Does Anyone Really Still Think The New York Times Is ‘Journalism’?

The New York Times announced days ago that it had hired Sarah Jeong to serve on its editorial board. Normally such an announcement would not be that noteworthy, except that Jeong has a history-and a relatively recent history-of inflammatory racist comments on social media. Continue reading “Does Anyone Really Still Think The New York Times Is ‘Journalism’?”

Friday Quick Takes–It’s Taxing

End of the week quick takes focus on comments about the recently passed tax plan.  Some different perspectives and…interesting opinions in this edition…

Do What I Say, Not What I Do

Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who served during the Obama Administration, said that the recent tax bill was a ‘ticking time bomb’ because of the large increase in the national debt that will result.

That is a very legitimate concern and the largest drawback to law Over 10 years, even if optimistic estimates of increased economic growth play out, the debt will increase by hundreds of billions of dollars (the initial estimate by the CBO is $1.5 trillion). At some point, that will have to be addressed.

However, it’s ironic and strangely odd that this concern would come from the Treasury Secretary who helped form economic policy during an Administration where the national debt doubled, rising roughly $10 trillion, in 8 years.

But That’s My Money!

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week that the recently passed tax reform bill was bad, in part, because it unfairly penalized high tax states by limiting the deduction for state taxes to $10,000. Well, yes, yes it does.

Or said another way, others will no longer be subsidizing people from high tax states by allowing them to pay less in federal taxes.

There is, of course, one obvious solution: stop having such high taxes.

 

That is just too much to consider for Cuomo.  So he has announced that he is having the state of New York sue the federal government in an attempt to invalidate the law, saying its unconstitutional.   Unconstitutional?  How is that, you may ask.  Good question, but that has sort of become ‘the thing’ to do when you disagree with a law may threaten to not give you as much money as you have started to feel entitled to getting.

So, we have one government suing another government, taking up a courts time and resources because…well, because it’s so important to settle the question of who gets more of the taxpayer’s money.

Hypocrisy in the NFL, Racism Among Athletes and More Apologies for Hillary–Weekend Quick Takes

The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes.  This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…

Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’

Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.

San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.

And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disagrees with his, or course.

How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.

Racism Among Athletes

As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.

Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days.  Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account  about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture.  He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it.  You wanna be black.”

So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin?  Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.

Ginsberg Goes Over the Line

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.

First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political.  SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.

Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election.  Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.

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Mid-Week Quick Takes

Items in the news this week:

Sanctuary Cities

Mayor of Chicago and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says that his city will sue the federal government for cutting off federal tax dollars because it is a sanctuary city and refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

As is typical of those who run sanctuary cities, Emanuel thinks that he and his city are entitled to money from taxpayers, no matter what those taxpayers think and no matter what the law.  Because he knows better and you should give him money….well, just because he says you should.

Obamacare News

Anthem, the second largest insurer in the country has announced it’s pulling out of another Obamacare exchange.  Anthem announced this week that it will be pulling out of Nevada, in addition to a number of other markets where it has already stopped offering insurance.

There is no doubt left to anyone that Obamacare is dying.  As predicted when it passed, sky-rocketing costs, along with huge increases in premiums and other key failings have doomed it to either a massive infusion of money-in the trillions of dollars-to save it or a slow death that will have cost hundreds of billions of dollars with no effect on healthcare costs.

While that dies, the Republicans offer no alternative after seven years of saying that will give us something better.

More Hypocrisy from Liberals in Hollywood

Actress Lena Dunham shared that she had complained to American Airlines after she had heard two employees, in a private conversation in the terminal, say things that offended her and she felt were transgender-phobic (is that even a word?)

So, she feels that people cannot express their personal opinion and their jobs should be in danger if they do.  Interesting.  What would be more interesting would be her opinion on a person expressing his personal opinion while at work and in uniform if, say, that person were an NFL quarterback named Colin Kaepernick?