I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
Well of course the big story in New Mexico which should be a bigger story around the United States but is not thanks to the mainstream media's love of Muslim terrorists, is the judge in northern New Mexico that released those charged in this case on $20,000 signature bail. That means they don't have to put up any money to get out they just have to pay $20,000 if they don't show up for trial. It will of course remain to be seen whether they do show up for trial but that's another issue.
Time to bring a little sanity to the discussions I've seen on social media, letters to the editor, and in discussions around town. Prior to 2016 the New Mexico State Constitution required that defendants be granted bail unless they had committed a capital crime. In 2016 we voted to amend the constitution to allow judges to hold dangerous defendants without bond. The problem is that there is not a clear definition of when a defendant might be a danger to the community. As I understand it the New Mexico State Supreme Court has heard only 3 cases since that change was made and the definition is still not clear enough. You might believe that these men are a danger to the community and I have to say I don't disagree with that assessment. But there is more to the story.
The first example of why an Ivy League style education is not worth a penny is Ms. Ocasio Cortez. The Boston University graduate can regurgitate most of the Pablum she was fed in college, but ask her to elaborate and she can't even put together a coherent sentence. If you haven't seen her interviews, please search the internet for her videos. Sad, pathetic, but she's way too popular among the elite to be ignored.
Venezuela’s economy and society have collapsed under the weight of socialism. It has been the most severe, dramatic collapse in the history of the recorded world. When Hugo Chavez was first elected, Venezuela was one of the most prosperous countries in the region. There was plenty of food, access to medical care, schools, private ownership of business, farming, mining, oil production, etc. Now? Well, history tells us that socialist regimes take only one path and result in only one outcome: disaster.
Somewhere there are psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral scientists loving this time in our country. They are having a field day analyzing the behavior of those on the left side of the aisle and their response to the Trump presidency. Trump Derangement Syndrome has actually gained a foothold among some mental health professionals as an actual diagnosis that must be treated. Too bad it treated by telling the poor little snowflakes to “grow up” and act like an adult.
It is fascinating to watch the reactions to all the successes President Trump is having, even though most of his opponents won’t acknowledge his achievements, such as low unemployment, fewer people on food stamps, tax cut prosperity, fewer regulations, North Korea, trade with the EU… you know.
Along with Medicaid for all being offered by the Democratic Socialists, Sanders and Ocasio Cortez are now proposing a $15 an hour 'wage' for unemployed and disabled people. They would pay people based upon working the equivalent of a full time work week, I guess 36-40 hours a week. This is putting the mandatory minimum wage on steroids, not to mention unemployment benefits. How does a small business compete with that? We've already seen the negative consequences of a $15 minimum wage in places like Seattle, where restaurants closed or cut jobs and hours. Now in order to entice someone to leave a $15 an hour 'wage', an employer will have to offer more per hour, significantly more, or benefits that the unemployed don't have. This all costs a significant amount of money and is not sustainable for any business, especially a small business.
Mark Zuckerberg was answering questions regarding Facebook’s efforts to protect personal information, monitor ‘fake news,’ and generally acting like an upstanding corporate citizen. He was pressed about refusing to take down posts that denied the Holocaust had ever occurred. In some of the posts quoted in the question, the language was clearly hateful and bigoted towards Jews. Zuckerberg, in typical liberal fashion, said he could not remove that speech because of “free speech issues.” He went on to say that he disagrees strongly with those views but that posts such as these can stimulate conversations that “need to had."
Clearly, to some of us, Zuckerberg is at the very least ignorant about many issues addressed in his comments. At worst, he is not very good at hiding his hypocrisy. Zuckerberg gets the blame for this situation for 2 reasons; first, it’s his company and he’s responsible for the actions taken by his company. Secondly, he has said repeatedly that he will be very involved in cleaning up hate speech, fake news, and the other problems facing his company.
Recycling has been a hot button topic in Grant County as of late due to a change in the policy at the landfill. People are up in arms and disgusted by the fact that they can only recycle cardboard. China gets a lot of the blame on social media platforms as they have stopped accepting recyclable material from anyone, including the United States.
As usual, the 'solutions' proposed on social media miss the point completely, as do the fingers they are pointing at various entities. Lack of knowledge about recycling, AKA ignorance, is the biggest part of the problem. Dare I say that the fingers should be turned right around and pointed at themselves rather than anyone else, if blame truly has to be fixed on someone.
The first question that has to be asked, is why aren't there more recycling businesses in the United States? Why are we shipping our trash all the way to China? Is it burdensome regulation that increases costs to the point that recycling is not a profitable business? In part, yes it is. Once again, American businesses can't compete with China in part because of the extra expense created by onerous regulations.
There is no doubt in my mind that liberals believe they know more about how to raise your child than you do. In fact, they know more about how you should live your life than anyone else. History tells us based upon the rules and regulations they continually put into place regarding your children; what you can say or where you can say it; what can be sold in stores (no Big Gulps).
Delaware is the latest state trying to tell parents they have little or no place in helping their children make life altering decisions. Sexual education was one of the first areas school officials usurped from parents; now it’s gender identification. The latest bill being considered in DE would allow school officials to talk to kids at any educational level about their preference for gender selection. The school would then conduct an assessment of the parents’ knowledge of their child’s situation and the parents’ willingness to accept any decision their child might make, in conjunction with school staff of course. But, the parents would not be made aware that an assessment was being conducted. School officials would talk to the child, along with the child’s teacher(s) and other school staff to create a picture of the parents. Well that should work just fine.
As often happens when we get older, our parents also get older, lots older. Which is a good thing. But life always throws in a few lemons just to keep it real. I’ve had to spend a lot of time in hospitals over the last two years with my dad. That means a lot of ‘down’ time between tests, doctors visits, medication etc. It gives one time to reflect on a lot of different topics but especially how healthcare is delivered to our population.
With Medicare For All being a hot topic among many candidates for federal and state office it has made me think about the difference in the quality of care delivered by different entities. As many of you know there is a big difference, especially if you have to deal with the VA or governmental delivered healthcare on the reservations. There is no better argument against single payor or government provided healthcare than watching a loved one have to deal with either of those entities.
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