“What Do All These People Do?”

“What Do All These People Do?” The New York Times published an editorial on March 4 (“The Very Lonely Cabinet Secretaries”) that concerned itself with President Trump’s failure to fully staff the Federal bureaucracy. In the editorial the Times quotes Trump as having asked, with regard to Federal workers “What do all these people do?”…

Who’s Patronizing?

Who’s Patronizing? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed in the February 23 edition called “Fight Trump, Not His Voters”. In it, Kristof makes his usual argument about how liberal Democrats need to be nicer to Trump voters because they’re not all racists and misogynists etc. Kristof tells people like me that we…

Keep the Johnson Amendment!

Keep the Johnson Amendment! Politicians seem to like prayer breakfasts. Makes them look righteous while they scheme to strip senior citizens of their Medicare and Social Security. I would love to see someone sponsor a Rational Thought Breakfast for politicians, but who would show up? In any event, at a recent prayer breakfast Donald Trump…

They Thought It Would Be Easy

They Thought It Would Be Easy Yes they did. Trump and his followers thought that running the government of the United States, with its 2.8 million employees (not including the military) and annual budget of $3.8 trillion would be a piece of cake. Trump told everyone that our leaders were “stupid, stupid people”; not really…

Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy My late father-in-law was a pretty smart guy, but he had his blind spots. We were discussing anti-Semitism once (he was a semi-religious Jew and I am a secular Jew) and he opined that anti-Semitism was largely the province of the political left. I countered with my belief that neither left, right,…

The Obamacare Follies

The Obamacare Follies Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has taken to saying that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in a “death spiral”. This is demonstrably untrue. The so-called “death spiral” has a very specific meaning. It’s what happens when health insurance premiums rise so much that young and healthy enrollees drop coverage…

A Little Empathy, Please

A Little Empathy, Please Empathy: the experiencing as one’s own the feelings of another (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). When I was a young man just out of college I used to hit the town on Saturday nights with my buddies. These guys liked going out late, so we would usually close some bar at 4 a.m. and…