Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 37

On Health Care Legislation
As Republicans continue to oppose many ideas in health care legislation, one has to wonder what is going on in negotiations. It must be the legislators making sure their state receives money for something. So in terms of the GOP, their constituents get something as they vote no. Hail to the congressional way of piling on that pork while straying away from the problem and its solution!

The other hands in the fray are those of the lobbyists as they are spending big bucks to get their needs. See these figures from the Sunshine Foundation regarding the Senate Finance Committee. Do you think there’s a relationship between contributions and votes?

On Health Care Expenditures
President Obama says he will not sign any bill that would increase the deficit or increase taxes. Well, that leaves spending cuts – and Congress is going to do that? Now that’s unfortunately funny.

On Partisanship
Here’s a great descriptive quote from the Brookings Institute about the current political climate.

Party polarization—the ideological gap in Congress between Democrats and Republicans–is at its highest level in more than a century. Today, for the first time in modern history—maybe ever—the most conservative Democratic senator is to the left of the most liberal Republican. There is literally no ideological overlap between the parties. This structural fact dramatically lowers the prospects for a “coalition of the center”; there are fewer people within hailing distance of the center than there used to be.

In the spirit of Sarah Palin’s continual barking about “death panels”, Joe Wilson’s “you lie”, and countless number of false statements about health care reform from both sides of the aisle, now we can add Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) for his description of the Republican health care plan to the pathetic group of people voters put into office.

I know that some of the news regarding community-action group ACORN is driven by Republicans, but ACORN is an albatross around the Democrats neck; thus they should cut ties. Since the truth is somewhere in the middle, I find it unacceptable.

On Some Football Tidbits

  • Last Saturday I attended the Fresno-Cincinnati game at Nippert Stadium. Although the Bearcats won 28-20, time of possession and total yards were interesting. Fresno 43:42, 443 yards; UC 16:18, 357 yards.
  • UC is at Miami (OH) this weekend for the  battle of the Victory Bell in the oldest rivalry west of the Alleghenies.
  • Last Sunday the NFL had an oddity: The Jets, wearing old Titan uniforms, beat the Titans, wearing old Oiler uniforms.

On Phil
After a year of difficult family news on more than one front, it was good to see golfer Phil Michelson win the last big tournament of the year.

On a Wine Remedy
For those who don’t know, I enjoy wine. Here’s an article about the possibility of wine preventing gallstones!

On Current Disasters
Thoughts and prayers go out to Filipinos and Samoans as the cope with their losses.

On the Real Men of Genius
As baseball’s regular season comes to an end, I will miss the Bud Light commercials featuring the Real Men of Genius. Here’s the entire library.

On for Your Entertainment
For those who haven’t seen the toddler dancing to Beyonce, check it out!
Meanwhile, since I enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire and its music, here’s Jai Ho with the Pussycat Dolls.