On Opinions in the Short: Vol. 34

On PeteAnniversary
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of MLB’s banishment of Pete Rose from baseball. It must be the reason for the uptick of readings of this archived post.

On More Misinformation
As I stated in this recent post, health care debacle continues to be an ever-flowing fountain of misinformation. Here are a couple of more.

Rep Roy Blunt (R-Mo)
“I’m 59. In either Canada or Great Britain, if I broke my hip, I couldn’t get it replaced.”
PolitiFact Rating: Pants on Fire – PolitiFact Explanation

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)
“We spend twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation on Earth.”
PolitiFact Rating: False – PolitiFact Comment: As long as Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and others aren’t “nations on Earth” – PolitiFact Explanation

President Obama (D)
“If we went back to the obesity rates that existed back in the 1980s, the Medicare system over several years could save as much as a trillion dollars.”

PolitiFact Rating: False – PolitiFact Explanation

On Insurance Companies
Who do insurance companies represent: doctors, hospitals, or patients? The answer is none of them because their prime concern is to the shareholders via Wall Street. Dropping insurers, limiting coverage, and raising premiums are actions they do to maintain profits.

On the Economy
Now this is quite the paradox of 2 lives As Wall Street continues to be on a roll, the Americans continue to lose jobs and jobs remain difficult to find.

On the Pan Am Bomber’s Release
Last week’s release of the Pam Am bomber brought out the full range of emotions. On one hand I had a difficult time understanding the response by the Libyan people at the airport. On the other hand I understood Scotland’s compassion and the anger from many family members of victims. Given the different emotions, I kept thinking about the concept of forgiveness. It’s easy to seek, but difficult to grant. As a Christian I continually reminded of Pope John Paul II going to the prison to forgive the person who tried to kill him.

On Social Security Reduction
Recent news seems to indicate an upcoming reduction in social security payments. Not a surprise when considering the current number of unemployed. Let us remember that withholding only occurs on salaries up to $106,800; that’s approximately 25% of the minimum salary of a Major League Baseball player.