He's On The Stage. Will Mikey Like It?

One of the first news stories I heard this morning was that little Mikey Bloomberg had met the modified criteria to be on the debate stage for the Nevada debate. For a while that even DNC scheming and changing the rules wouldn’t be enough to get him there, but Mikey managed to buy enough support through his non-stop ad blitz to cross the threshold. It will be interesting to see the questions that will be asked of him tonight. I’m sure the moderators have already received their instructions from the Central Committee and will be limited in what they will be able to bring up. But I hold on to a thin thread of hope that one moderator still has enough integrity and intestinal fortitude to ask real questions. Here are some I would like to see asked:

Mr. Bloomberg, everyone on this stage has been working very hard to get here. They’ve had to raise money hold rallies, answer questions at town halls, and news conferences. Many have even had town halls on Fox News Channel, of all places. All you’ve done so far is spend money. How does that qualify you to be on this stage?

Mr. Bloomberg, many of the candidates, have attacked President Trump as a racist because of certain statements he made. However, just in the past few days, we have been reminded of your racism in action and your defense of it. Not only your defense of stop and Frisk but your statements like how African American and Latino males “don’t know how to behave in the workplace,” among other things. You have apologized and said you have changed your mind. Why should we believe you?

Mr. Bloomberg, you have boasted in your commercials of how you have created so many jobs. But we are reminded of the numerous reports of your verbal abuse and harassment of women in your workplace. You have settled lawsuits in this regard. Given your obvious disdain for women in the workforce, why should any woman vote for you?

Mr. Bloomberg, in a now widely circulated video, you have made demeaning and ignorant remarks about farmers. Given how you expressed your utter contempt for some of the hardest working people in our country, why should anyone who has to get up and go to a job that you would classify as not needing much grey matter, vote for you?

That’s just a few of the questions I would like to see asked. But perhaps if none of the moderators have the guts to ask them, maybe one or more of the candidates on stage will. If they do, you can be sure of one thing. Mikey will most assuredly NOT like it. 

Some of My Retweets With Comments

Bloomberg needs an expert on narcissism like George Soros needs a buck for a cup of coffee.

Margaret Sanger should be required reading for anyone who considers abortion “empowering.”

You can spend two billion dollars on phony adds Mikey, but the people who know you are not fooled.

This is especially startling when you remember it is only Feb 16.

The Liberal Argument Part II

Health Insurance has never been more important to have than it is today. The days of going to your local GP for a few bucks are over. Growing up in the ’50s and early ’60s I do not remember my Mother ever paying more than ten to twenty bucks for any doctor visit. Health insurance was routinely paid for by employers as a benefit because it was relatively cheap. But times have certainly changed. 

Medical science has taken great strides in treating and curing diseases. Lives have been greatly enriched thanks to advances in the treatments of disabilities whether physical or mental. But these advances and their allocation have resulted in ever-increasing financial costs. We can cure more diseases, mend more broken bodies and minds, extend life expectancy into the eighth, ninth and even tenth decade. But the financial realities of paying for these miracles of science have placed those wonders beyond the reach of some who need them most. 

I don’t think anyone disagrees that we need to get more people insured but where we disagree is just how to achieve this goal. Putting it entirely into the hands of the government would be a mistake. The taxation necessary to fund such an endeavor would be ruinous to the economy. But that’s just a part of it. Relying on the government to run something as complicated as the health care needs of three hundred million people should give you pause. 

Consider the government’s history in programs it already runs. For that matter look at what it does with the vast amounts of money it already collects from US taxpayers. The budget deficit is now measured in trillions of dollars. If we stop adding to it today Our grandchildren’s great-grandchildren will still be paying for it. Government-funded healthcare as currently proposed has no workable self-funding system other than the rather silly tax the rich mantra. 

There is much that can be done within the current framework of health care to reduce costs, cover more people with insurance and assist those who cannot afford to purchase it on their own. I truly believe w can do this without blowing up the existing system and taking the lazy, unimaginative, and simplistic course of dumping in the government’s lap. It’s been done before in other countries and before we become too enamored of these systems we should be willing to assess the very real problems with these systems both fiscally and in the delivery and quality of the care provided.  

A Man of the People?

This guy has no clue what working people need, but one thing we don’t need is the type of taxation that would be necessary to fund even a small amount of the stuff he is promising. They always dance around this question by repeating some vague concept of middle-class costs going down. How does that work? He would have working people take on the debt, insurance costs, living expenses, and health care costs of people too lazy, stupid, or incompetent to do it themselves. Producers taking on the obligations of non-producers are somehow supposed to cost us less than just taking care of our own personal financial responsibility. The lunacy of this should be evident to anyone with a pair of working brain cells. 

No Wonder He Left Town

As I write this, Joe Biden is in fifth place in New Hampshire. That is not good news for the Biden campaign nor the Democratic Party. No one expected the former Vice President to win Bernie Sander’s home state but a fifth-place finish? He is already having trouble raising cash. After this performance, Sleepy Joe might have difficulty raising dust. The media has already been writing Biden’s political epitaph, and they are just waiting for his doomed campaign to give up the ghost. 

Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar are the flavors of the week coming out of New Hampshire. Of the two, Amy is by far the more palatable, but her staying power will depend on whether she can distinguish herself going forward as well as she did in the debate. Senator Klobuchar tentatively raised her hand to be the lone candidate to say that she did indeed have a problem with a Socialist heading the Democratic ticket. That gesture represented what many in her party are thinking but are too afraid of the far-left base to say. Her surge came right after the debate and that one small action was a big part of that, in my opinion. 

The real winner last night, however, was not even on the ballot. He was not on the debate stage last week. Michael Bloomberg could not have had a better night. With no clear front-runner now the Democrats are looking at the very real possibility of a brokered convention. With moderates feeling disenfranchised and the far left feeling cheated once again by the DNC’s most significant problem might not be Donald Trump, but rather their voter turnout.