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”

Socialism and the Poor in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez took power in Venezuela in 1999, on promises to do more to help the country’s poor.  He brought a growing snowball of socialist economic policies with him that have continued since then.  Venezuela has long been a member of OPEC, the world’s oil cartel, and has among the largest oil reserves in the hemisphere.  In 2001, Venezuela was the largest economy in South America.  Soon after taking office Chavez began nationalizing companies, including the nation’s oil companies, and began using the money from oil production to pay for subsidies for consumer goods that have grown over time, for everything from food to diapers. Continue reading “Socialism and the Poor in Venezuela”