Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Diversity Hypocrisy on Campus


While the values espoused by conservatives include hard work, morality, and thrift, one of the most favorite values of liberals is diversity. Unfortunately, this is often a false value that is rarely actually displayed by liberal institutions. For example, higher education is a bastion of liberal thought where diversity is king (or should I say queen in the interests of diversity).

Sadly, the diversity in action is wildly missing when it comes to diversity of thought. The percentage of liberals teaching or administering at most leading universities can be up to ninety percent or more, hardly evidence of diversity.

You may argue that this is because no conservative wants a career in positions such as theater, women's literature, and queer studies but couldn't the universities at least invite conservatives to speak at graduations? In the interest of diversity, we should expect at least half of the commencement speakers to be conservatives, right?

Here is a list of commencement speakers at the leading U.S. universities for 2014 and 2015. Liberals in blue, conservatives in red.

Ivy League Schools

Brown University - Former San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan (2015) / Writer Isabel Wilkerson, a former NY Times bureau chief and expert on black migration (2014)

Columbia University - Democrat Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (2015) / Actor and Screenwriter Dan Futterman (2014)

Cornell University - Former Democrat congresswoman Gabby Giffords (2015) / Actor Ed Helm, known for The Office and Hangover. (2014)

Dartmouth College - Sometimes conservative New York Times Columnist David Brooks (2015) / TV Producer Sonda Rhimes, known for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts appointed by Barack Obama (2014)

Harvard University - Liberal former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (2015) / Liberal former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (2014)

Princeton University - Director Christopher Nolan (2015) / Former Vice President Al Gore the climate change prophet (2014)

University of Pennsylvania - Samantha Powers, US Ambassador to the United Nations (2015) / Singer John Legend, known for supporting Earth Institute's sustainable development and AIDS Service Center NYC (2014)

Yale University - Vice President Joe Biden (2015) / Democrat Secretary of State John Kerry (2014)

Other Top Line Schools

Duke University - Paul Farmer, CEO, Partners in Health, social justice champion (2015) / General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2014)

John Hopkins University - Pixar President Ed Catmull, Democrat contributor (2015) / YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Democratic fund raiser (2014)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Megan Smith, CTO of United States appointed by Barack Obama (2015) / Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, 61% of political donations made to Democrats (2014)

Northwestern University - alumni IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (2015) / Conductor Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2014)

Stanford University - Liberal NBC News correspondent Richard Engel (2015) / Liberal philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates (2014)

Tufts University - Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State (2015) / Anne Marie Slaughter, former Democrat State Department official (2014)

University of California Berkeley - Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, regular Democrat campaign contributor (2015) / Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (2014)

University of Southern California -  Chicago investment fund president and big Democrat campaign donor Mellody Hobson (2015) / Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, regular Democrat campaign contributor (2014)

University of Notre Dame - BBC Chairman Chris Patten, former Conservative member of Parliament (2014 rescheduled to 2015 due to health reasons)

University of Rochester - Education strategist Deborah Bial (founder and president of The Posse Foundation) (2015) / Liberal CNN commentator Chris Matthews (2014)

Wake Forest University - Stephen Colbert, Comedian (2015) / Jill Abramson, executive editor, New York Times (2014)

Williams and Mary - Condoleezza Rice, Bush Secretary of State (2015) / Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry (2014)

So, out of 20 top schools, only four conservative speakers in the past two years were invited to speak to graduates, only one if you focus on Ivy League schools.

Where is the diversity?

Not at our most prestigious universities.

Liberals seek a diversity of gender, sexual orientation, or skin color, but the last thing they want is a diversity of thinking.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

ObamaCare Winners and Losers


TIME Magazine's Steven Brill did us a great service in writing his book, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System. Brill leans left, but his does not pull any punches in pointing out the significant problems with ObamaCare. Having finished reading the book, I have a better understanding of the winners and losers created by the ObamaCare mess.

WINNERS

1. Trial Lawyers. Brill estimates that at least 5% of medical costs are due to extra defensive medical testing and other excesses related to dealing with ambulance chasers. ObamaCare did nothing to reduce this contributing cost to high health care costs because trial lawyers are big Democrat donors.

2. Drug Companies. Because of heavy contributions to both Republicans and Democrats, congress won't take actions to control the cost of prescription medicines. A proposal to allow people to buy drugs from Canada for significant savings was shot down. A rule that requires Medicare to pay higher than average prices for drugs was also not addressed. As a major buyer of medicines, Medicare should be able to demand significant discounts, just like all insurance companies do, but they are not allowed to in order to protect drug company profits. At one point ObamaCare was structured to favor generic drugs. However, in the final version, Big Pharma was able to get co-pay free drugs approved. This means that a more expensive name brand drug would be picked because it was available without a co-pay - no upfront cost to the customer, but higher costs overall that increases premiums for everyone.

