Canadia - Rob Ford is a disgrace. He apparently represents some sort of class struggle in Toronto. This carnival of disgrace is eliminating the image of Canadia as "the shire." The temptation to revel in the discomfort of frequently priggish Canadians is strong, but to yield to such temptation would be base. Surely there is some way to get rid of this bum. There is no recall provision in Toronton, Ontarian or Canadian law? That is incredible. I suppose that lacuna in the law reflects a misplaced confidence in the decorum of Canadian public life. How about this thought? Can the Governor General remove him in the Queen's name? This would have the added benefit of providing some useful function for the GG.
The American Presidency - Running a large enterprise or perhaps almost any enterprise is an acquired and carefully cultivated skill. Obama never ran anything but his senate office staff before he took over the job of running the Executive Branch of the federal government. His detachment and self imposed isolation reflect that. The same things can be said of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. By all accounts neither of them have been secretaries of state who actually ran or run the Department of State. They have preferred to roam the world as the negotiator-in-chief. HC is clearly the front runner in the prospective succession follwing a failing Obama second term. She doesn't have any real experience of running organizations either. I suggest a former governor as the next president. Christie? I have doubts as to whether he will have appeal outside Sopranoland.
The ACA - I asked my doctor today if he understands the law. He does not and says that his colleagues do not either. A few points - How is the government going to know if you have health insurance or not? We do not seem to be required to inform the government. Will the IRS demand this information? If you have health insurance that suffices under the ACA and do not want to seek a subsidy foir health insurance, there is no reason for anyone to visit any health insurance exchange. So, how will they know what your status is? And then there is the matter of Medicaid expansion. In the states that accept expansion, a great many people are signing up for Medicaid after learning on the exchange websites that they are now Medicaid elegible by virtue of destitution of some kind. Medicaid (unlike Medicare) is altogether a cost center. There is no revenue in it at all from outside the federal and state governments. Was it not predictable that people who learn they can have Medicaid for free, will not buy subsidized private insurance which will, of course, still cost them something? Was the end game in the ACA a backdoor route to a single payer system for the people Obama dearly loves? A piedmont Virginian who does garden work for me expressed his view clearly. "The Democrats are just buying votes."
WTF? Over... Can single payer come far behind the collapse of this "system?" pl