We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
President Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to a position largely unstaffed during the Bush administration: head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the two Great Society programs.
Berwick has decades of experience in health policy and, on paper, would seem a perfect candidate for the job. But he has fallen into the trap of many intellectual elites, which we might call the Harvard Disease: assuming that a government committee can guide one-sixth of the national economy into efficiency
The State Board of Education's offense is great -- namely, restoring to notice in Texas textbooks, to a certain eminence even, quaint ideas about federalism and the religious viewpoint of the American founders.
The RI town that has gone into receivership is Central Falls, which recently made the news when the teacher union refused teachers working additional time - such as tutoring after school- which got the teaching staff fired. They later worked out a deal, IIRC, and kept their jobs in exchange for more hours. Correct me if I am wrong.
Not a coincidence, receivership and a union with its head in the sand in the same town.
You can't even imagine how riled up Texas is over the State Board of Education's action! The Houston Chronicle comments boards are a hoot. I'm encouraged to see a lot of posters wondering what's so awful about a social studies curriculum that includes concepts like the free enterprise system. Too many, though, are posting comments about the Christian Taliban. Boy, a lot of people hate the Christian faith these days. I shudder to think what the school kids are hearing about it most of the time.
Watching the news this morning about the Gulf Oil Spill. I'm reminded once again that when you trust someone else to save you, and give them your money, you can be darn sure they'll spend it on candy for the kids to buy their loyalty. And your emergency? Well ... good luck with that. How often do we have to re-learn this lesson? The liars-in-charge, Janet Napolitano and Ken Salazar, are down here, bloviating and looking earnest, and saying how the Feds have been on this from the beginning. Rubbish! They've been asleep at the switch, and they still aren't up to speed. And now the Busybody Brigade is concentrating on saving their butts instead of helping us to solve the crisis. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor, and his local shock troops are the only ones reacting appropriately to this. And he, and they, are learning once more that the further away your money gets from the problem that needs to be solved, the less help you truly get. Case in point, the U.S. Post Office. Bobby's shock troops, the local fishermen whose livelihoods are being decimated by the poor-to-none government response, are getting out there to the barrier islands and trying to build 'sand booms' to deflect as much of the oil as possible. We're working down here to save ourselves, and the Feds are doing nothing, nothing at all to help.
Bobby Jindal is a real leader, not a fake. He made a speech this morning carried on Foxnews that was a real stemwinder. Mr. Smarta$$ in the White House should listen to it for tips on how to substitute real eloquence for the perpetual sludge that comes out of his mouth.
I've held off until now, trying to believe that Someone in Washington was not wearing blinkers. But I give up. Apparently the Ignoramuses there think that you get the only folks who know enough to stop this thing, the oil companies, to cooperate with you by insulting them. How's that working for you, Barry? Too much thuggery in the White House, and not enough brains to fill a teacup. Thuggery may work in Chicago, but it just doesn't cut it here.
Love that quote from Jindal, Texan99. Also, did you note that our first anti-American President, who was planning to give the official Memorial Day ceremonies a miss, in favor of taking another little vacation, was persuaded that he'd better stop in on the Gulf Coast to see what a mess his hand-picked experts were making of the Gulf Oil Spill. So far, his solution has been to insult BP and the other oil production companies, ostensibly to inspire them to greater efforts to solve the problem. Yeah, that'll work, Barry...