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My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.
|Step up, en masse, to the bank of microphones, and address the press thus:|
"Whereas the President promised to bring people together and to listen to ideas from both sides of the political aisle, and
:Whereas the President proposed just two days ago his own version of health care reform, before having this opportunity to listen to ideas from our side of the aisle, and while not incorporating a single important idea that has been put forward by a Republican, and
:Whereas the Majority Leader of the Senate has already indicated his intent to engage the "nuclear option," and force the current health care reform bill through without any Republican support, and
:Whereas the American people, according to Real Clear Politics, are against this health care reform by a 52-38 margin;
Therefore we, the members of the Republican Congressional Delegation, refuse to be a party to this political kabuki theater until and unless:
:the President comes to this bank of microphones and pledges to veto any budget bill that includes the current health care bill, or anything substantially similar to it
:the President accepts our proposals for altering the agenda for today's summit to include substantive discussions of tort reform and interstate purchasing of insurance."
The Republican caucus is serious about health care reform, but we do not believe it serves the American people to sign on to systems that have proven to fail in other countries and even in some large American states. If the President is serious about a bipartisan solution to fixing the best health care system in the world, we eagerly await him taking steps to make that happen.
And then they need to step back an wait on the lawn for an hour. As reporters ask them questions, they need to keep their answers short and sweet and on topic: "We published our reform ideas weeks ago at www. . . . ", "there is no point in proceeding without that pledge," "that's the difference between seriousness and theater."
And after one hour, they need to walk away.
The GOP needs to stop being dupes and putting themselves in positions where they look small and ineffectual. Tomorrow is nothing but political cover for Dems--DON'T BE A PARTY TO IT!
|wouldn't you be headed for the lifeboats, too?|
Imagine that scene in Titanic where the ship's architect reassures Rose that nothing can sink his boat; now imagine instead that he was rushing for an exit with a life vest in hand (come to think of it, that probably would have made the movie much better!).
Well, now comes word that George Soros has doubled his gold investments over the past few weeks.
Why the analogy? Gearge Soros is the money behind MoveOn.org; MoveOn was a major player behind the de-legitimizing of the Bush administration; MoveOn was a force in both the 2006 Dem takeover of Congress and in Barack Obama's push to the White House; and nobody really knows how much money Soros spread around during the last two election cycles. But we do know that he has the President's ear.
And now he's significantly increasing his investments in a commodity that is inflation- and depression-proof.
First rat off the ship, after pointing it at the iceberg and jamming the accelerator down.
|Let me just say this once again: if the science is crap, then the conlusions are crap!|
First, Phil Jones, the head of climate science at East Anglia University in England (yes, that East Anglia--the one with the emails) gives an interview in which he basically admits that the warming we've seen in the last several years is, essentially, no different from warming observed in the late 1800s and again in th eearly 1900s. Now, let's see . . . I'm no historian, but I don't think Abe Lincoln arrived at the theater in an SUV . . .
Then, John Christy (who I've written about before) released a study demonstrating that many of the temperature variances measured by the IPCC were due to urbanization. One of the weather stations was located next to an incinerator, and others next to waste treatment plants.
And from the same Times of London article, Ross McKitrick, economics professor, released his analysis of the latest IPCC Report. To say the least, his conclusions are damning:
We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC's climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias.
I think it's time for people who believe in anthropogenic global warming nee climate change to reassess their theology. And it's about time for serious people in Congress ( I know--really small group) to call Cap n' Trade what it is: the buying of Indulgences.
|I started a discussion a week ago about the sorry fiscal state my employer is in right now. I've spent a little time looking around for alternatives since then, and, frankly, the options are few. However, there are some pretty smart ideas that would help school districts maximize taxpayer dollars out there.|
:build schools using a municipal/capital lease--have a private company build the school, and own it for a set period of time (say, 25 years); during that time, the school district can lease the builing from the company, and then buys it outright for a bargain price at the end of the lease contract
:private service contract for renovations--in this model, the private company assumes ownership of the facility for a short time; all costs for materials and supplies then becomes a tax break for the company, and the district gets to save substantially on the difference between a private contractor getting a job and having to send out in-house people to get it done.
:another model encourages nonprofit corps to house schools in external facilities like malls and offices; there the savings are realized through housing schools in existing facilities at much cheaper costs.
Obviously, all of these ideas deal with the construction end of school funding, not the operating end. And that is where you see a lot of the dramatic bad numbers on the news--operational deficits.
But if a school district can save money on construction, it can build and upgrade to better facilities that max educational opportunities. And if a district demonstrates to its public that it's being smart with their money, the public will respond through greater support (including, maybe, voting for a mill levy increase).
I'll work more for later on operational funding ideas.