3. Hospitals. For years hospitals have had to absorb losses from serving people in emergency rooms who could not pay their bills. Brill estimates this could be 5% of their revenues. Now that many of these people have insurance, they will be collecting fees from insurance and writing off fewer bad debts, resulting in another new source of income. Hospitals were big ObamaCare supporters because the recognized they would be getting more customers out of the deal, with hardly any change to their billing practices.

3. Lower Middle Class Families. In pre-ObamaCare 21st Century America, many people worked in low paying jobs with no medical coverage. These people went without medical care or used emergency rooms. There is no question these people are big winners. They are getting more access to health care because other people (or future people) are footing the bill.

4. Federal Contractors. Creating heathcare.gov cost hundreds of millions of dollars, even when it didn't work! This was a windfall to the federal contractors who won bids to create the program.

LOSERS

1. Obama's Leadership Reputation. Even rabid Obama supporters can't defend the way the Obama administration botch the creation of healthcare.gov. White House advisers recommended bringing in an experienced high tech business manager to run the operation. Obama instead gave the lead job to a former college professor with no business or tech experience.

2. Secretary Sebelius. Her Health and Human Services job was supposed to have gone to former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, a health care reform wonk and Washington insider, but his nomination would not go through. Instead we got cabinet secretary that was clueless to the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. She was pushed out the door once it was clear it would not overly embarrass the president.

3. Democrat Office Holders. The number of Democrats in congress has dropped by 70 and in the senate by 14 since ObamaCare passed. Obama squandered the big lead the nation gave Democrats because they were weary of Bush's wars.

4. Health Care Reformers. All health care experts acknowledge that American health care is too expensive for the results we get for the money spent. Some reformers were naiive and believed that ObamaCare would find ways to reduce costs. That might have been possible with a capable leader, but not easy. What we got, from Mr. Lead-From-Behind, was a program that gives more people access to our expensive system. No wonder Obama got no opposition from doctors, hospitals, and drug companies - ObamaCare gave them all more customers pretty much paying the same rates, with the government footing the bill.

How bad did ObamaCare blow its chance to fix health care? Here is a quote from Confidence Men, by liberal author Ron Suskind where he talks about Dartmouth Method reformer Dr. Jim Weinstein, whose research had found widespread waste and unnecessary procedures throughout the health care industry and was hopeful that ObamaCare would address these obvious problems.  However, special interests squelched any chance at these much needed reforms.

     To spend a ¨once-in-a-generation¨ effort on extending coverage to the uninsured--without any real teeth in using evidence about what was effective in reducing unnecessary procedures, and driving down costs--was a ¨stunning error.¨

     ¨It made things worse,¨ he said solemnly.

     And then he got frustrated. ¨I can´t believe how wrong they got it. This was our one chance, and we completely blew it.¨

5. Future Generations. The biggest loser by far is future generations. Too late to be included in Brill's book, earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office scored ObamaCare and released a report showing that ObamaCare spending is only covered by 1/3 in new ObamaCare revenue. The other 2/3 must be paid for by borrowing, to the tune of over $1 trillion over the next ten years alone.

This means that with ObamaCare we will be spending health care dollars now and expecting our children and grandchildren to pay it back later. Who really wants to defend this funding system?


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Fiddlin' - Hillary Sings Her Champion Song ;)


Hillary Clinton keeps telling people, "I want to be your champion," so let's have her sing it in a song . . .

I Am Your Champion
Sing to the tune of We are the Champions by Queen.

I've paid my dues,
Now it’s my time.
I've dumped my server,
But committed no crime.
And bad mistakes ‒
I've made a few.
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face,
But I've come through.

(BILL: And yet she just goes on and on, and on, and on)

I’ll be your champion, my friends,
And I'll keep obfuscating 'til the end.
I am your champion.
You are just chumps, friends.
I’ll help you losers,
'Cause I am the champion,
Of the world.

I've taken big fees,
And big foreign hauls,
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it,
I thank you all.

But it's been no bed of roses,
No pleasure cruise.
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race,
And I ain't gonna lose.

(BILL: And yet she just goes on and on, and on, and on)

I’ll be your champion, my friends,
And I'll keep obfuscating 'til the end.
I am your champion.
You are just chumps, friends.
I’ll help you losers,
'Cause I am the champion,
Of the world.

I’ll be your champion, my friends,
And I'll keep campaigning 'til the end.
I am your champion.
You are just chumps, friends.
I’ll help you losers,
'Cause I am the champion.


For an index of all Fiddling Ant parody songs, click here.

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