Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).
Poor Michelle Obama, the highly praised and highly partisan First Lady, complained to Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview that she has lost hope.
Mrs. Obama said that her husband did deliver on his promises of offering hope to the American people, but that now “we are feeling what not having hope feels like.”
The so-called “hope” delivered by the current administration consisted of the lowest home ownership rate in 51 years, millions of additional people on food stamps and in poverty, 15 million more Americans no longer in our nation’s workforce, stagnant wages, and skyrocketing health insurance premiums.
Though many things have changed in American political life over the past couple of years, one aspect remains a comforting constant: Democrats never lose an election. Not really. Not fairly.
From the night of November 8 onward, the political coverage has been dominated by a series of conspiracies to explain the election of Donald Trump. Never acceptance. Always denial.
If conservatives made it through eight years of Obama, liberals can make it through eight years of Trump. Of course, as a general rule, conservatives aren’t snowflakes who whine about being triggered and desperately need safe spaces to cope with the fact that there are people who disagree with them. Liberals tend to be a bit more fragile. So when something upsets their little world, things can go sideways quickly, which makes for amusing reading for the rest of us.
When the law is one man using “a pen and a phone” there is no foundation on which to build or expand a business. Instead entrepreneurs sit on a thin crust atop a pool of quicksand, afraid to move for fear of upsetting their precarious positions.
Who would start a new bank, or make a loan to a small business, in the age of Dodd-Frank empowering hyperactive regulators to create and enforce any rule they like? Thanks to Democrats, the only people who can get loans in 2016 are those who don’t really need them.
The liberals’ whinefest about Puzder – as opposed to the liberals’ whinefest about every other Trump appointee – is based on the fact that Puzder’s career has been centered on the kind of jobs that provide the foundation for careers: entry-level, minimum wage gigs that teach you the basics of how to be employed.
My first job was at the Carl’s, Jr., store in Foster City, California, in 1981 making $3.10 an hour. Was I flipping burgers? I wish. I started out on lot, which meant I walked around with one of those long handled dustpans and little brooms cleaning up after you slobs. I also hauled garbage out to the dumpster, cleaned tables, and mopped out the toilets, an experience that gave rise to a mystery that has haunted me ever since: How does a woman miss?
Some people think Santa Claus is upstaging Jesus. I remember a controversial cover of Christianity Today long ago, showing Santa Claus crucified on a cross, hung up by strands of Christmas lights. More recently, a group of atheists put Santa on billboards to encourage people to skip church at Christmas.
But Santa is based on the life of a real man whose generosity came from his following Jesus. Thus, Santa Claus actually points to Jesus.
“You were unaware that many organizations no longer serve alcoholic beverages due to liability issues and the fact that some religions and cultures are offended by the consumption of alcohol?”
“That’s right. As far as I was concerned, we were having a normal Christmas party. That’s why I brought a Christmas tree.”