I had a nice
Thanksgiving weekend except for the hours I spent choosing another
If you think
you are an intelligent person, wait until you are approaching 65 and
have to make the Medicare decision; you will discover humility.
I managed to
do well that first time I chose and had been happy with my plan. But it
was cancelled for 2010 so I started over.
was more challenging because while comparing various choices, I had to
try to factor in what ObamaCare might do to them. I picked another
Medicare Advantage plan, knowing that President Obama wants to get rid
of all of those private insurance options that cover millions of seniors
So today I
am watching the televised Senate debate on ObamaCare, which could force
me to change plans again. I'm also listening to talk radio, and heard
WTKK's Michael Graham discussing the latest proposal to make us
taxpayers bail out homeowners who overextended themselves in the
mortgage markets. Heard another discussion about the Copenhagen
climate-change conference which could lead to us paying higher taxes to
"stop global warming," which may really be global cooling.
Obama is about to begin a debate on whether the war in Afghanistan
should be paid for with new taxes or spending cuts.
is that the USA is in such debt, with such huge, unfunded liabilities,
that it can't afford to accelerate the war, deal with climate change in
whichever direction, bail out everybody and everything in sight, and
give affordable health insurance to everyone. We can't keep borrowing
from China to run our country, even though China is apparently committed
to lending us enough money so we can buy the things that China exports.
reminds me: Don't forget to shop until you drop for the holidays. Borrow
if you must. Your country's economy must grow! If you overextend, we'll
bail you out.
economic and political agenda is impossible. The national status quo is
Now on WRKO
radio, Avi Nelson is discussing the theory of evolution, and it's my
fault. Last week he had talked about Sarah Palin's book, and because he
is critical of her, he received a lot of calls from her supporters,
arguing that people can be intelligent without being intellectuals
(which some of us define as "over-educated snobs lacking in common
sense"). Anyhow, I suggested that on his next show, Avi talk about a
timely subject — the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's
"On the Origin of Species" — to learn just how intelligent the RKO
callers are; something that can be judged, in my humble opinion, by
whether one accepts or denies the theory of evolution.
Bad plan. So
far the RKO quiz indicates that only 55 percent of listeners accept the
theory of evolution. Some callers who dismiss Avi's scientific arguments
seem deficient in both intelligence and common sense, which to me is
like both evolution and the theory of "intelligent design." It seems to
me that wondering how the universe and evolution began is part of
scientific inquiry. But this middle ground in the ongoing debate is a
I want to
turn off the TV and radio and escape to a more rational time. First an
hour spent with Thomas Jefferson during the Age of Reason; and another,
earlier hour with Aristotle during the Golden Age of Greece.
Has human evolution already peaked? Are we now devolving to become
irrational creatures who doubt fossil evidence on the right and
mindlessly accept global-warming propaganda on the left?
scoff at intelligent design believe that ObamaCare will cut the budget
deficit! Conservatives who ask, "Where in the Constitution does it say
the government can force us to have health insurance?" insist that
somewhere in there it says the government can torture people.
God, corporeal, banging His head against His throne: "I gave them
brains! I left them clues. I gave them stories to hold them over until
they discovered science. I thought they'd appreciate the challenge of
discovery! I encouraged the Age of Reason to create a great nation. What
answer that; am still escaping. Back, back to the common apelike
ancestor, to the first mammals, to the fish, to the single-celled
creature, absorbing nutrients through its skin.
rather chew turkey leftovers. I love that I evolved! Thank you,
little trip did me good. Avi has changed subjects and is now saying that
because the Gore "scientists" have been caught ignoring some
"inconvenient" actual climate data, the economy-killing cap-and-trade
bill may be dead.
television, Republicans have begun exposing what is actually in that
Senate health insurance bill; a few more weeks of debate, and the
American public may stop this abomination and make Democrats start over
with simpler reforms. Maybe there's intelligent life in the universe
after all, and maybe we are it!
I just read
that new, giant telescopes will soon be able to see back in time to the
creation of galaxies.
Intelligent Designer will be there, waiting for us to make Him proud.