Things Not Otherwise Noted: May Edition

By Doug Magill

We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.  Carl Bernstein

Karen Carter Peterson is the head of the Louisiana Democrat Party and a State Senator (D – New Orleans).  She took to the floor of the Louisiana State Senate and claimed that opposition to Obamacare is “….about the race of this African-American president.”  Not only is her statement appalling on its face, it is a sign of the moral bankruptcy of the Democrat party.  Dennis Prager theorizes that there are only two – equally bad – possible explanations.

Do they really believe this?

One wonders what the Jesuits are thinking when they hire people such as Michael Eric Dyson as a professor at Georgetown.  As the incident with Ann Coulter revealed at Fordham last fall, the religious order of our new pope is less tolerant of conservative views than incomprehensible ignorance from liberals.  Filmmaker Glenn R. Towery blasted Dyson for recent comments on the fantasized history of the movie Django Unchained, saying “…I witnessed a man with a PH.D. make one of the most asinine statements you may ever hear from the lips of a well-educated man.”  Seemingly desirous of achieving a world-class award for ignorance of the Constitution, our government and the Bible, Dyson recently commented on MSNBC that Attorney General Eric Holder is “…the chief law-giver of the United States of America,” and “…the Moses of our time.”

Michael Eric Dyson misinterprets the Bible.

There has been so much discussion about increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and the supposed connection to global warming that the basic biological science concerning this essential chemical compound has been overlooked.  A rocket scientist and a physicist explain why we may, in fact, do not have enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and why more may be better.

Why we need more carbon dioxide.

The President has often spoken in support of electric vehicles, and a number of manufacturers have come out with models in recent product cycles.  They have been a tough sell, and most people view them with suspicion as they do not fit the multi-purpose needs of most consumers.  And, what is not discussed is their overall deleterious effect upon the environment, in contrast to the image that celebrity environmentalists would have you believe.

The dirty secret of electric vehicles.

One of the most egregious examples of Department of Energy money wasted on dubious green energy schemes in the electric automobile field is Fisker Automotive.  You remember, the electric car company whose $100,000 cars couldn’t even get past the initial test drive at Consumer Reports and which had an unfortunate tendency to catch fire?  The one where the company bought an abandoned GM plant in Joe Biden’s home state to build cars that ended up being manufactured in Finland despite Biden’s claim that the company would create “Billions and billions of dollars in new jobs.”

At least Fisker cars didn’t spontaneously catch fire, oh wait….

Many Americans and a number of congressional supporters believed Obamacare was ultimately a good thing because it would provide a way to force (not assist, mind you) coverage onto those unable to otherwise have insurance.  And, of its many jury-rigged and complex provisions the requirement that the young and healthy effectively support the old and uninsured was always a questionable tactic, and certainly problematic concerning those not otherwise in need of health insurance.  Knowing a number of young people that do not carry health insurance today because of its cost, it is a virtual certainty they will not do so in the future because of the incredible increases in premiums due to the mandates of the law.  Which, will throw the whole thing out of whack and create a much bigger problem than we ever would have had if we had done nothing.

Uninsured Americans may not decide to use Obamacare.

Most people do not remember the intricacies of the scandals related to the era of the robber barons.  They just think it was related to a bunch of capitalists that were greedy and had to be reined in by the government.  Those, however, who study history remember that the main problem was the corruption endemic to the involvement of the government in loans and grants.  Usually where there are big scandals, the government is either actively involved or encouraging investment for political reasons that would not otherwise be supported by the market.  People without a knowledge of history get caught up in these things and think there is something new to be learned, while the government never remembers and is happy to engage in the same complex and corrupt schemes that it always has.  The California high-speed rail project is just the latest in a never-ending stream of wasted money and backroom dealings.

Corruption in the California high-speed rail project.

The moral case for Obamacare was the expansion of Medicaid to cover more poor and uninsured patients.  Like almost everything that the government gets involved in, it will take the worst possible action, exacerbate the problem, and create a bigger crisis which the government will have to solve.  The underlying assumption of Obamacare was that increased access to health insurance would lead to better health outcomes.  The New England Journal of Medicine performed a study that blasts this assumption, and calls into question not only the rationale of the program but its long term effects on the problem it was originally intended to solve.

New Study shows Medicaid has no effect on health outcomes.

Obama’s budgets are sometimes creative works of otherworldly thinking.  In fact, his recent submissions have set records for how few members of Congress voted for them.  The last two budgets received zero – that’s right, zero – votes in three different floor votes in Congress, including members of his own party.  One would think he might learn something from such massive rejection.  Nope.  The 2013 version includes new spending, new taxes, and maybe sort of balances by 2055.  No one in Congress believes anything in it.  One has to feel sorry for the poor accountants who have to put these things together year after year knowing they will get more laughs than the total of all night-time TV comedians over the last half-century.  Even worse, the 2013 budget contains a strange, and frankly ominous proposal.  It has stringent caps on deferred tax-savings in IRA’s and 401k’s, which is also half the amount than you-know-who is planning on getting himself.

Obama budget caps retirement income – except for him.

The South is dramatically transforming.  For the first time since Reconstruction there will be a black Republican in the Louisiana State Senate.   Formerly Democrat Sen. Elbert Guillory is becoming a Republican because of his disenchantment with a party that he believes has moved away from the values of the majority of Americans.

Sen. Elbert Guillory blasts Democrats and becomes Republican.

Doug Magill is a freelance writer and voice-over talent.  He can be reached at


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