Thursday, May 28, 2015

Freeing Innovators

For John, BLUFWhy is Boston Government beating down Uber?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Even before we kill all the lawyers, we need to kill all the headline writers.  This item from The Hill is a prime example, "Warren:  Explosion of contract workers 'a problem'".

Senator E Warren is concerned about unemployment benefits for Uber workers and their ilk.  This is a legitimate concern and we need creative solutions.  What worries me is that a too quick jump to a permanent solution will stifle innovation and thus (1) hurt consumers and (2) result in people who might otherwise have chances at employment being unemployed.  This is another problem for Dr Hernando De Soto.

Here is the last paragraph of the article.

The Republican National Committee has said that sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb are evidence of the kind of innovations they say can be stifled by regulation.
Hat tip to Mr Rob Eno, of Red Mass Group, via Facebook.

Regards  —  Cliff

Seven Reasons for Walker

For John, BLUFA successful governor, in a Blue State, because he does what he promises.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Back in early March I said that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would be the Republican nominee in 2016.

From the PJ Tatler, we have Mr Scott Ott and "The 7 Reasons Scott Walker Should Get the Republican Nomination for President".

I would add that Governor Walker's spouse's given name is Tonette.  She is fascinating of and in itself.

Mr Ott notes that in Wisconsin, under Governor Walker, class sizes are now smaller.  It is just a problem the children of Wisconsin are going to have to deal with.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Perkins Flag Returns to Place of Honor

For John, BLUFSunday, 31 May, at 10:00 AM—see you there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Return to Old Glory will be banner day"

Reporter Grant Welker, from The [Lowell] Sun talks today to "Restored Civil War flag to be unveiled Sunday at Lowell Memorial Auditorium".  Here is the lede:

LOWELL— The flag has certainly been through a lot in its 150 years.

It flew over a battle between Union troops and Confederates in Louisiana in 1862, a fight that included many from Lowell.  One of them, Solon Perkins, a lieutenant, may even have worn the flag as a sash when he was shot to death in battle.

It was beat up, and then it was almost lost for good.

The flag was donated to Lowell Memorial Auditorium in 1929 but appears to have been moved to the basement when a flood in 1936 reached all the way up to the building’s Hall of Flags.  That's where it sat for decades until early 2014, when employees of Global Spectrum, the operator of the auditorium, found it behind a piano.

That is when the Greater Lowell Veterans Council was invited in to help and restoration began.  Restoration complete, there will be a formal return of the flag to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium's Hall of Flags this Sunday (31 May), at 10 a.m.

So, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium's Hall of Flags is the place to be this Sunday.

By the way, if you wish to EMail Reporter Grant Welker, you can use

See you there Sunday morning.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Health Care Reform

For John, BLUFBreaking up monopolies is a good thing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I fairly often hear defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act throw out the "so what is your solution?"  Frankly, as I have been saying, the answer is to fund the Public Health Service to bring into uniform some 80,000 new physicians, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners and assign them to those areas where the density of physicians is low.  Part of their charge would be the education of the population as to modern health practices and how the population should interact with the medical profession.

So, I was happy to see, in the blog Marginal Revolution, this item, "Is there a creeping deregulation of health care?"  It is short, so I recommend you take a peek.

This is the kind of thing that Economist Hernando De Soto would approve. Regards  —  Cliff

  The number is probably not 80,000.  It may be less.  I leave the final number to the health economists.

Poor Ben Franklin

For John, BLUFCan we say it is Kerry being Kerry?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From a posting on Facebook I ended up at Cybercast News Service, with this item, "Kerry:  Ben Franklin Could Not Be Confirmed to Office If He Lived Today".

Our Secretary of State, John F Kerry, might be correct.  I am sure the late Senator John Tower would agree.  Since SecState Kerry was talking in the Benjamin Franklin room, perhaps he recalled his own Nay vote on Senator Tower's nomination for Secretary of Defense.  The nominee had a reputation for drinking and womanizing, and for not suffering fools gladly.

Regards  —  Cliff

  When I was on Staff Course I was counseled by the Commandant that "you do not suffer fools gladly'.  Ever since then I have tried to put up with fools with a good sense of humor.  As an aside, I do wonder who Senator Tower had in mind.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Dr Carson Wins Straw Poll

For John, BLUFThe GOP faithful want a winner.  He or she could be purple, if they were seen as a winner.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Listening to Fox News this AM I heard that Dr Ben Carson had one a recent straw poll.  So I checked Memorandum and then The New York Times.  Even Drudge. Nota.  So, to the Fox News website and from there following a link to NewsMax.
Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Saturday won the straw poll of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City — beating last year's winner, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Maybe he won because he is a physician.

It would be interesting if the first Black President whose ties go back to slavery is a Republican.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFDon't let freedom slip away.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

My Buddy Neal has the following tag line on his EMails this month.
When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. 
 When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
— journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961)
Perhaps I am just in a "Dorothy" period.

Regards  —  Cliff