things more difficult for those who are trying to help...

You know my view, if Nekima etal spent more time helping the police kick the gangs out of their neighborhoods...  The other problems would go away...

But it is always easier to see obstacles elsewhere than to look in the mirror.
MP State Police Community Task Force 

MN Legal Battle Pending

Well it is good to see that our Governor and Legislature are getting along so well...  (Not...)


MP MN GOP Cuts Women Studies Office
VN Dayton Vetoes Leg Funding
Inforum Leg to Take Legal Action