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?

A Crazy Two Weeks in the Trump Administration

Opinions on Donald Trump incite passion on both sides of the spectrum.  Never before have I seen a figure so polarizing and so much at the root of blind emotion.  If you hate him, he can do nothing right and things that are ‘normal’ take on sinister overtones when it involves Trump.  Conversely, Trump said during the campaign that he could shoot someone in broad daylight and not lose certain voters.  Little could we imagine that he was right.

If you dislike Trump (and ‘dislike’ is too mild a word for many), the comments below will do nothing to change your opinion.   If you like Trump (and ‘like’ may also be too mild a word for his fans), then I would ask for a few moments that you think of Trump, the man and the policies, as two different things.  For a few moments, let’s realize that they are two different things.  What a man says he wants to do, and who a man is, are not always the same. Continue reading “A Crazy Two Weeks in the Trump Administration”

Quick Takes: A Sexless Baby, CNN, NPR and Illinois junk bonds

After a short vacation, Thinking Man is back with quick takes on several and widely-varied topics.  Most just make you want to shake your head in disbelief. Continue reading “Quick Takes: A Sexless Baby, CNN, NPR and Illinois junk bonds”

The Continued Erosion of Obama’s Legacy

The Obama legacy continues to fade.  As Thinking Man first wrote in February in President Obama’s Legacy, the approach to governance taken by former President Obama largely determined what form his legacy would take.  This week, President Trump reversed many of the Obama-era policies regarding Cuba, further eroding the Obama legacy.  Continue reading “The Continued Erosion of Obama’s Legacy”

Violence in American Politics-An Assault on Democracy

Vitriol in American politics is not necessarily a new phenomenon.  But both in type and volume, the current level is out of control.

This week we saw an attempted political assassination when a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican Congressmen who were at an early morning baseball practice for the annual Congressional charity baseball game.  The gunman, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Illinois, had a list on him of several GOP lawmakers who were marked for assassination.  Continue reading “Violence in American Politics-An Assault on Democracy”