Friday, January 28, 2011
This fresh look has inspired me to change my position on universal healthcare. It is unamerican to make people buy health insurance. This is a start but it doesn't go nearly far enough.In a move that even Michelle Bachman will like, I think we should also repeal the law that requires hospitals to treat the indigent.That way people still won't be able to skate until they get sick and then have the rest of us pick up the tab for their ER care. While we are at it we might also just outlaw health insurance outright. It just encourages sick people to seek care and we can't afford that anymore.This is also a bow to the consumer protection wing because we all know the waste and operating expenses of the insurance industry. Buying insurance to try to save money is like trying to beat the casino. It can't be done so let's protect all of us from being ripped off.With no price controls from Insurance companies(let's include Medicare here) prices could float in a free market.Who could argue against free enterprise? We would save billions every day! No more safety net. The circus is always more exciting without one. I know there are naysayers out there that would complain that we need to look at other issues and Lord knows I've harped on Healthcare before so lets move on.
Consumer protection. Get rid of all of it.Natural market forces will sort out the safe and unsafe products. Buyers who are killed by unsafe products aren't likely to buy them again.Their neighbors and loved ones will probably not buy either or a least go for a good discount.EPA? If it wasn't for those clowns we wouldn't have to buy oil to fry our fish.Straight from the water to the pan in it's natural gulf coast lubricant, that's how I like it.
Social Security is a drain on our system. We have promised more than we can deliver. The rich don't need it and it would be unfair to means test eligibility. Simple, lets just get rid of it. We can put the "Trust Fund" toward more tax cuts at the top or maybe eliminate corporate taxes all together. In a nod to those Darwinists, we can see if the fittest do actually survive.(Probably not, but we won't know unless we try.)
Locally, we can do away with Tax abatements for corporations. They are actually a redistribution of wealth where communities trade property tax revenues for the right to levy income taxes on workers. We are not going to need those new jobs anyway. You see, the secret to the jobs crisis is that in reality we have plenty of jobs. We just have way too many people.If we implement these proposed changes, our population will drop like a rock and we will soon return to blissful prosperity. If we need an extra boost we could also bring back that tasty treat "Soylent Green" Yum.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I had been eyeballing new point and shoot cameras for a while. The old one goes thru a lot of batteries and has a limited zoom range.I finally succumbed to temptation,( the only thing I can't resist.) Costco had an amazing deal on a new Panasonic Lumix with 12mp and a 12x optical zoom with image stabilization.That's like 25 to 300mm to us old 35mm shooters.It has lots of bells and whistles but I love that big zooming Leica lens the most . I thought you might like to see the zoom range in action.These shots are taken from the same spot at the extreme limits of the zoom.
Thanks to everyone who responded to the last post.Seems like the average potter may wear jeans about two weeks between washings but it can go from a week to a month.Now for those of you with your own studios, how often do you actually clean your wheel and splash pan? Daily,Weekly, Annually, or just when you have a studio sale?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In other matters, I would like to thank Hollis and Tracey Broome for putting up links to my site on their excellent Blogs.It's an honor to be included and I am already seeing more traffic.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Our son is an international marketing guru who lives in New York. He recently bought a 78 Jeep Cherokee on E Bay. So far so good but the Jeep was in Portland ,Oregon. He decided that he would drive it cross country and put his finger on the pulse of hope and optimism in the heartland as he went.Things went well to Boise where he discovered the joy of transmission trouble on a Friday. It was Wednesday before he was rolling again but the transmission mechanic was more hopeful about sending his kids to college. A few more stops brought studded snow tires and chains to help on the mountain passes. Before we knew it, he was in Kansas, Arkansas, Memphis, and our house.
We were more optimistic than we had been in a week. I have to admit it really is a cool ride. The kind that makes you overlook mechanical problems and just accept them as the price of admission.The next day, he headed for NYC after picking up his aunt Libby who had gotten stranded in Cincinnati while the east coast was snowed in. Last we heard everyone made it to New York and Ben had even found a parking space.