When to confront evil

In George Bush Intercontinental today, and the man in front of me was wearing a Maoist fatigue cap complete with not-so-little red star on the front.  Googled the cap description to confirm, and  I was right.  I wimped out and didn’t give the mass-murderer supporter a well-deserved piece of my mind.  I can justify it for a number of reasons, but the long and the short of it is that I feel both angry and guilty about it.

So, pass the original repeal already!

Now that the Trumpcare fiasco has flopped, pass the original repeal that Obama vetoed and dare Trump to veto that.  Promise any RINO squish who voted for the original repeal but threatens to vote no this time around that they WILL have ads running in their district in 2018 pointing out that they could have stopped Obamacare, but failed their constituents and the country.  Find some more Dave Brats and primary their butts.

People’s Republic of Chapel Hill strikes again.

Knickers twisted; schools closed Wednesday.  I had to sleep on this news tidbit, but after mulling it over, I believe the proper response for any parent living in Chapel Hill or Carrboro would be to call your local private or charter school and see if there are any openings, or a waiting list, or something.  Homeschool if you can pull off the time and dedication.  Or sell your house and move out of the city limits to a school district that won’t put up with this nonsense.  Or rent your house out to 6-10 UNC students looking to live off-campus if you can’t sell fast enough.  You could march in protest in front of the school board with your kids on Wednesday, but you probably have to work and have to save your protesting time for the weekends.

Tuition and Fees?

My daughter’s school sent me a link describing the NC Promise Tuition Plan.  Three schools in the University of North Carolina system (Elizabeth City State, UNC-Pembroke, and Western Carolina) have had their tuition reduced to $500/semester for in-state students, starting in 2018.

However, what caught my eye in the link were the fees.  Right now, at Western Carolina, tuition for a semester is $1,946, but fees for the semester are $2,678!  What in the world do those fees cover?  It’s not room and board as those are separate items.  It’s hard to imagine the cost of sponsored activities and recreation running over $100/week (assuming a 14-week semester), so what else could this be except padding the bill or cost-shifting?

An open letter to President George W. Bush

Dear President Bush,

I write to you today as a supporter who voted twice for you for President and believed that you truly had the best interests of the country at mind during your time in office.  I have noticed that after your eight years of silence in political affairs during the Obama administration, you have begun to voice your opinions to the public again with President Trump in office.  So far, those opinions have consistently appeared to be critical of President Trump and laudatory of the Obama family and their legacy.

I would like to bring the following points to your attention.

  1.  In office, President Trump appears to be working towards enacting the conservative policies that we elected you to do 16 years ago.  The style and tone of President Trump is considerably different than yours, but he is moving forward with plans to roll back the regulatory state, promote free enterprise, stop crony-capitalistic policies, control and enforce our immigration laws, and slow the erosion of classical Western values that serve as the bedrock on which the foundation of the American experiment is seated.
  2. The Obama legacy is eight years of failed economic policies, abandonment of foreign allies, kowtowing to foreign enemies, growth in the arbitrary, unelected, unaccountable administrative state and intensification of domestic divisions, all of which were knowingly aided and abetted by President Obama, his wife, and his other confederates.
  3. President Obama has consistently blamed all his problems at home and abroad on what he believes were the failed policies of your administration.

Perhaps an analogy would be helpful.  It has been widely reported that you decided to become more actively involved in politics as a result of Ann Richards’ speech at the 1988 Democratic convention where she remorselessly attacked your father, stating among other things that he had been “born with a silver foot in his mouth”.  As a “bitter clinger”, I put it to you that President Obama and his confederates have attacked Americans in word and deed as viciously as Ann Richards attacked your father.  I will go further and say that President Obama’s policies were worse for America than Ann Richards’ policies were for Texas.

Meanwhile, President Trump, despite my expectations, appears to be both conservative and effective in office.

I would ask you, Mr. President, that when it comes to President Trump, to remember the old Southern adage “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”  If you feel that you must become involved in American politics again, save your powder for the real enemies of the American dream; the ones that you refrained from commenting on for eight long years.