Weird Idea: Two recent unrelated news stories – what if they met up?
– UN says famine can be prevented if $4.4 billion if paid by end of March. Not 44 – 4 point 4.
– Forbes list of world’s billionaires. Bill Gates: $86 billion; Warren Buffet: $75.6 billion; Bezos: $72.8 billion; Amancia Ortega: $71.3 billion; Mark Zuckerberg: $56 billion.
Would any of these 5 really miss $1 billion? And, wouldn’t it feel great to stop a famine?
There are 2,043 billionaires. $4400000000/2043 = $2,153,695.55 per billionaire. I know all worked their butts off and deserve every penny and can do whatever they want with their money, but imagine if just a few wanted to prevent famine.
Bad news in the Washington Post: “Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill.”
It’s really just another reason your boss shouldn’t be involved in your health care, and why we need universal health care (not “insurance”) guaranteed by government.
Know this: Our federal, state, and local governments (“government”) already pay for roads, schools, public safety, military, etc. Government already pays for health care for veterans, Congress assheads, older people and some children. At this point, covering EVERYONE isn’t really a stretch.
Too bad too
many Democrats during last year’s primaries tendentiously shot down the idea of universal coverage as “unrealistic” and “Everyone gets a pony!” in their ill-fated, ignore-the-polls support of Hillary over Bernie. In any event, Democrats at least should have made Clinton adopt the position, which has been a popular one, as a Gallup Poll shows. (File that under “Hindsight for 2020.”)
Calling universal health care “unrealistic” is just lawpaganda, given the above and given that practically all other developed nations provide health care for their citizens. (They recognize it’s in the national interest.)
If your response is, “I don’t want the government knowing about my health!” keep in mind that it already knows the health of our veterans, our elderly, et al., and that it probably hacks into health care databases. Keep in mind that the government lacks the motive that a private employer, paying high costs for health insurance, has to deprive you of that insurance (by firing you).
Here’s the EEOC’s rundown of current federal law on genetic information discrimination (your state might give you more protection).
by Kit Nick Cohen’s latest column is headlined: Farage meets Assange in a shameless illiberal alliance, but might more properly be entitled “Why I drink more than I used to, and how it’s all your fault.” In it he seeks to conflate everyone he doesn’t understand, everyone he doesn’t like, anyone who disagrees with him […]
A helpful reader pointed me to recent debates between Professor Teachout and Professor Seth Tillman on whether the Foreign Emoluments Clause even applies to Presidents, a point I briefly said was an “open question” in my analysis of the ethics suit against Trump 10 days ago. Very interesting stuff:
Seth Barrett Tillman, Room for Debate, Constitutional Restrictions on Foreign Gifts Don’t Apply to Presidents, The NY Times, Nov. 18, 2016, 10:41 AM, http://tinyurl.com/jpbhom5
Zephyr Teachout & Seth Barrett Tillman, Common Interpretation—The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, in The Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center 2016), http://tinyurl.com/jxro4o9
Zephyr Teachout, Matters of Debate—The Foreign Emoluments Clause, in The Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center 2016), http://tinyurl.com/hkf35q5
Seth Barrett Tillman, Matters of Debate—The Foreign Emoluments Clause Reached Only Appointed Officers, in The Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center 2016), http://tinyurl.com/zgbdtso
Professor Tillman recently appeared on:
Prime Time: A Segment on Trump, RTÉ (Jan. 12, 2017, 9:00 PM), http://tinyurl.com/jjm38q6 (at 5:50ff) (also with Eric Walker for DNC);
Cormac Ó hEadhra, The Late Debate: U.S. Election Night, RTÉ Radio 1 (Nov. 8, 2016, 9:00 PM), http://tinyurl.com/jy3ngp4; and,
The Pat Kenny Tonight Show, TV3 (Nov. 9, 2016, 9:30 PM), https://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/1032; and,
Prime Time, RTÉ (Nov. 10, 2016, 9:00 PM), http://tinyurl.com/jhw6jhd
CNN gloats “Trump just got checked and balanced,” but it should say, “Y’all Got Trumped!”
A”so-called judge” has overturned President Trump’s immigration order (actual text – what media give you that?) blocking entry to immigrants and travelers from certain countries (Iran, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya), because those countries (Iran, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya) are said to have lots of radical Islamic terrorists.
To put it another way: Liberals got a federal judge to overturn it.
Or another way: Now people from these seven countries can come into our country.
Or another: And destroy it.
Or another: Or just loaf around. But mostly destroy it.
I don’t think President Trump is all that sad (Sad!) about this overturn of events. If any one of these immigrants or tourists commits a terrorist act, or even just a crime or leaves a bad tip, President Trump gets to say I told you so, with a dash of liberals and so-called judges are just all going to get us all killed.
I swear, I came up with that idea on my own about how Trump made this move. Then I decided to get the link to the Trump Tweet I referenced above (“so-called judge”), and I saw this Tweet by Trump:
Actually, I was trying to post the Tweet that says:
“The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!”
But it wouldn’t copy! The other one is what copied. People who don’t like accuracy in links are very happy! So I got 2 for 1. A great deal. The Art of the Deal.
Liberals will not enjoy trying to argue their way out of this one – the one where someone from one of these seven countries comes in today or anytime after and commits a terrorist act or even a crime in our country. A parking violation will be enough for many Americans to throw up their hands and say, “This wouldn’t have happened if that so-called judge had just let President Trump protect us!”
Backlash against liberals and rule of law coming soon?
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