So, are voters stupid? That’s often the question asked by the losing side in the last election. Since the voters did not choose us, the thinking goes, they must suffer from cognitive disabilities, or perhaps they were wooed by the clever and devious schemes of our enemies, who know they will not win on the merit of their ideas, but only by subterfuge and tricks to lure the gullible masses.
As they say in business, we are at the mercy of the supply chain. Having the best apples, hay and potatoes in the world is well and good, but not worth much unless the products can reach the customers. Close the West Coast ports and that’s it — half the customers in the world cut off.
They celebrate already. Based on a flood of leaks, it is certain President Obama soon will take executive action granting a temporary reprieve from deportation for illegal immigrants with close family ties in the United States, and visas for high-tech workers and others. Action may come as soon as next week, says The Wall Street Journal. The president says the action is justified by the perpetual do-nothing Congress, fiddling away in a time of obvious need.
My two sons have been indoctrinated by their well-meaning public schools to believe that college is a punishingly difficult pursuit of knowledge. Around the dinner table, however, they get the skinny from their parents: “It all depends on your major.”
It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of Obamacare, admitting that, in order to get it passed, the law was made deliberately obscure and deceptive. It constitutes the ultimate vindication of the charge that Obamacare was sold on a pack of lies.
The art of making things is making a comeback in the United States and Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz is hosting a “Makers Forum” next Thursday to highlight some of the impressive efforts — both industrial and small-scale — happening in the Wenatchee Valley.
Labor disputes with all the ugly trimmings — strikes, walkouts, lockouts, slowdowns, threats, etc. — are often baffling to the innocent bystanders. You can’t choose sides, not knowing what makes those people so angry. You know they fight over profits and who gets what, but right and wrong are in disguise. When both sides look rich, we ordinary people will never understand.
Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.