cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
President Obama has his head down and is charging to the goal line, seemingly oblivious of the mood of the country. He continues to demonstrate that his apparent goal was to gain office and to make as many changes of as significant a nature as possible before he had to stand for re-election. For any President to have been compared to former-President Carter in such a short time after taking office certainly must be significant. Even the mainstream media has picked up on those vibes.
VAT – Value Added Tax – looks more and more likely for the
The last time the Republicans had the role of leadership in our national government, they did a poor job. They spent money that we didn’t have and that didn’t need to be spent. Political cronies were recipients of government largess. There seemed little, if any, conviction as to how to guide the country. Waffling was the watchword; positions were wishy-washy. Politics was more important than governing. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
“Shadow” was a 1st Sergeant in the National Guard unit I was assigned to following receipt of my shiny new 2nd Lieutenant’s bars many years ago. He was wiry, a little shorter than me and had a twinkle in his eye. He was, I have just learned, about 13 years my senior.
The recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick, to become the head of Medicare and Medicaid with the tangential duties as overseer of the new ObamaCare health plan, will prove to have been a critical appointment made without the Senate’s advice and consent role in place.
The old bromide, “there ought‘a be a law” came to mind yesterday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision that the raiding of the Patient Compensation Fund by our Governor and legislature was improper.
That seems the mantra of many Americans these days. When asked, by the Rasmussen polling organization, “Do you favor a one-year moratorium on all new regulations?” a plurality favored doing just that. 38% favored a moratorium while 34% opposed it. 28% couldn’t decide; maybe they’re so over-loaded that they’re unable to think any longer.
The extension of unemployment benefits raises some very tough issues. On the one hand, we have high levels of unemployment. On the other, we have no money to continue these benefits if jobs are not forthcoming sooner rather than later. On the one hand, there are few jobs available and that might be the worse issue, but the apparently compassionate thing to do is to extend benefits. On the one hand, we are being considerate of those who are not employed. On the other, we risk creating a whole new group of dependent Americans.