Executive Orders on Executive Orders

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order, ordering Washington state employees to not cooperate with President Trump’s executive orders—an executive order to ignore executive orders from anyone else, as it were (I know, confusing isn’t it?).  

Inslee signed his executive order a day after lawyers for a so-called “Dreamer” arrested by ICE earlier this month again asked a court to release him immediately.  The person involved, Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, who was brought to the country from Mexico when he was 7, has admitted gang ties and a judge has previously refused to release him after the Dept. of Homeland Security had detained him.   

Yet Inslee sees this as an example of the type of person who needs protection rather than the type of person from whom we need protection. 

African-Americans for segregation…

At the Univ. of Michigan, there is a proposal being advance by minority student groups to create a “safe space” where students could go to be protected from such things as others who disagree with them and hearing anything they don’t like.  The proposal is to create a safe space solely for African-Americans where no whites would be allowed at any time.

Though my graduate degree in history is a bit old, I could swear that last month we celebrated the birthday of someone who led the struggle to make sure that segregation of the races would never happen again…

Love Trumps hate?

Among the rising wave of paranoia since the election is this bit, one example of several, from the Washington DC area…

In an online ad for a roommate in Georgetown, 23-year old Sahar Khan wrote: “Alcohol, pets and meat products are not allowed…Neither are Trump supporters.”

In an interview she said she wasn’t being, as the interviewer asked “a bit intolerant”. She also insisted that she was not discriminating based on “political differences” and that she wouldn’t “drill” potential housemates on their political beliefs, she just didn’t want someone who supported Trump as a roommate.

One can only hope that the new national health plan that is to be proposed will have generous mental health benefits.


President Obama’s Legacy

Toward the end of their terms, every President turns to thoughts of their ‘legacy’. Naturally, as one enters the end of the term of office, thoughts turn to how they will be remembered and what parts of their time in office will live on after them.   Now that it is roughly a month after President Obama left office, it’s only fitting that we look back at his legacy.

If asked, I would imagine that former President Obama would list Obamacare, and likely the impetus for increased regulation of the banking industry including the Dodd-Frank law as his major domestic policy achievements. In the international arena, he has spoken of his pride with the Paris Climate Agreement, signed by over 120 nations.

So what will be President Obama’s legacy? Regardless of what you think of his Presidency and his policies, the short answer is “probably not much”. Continue reading “President Obama’s Legacy”

Regulations, Big Business and the Poor

Government regulation is a topic of frequent debate between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives say regulations often come at too high of a price, while liberals say that they are vital to protect us and our fellow citizens and that conservatives don’t care. So let’s break down a couple of recent examples. Continue reading “Regulations, Big Business and the Poor”

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