WANT TO HEAR a good one? According to the New York Times, not that it’s endorsing him, what’s the one thing that qualifies Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. for the U.S. Senate? Answer: He “helped write the Affordable Care Act.”
Once you’ve stopped guffawing, consider, as Jim Antle has done meticulously, Obamacare (among other related issues; see p. 26). With its “persistent flaws” and unpopularity, this jobs killer is doing as much as anything else to weaken Obamarule’s grip. Indeed, the law is making it possible to conceive that the deeply pessimistic question Jim posed in his essential recent book, Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? (Regnery), could actually have a bracing answer. Much of course will depend on Republicans displaying “political competence,” as Jim diplomatically puts it, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
An earnest young disciple of the Hon. Eliot Spitzer makes an inquiry about his true loves only to be made the butt of ridicule:
This girl and I have been dating for a few months now. Things are going really well, and I could see myself being with her for a very long time, maybe even marrying her. The only problem is, I have a secret. I went through a bit of a dry spell in my late 20’s and ended up paying for sex with multiple sex workers many times. I don’t know if this is something I need to reveal to her, or something I can keep to myself for the rest of my life. I don’t even know where she stands on the issue of prostitution, but I’m guessing if she found out, she would not be happy. What do I do?
First of all, don’t use the phrase “I have a secret” only to follow it up with the fact that you saw a couple prostitutes. It’s anti-climactic storytelling. Did you at least fall in love and go on a crime spree together? Because if it’s just that you paid for sex, I don’t really know where the drama is.
(July 5, 2013)
July evanesces, and so does the Prophet Obama. Toward the end of the month he auspicated a lecture tour on the economy and, of a sudden, began denouncing the Republicans for confecting “phony scandals.” What does that have to do with the economy? He meant Benghazi, the IRS harassment of conservative groups, and the NSA fiasco, possibly the largest betrayal of American intelligence in history. It was an odd way to begin a talk on economics, but then his is an odd economy, the weakest recovery in American history, and he takes pride in it! He spoke in defense of the middle class, whom he is hitting with the most onerous medical care bills ever, and the lower class, at whose level he insists that everyone must live. Then he prepared to summer at Martha’s Vineyard, though Martha will be nowhere in sight. Possibly she has gone to the more affordable confines of Detroit and taken the vineyard with her. In that once-great metropolis, city officials have filed for bankruptcy. There the Democrats have, in their half-century of dominance, wrung up $18 billion in debt; and back in Washington the Prophet has plans for even more debt… and more taxes.