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Are we going to freak out every time Trump does what he said he would do?

Good article from Investors Business Daily: http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/are-we-going-to-freak-out-every-time-trump-does-what-he-promised/

I’m back.

To the extent possible, I’m going to start commenting here on the arts and political matters.  I don’t intend to be incendiary, but the fact is, the political climate today appears to me to be the hysterical vs the less hysterical.  Donald Trump is not the best president we’ve ever had but he will not be the worst.  That honor, in my opinion goes to Barack Obama.  And, most likely, had Hillary Clinton been elected, it would have been her dishonor.  The Democrat Party has become a combination of warring factions, dishonest radicals, and opportunistic sleazeballs, all of whom really don’t much like America as a free-enterprise economic engine of prosperity.  The GOP has been a load of spineless (don’t fight with the black guy or they’ll call you a racist) cowards throughout the disastrous Obama presidency.  Trump, for better or worse, is changing the game.

So I’ll probably have some things to say about all this from time to time.

Talking about bullying is the new bullying

David Cortman at TownHall.com makes a case for how the whole bullying discussion seems to be more than just concern about kids on the schoolyard. Check it out

I’ve been bothered by the discussion myself, suspecting that the real bullying is being done by those who are increasingly defining bullying as simply disagreeing with the left’s political orthodoxy.  Witness speech codes on campuses, and talk of “micro-aggressions,” a pseudo-science-y term if I’ve ever heard one.

We live in scary times.  Scarier if you’re not a liberal or leftist, because the powers that be in government, education and media appear to be conspiring to shut you up.  Bullying is not a big social issue.  People have been picking on each other for, well, for ever.  And people have been dealing with it.

It’s not a growing social problem.  It’s not even a social problem.  It’s a problem of individuals.  A bully is very often a kid who feels inadequate and has a hard time figuring out how to improve things, so he lashes out.  Or there may be deeper issues, including mental illness, drug use, parental abuse, etc. All of these are a problem.  But at its core, bullying is a problem for one kid at a time. And because it’s a problem of individuals, I’m very suspicious of those who try to frame in the context of a social problem — a problem of groups —  and try to make rules and regulations to deal with it.

Somehow, this kind of thinking needs to be corrected, because it’s terribly destructive, and gives power to people who make vague rules based on feelings and group dynamics.  You know.  Grown-up bullies.  We should be afraid of this, and fight it.

The thugocracy at work.

With every exposure of this kind of blatant anti-business, dare I say, anti-American focus from our overstuffed government, it becomes apparent that a command-and-control economy is what the current bunch in Washington really wants.

The good thing is that they DO let their guards down once in a while, and we see the agenda(s) more clearly.  If the national consumer media would actually report this stuff, Obama would be toast.  Which is why they DON’T report it.  This story may have legs, however.

From the WSJ: Review & Outlook: Crucify Theerm – WSJ.com.

Andrew Breitbart Distilled

This review of some of his comments from Fox News encapsulates what Andrew Breitbart was all about.  He was ruthless and fearless, but he wasn’t a liar.  He was direct and didn’t back down, but he wasn’t a bully (although I think sometimes Hannity is).  Breitbart saw with great clarity what the radical left (not traditional Democrats) are trying to do to this country and he was possibly the strongest voice among many saying “No you don’t.”


Why Newt won’t quit – and why I think he shouldn’t

The Politico today says that Newt won’t quit, even though he’s likely to lose Florida,  and I don’t think he should. I’m not sure he’s the best candidate against Obama, but if he stays in, he’ll make Romney a better candidate. Romney has already gotten better from a debate standpoint.  Romney has had to come up with better, more succinct ways of making his case, and despite the bruising Newt and Mitt are giving each other, it’s all good.

One point in Newt’s favor is that, by pulling out all the stops to get Newt to quit, Romney may have exhausted his ammo, inoculating Newt against further, less aggressive attacks. From the Politico today:

“I would define Newt’s head space as: ‘Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning,’” said David Lane, the Christian conservative leader close to Gingrich, quoting Churchill. “They’ve unloaded everything on him now.”

There are many who think all the negative campaigning is bad.  To the extent that it’s dishonest, neither do I, but I think it does serve the purpose of vetting candidates where the news media won’t.  In a fight for the soul of America, you don’t want any wimps.


More at: Why Newt Gingrich won’t quit – Alexander Burns – POLITICO.com.

Support the Pipeline

Dick Morris at Dickmorris.com makes the case that the Keystone Pipeline project can still go forward, but it will take congressional action at this point.  The president’s dog-ate-my-homework excuse for blocking the project is curious, at best, even to liberals, and it hurts our prospects for lower energy prices and REAL energy independence that doesn’t depend on tax-subsidized green energy projects.

More fallout from Obamacare

This story from the Detroit Free Press (excerpted below) will be repeated many times as we approach the time when/if the health care law takes effect. In our own area, this has to be affecting the medical companies in Warsaw.

The plain fact is, the health care law will cost more and more jobs as time goes on, possibly including jobs lost in Elkhart General Hospital in response to “reform.” Obamacare is making life worse for Americans without improving healthcare for anyone.

Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based maker of artificial hips and knees, will cut 5% of its global workforce by the end of next year to reduce costs in the face of new fees on device makers required by the U.S. health care law.

The job cuts will reduce annual pretax operating costs by more than $100 million beginning in 2013, when the medical-device excise tax is scheduled to take effect, Stryker said Thursday in a statement. Stryker had more than 20,000 employees as of Dec. 31, according to Bloomberg News data.

via Stryker to cut 5% of workforce | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.