Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Opt Analysis

I've spent a fair amount of time pondering the past couple of days over this new universal health care package of Senator Harry Reids....and the opt-out option. So I've come to three points of analysis.

First, if opt-out is so great an idea....why not opt-in? Make the whole dang thing a package and then offer it up to fifty states. Let everyone know that it'll cost x amount (I assume $1800) for each family to contribute to taxes to help the lesser folks afford the package. So let everyone know the entire deal and then have a state by state vote.

I'm guessing at best....once you know your cost....and folks discuss this....that barely five states pass the package. Another ten will make it close. And the remaining 35 will be a 8-point margin. At that point, if you are unhappy and want the package....just pack up and move to the right state.

Second, if the idea of opt-out is so keen....why not make every national law this way? All these laws created to control Alaska and its oil....by 49 other states.....why not allow Alaska to vote and opt-out of the control laws? If we are saying that opt-out is great and fair....why not across the board for every single law?

We could vote and opt-out of stupid laws that involve carbon credits or environmental requirements. We could opt-out of extra taxes to fund national public TV or radio. We could opt-out of Afghanistan or Iraq or keep our national guard back home.

So I'm guessing that this is the one and only time that opt-out will ever be brought up.

Finally, my third point of observation. In 1860, we had an opt-out deal going.....that somehow just didn't work. Alot of men died, because opt-out just wasn't going to be allowed. We've kind gone with this strategy of all-for-one and one-for-all ever since that point. For some reason....Harry's idea is rubbing me the wrong way. Either he is bluffing and half-joking over the suggestion.....or he wants a divided nation. Either way....we lose something.

As a guy from Bama and a dry county.....I'd sure like to try this opt-out deal on alcohol sales, but I'm guessing opt-out in Bama is something we'd best not bring up.

Just the NEA's Words

I saw this today....over at the National Review.

Basically, this was commentary from the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.....Rocco Landesman. His quote:

This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln. If you accept the premise, and I do, that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, then Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar. That has to be good for American artists.

I sat there for a minute.....half-laughing....and then wondering if Rocco was just that naive?

Based on a fair amount of survey with the two books written by the President....there is ample belief and proof that both were ghost-written by another writer. In fact, the puzzling thing about the original contract to write a book....was that Mr Obama spent a vast amount of time writing nothing.....and when finally faced with the prospective of having no real written material for what they contracted him to write....he then turns around and writes a totally different book, which ended up as a bio of sorts....from a youthful guy with no real past.

In fact, from what people have found....that they are sure over his writings.....he really writes more like a traditional lawyer of sorts.....and no real functionary writing ability beyond that.

Then Rocco suggests some magnificent ability to write? It kinda makes you wonder who makes up the NEA and if a bunch of guys from Bama just might be more artistic and better writers than the whole team over at the NEA.

Pilots, Laptops, and Minneapolis

The story deepens with the two pilots in Minneapolis, who missed landing. They now claim that they both had laptops out and were heavily involved in some type of reading activity via their laptop. The story barely sounds legitimate.

I pondered over this and started to consider the possibility that both are gamers and were heavily involved with World of Warcraft (my son’s passion of life). I could see both so heavily involved that they would miss the landing episode.

The funny thing here is that the airline has a policy on laptop use in the cabin, and it’s virtually a job-loss thing if you pull the laptop out unless in the performance of work. I’m guessing that neither will be able to prove this effort and both (in their mid-50s) are bound to be let go.

The positive here? Well…at least my original suggestion of something weird or kinky going on in the cockpit is out the window.