Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Interesting Week in being a Jew

It has been an interesting week in being a Jew.

Making a snarky comment that Trump's Holocaust Day message may be an appeal to the left, led to my explaining how much anti-Jewish* expression I had experienced from the left -- which I gather was something of a surprise.

Then, Eugenia (the daughter) and I saw a significant number of signs at the Westlake pro-refugee rally expressing Jewish solidarity.  

Finally, Sam (the son), who is in middle school reported that 'Jew' was now being used as a generic insult, by some students, even to non-Jews (like gay).

He himself had been called 'f---ing Jew' on a couple of occaisions.  (And yes we have mentioned this to the principal.)

I don't think this will come as much of a surprise to my fellows.

Ironically, the strip from the comic Retail expresses my feelings about how the generality might see this:

*I prefer anti-Jewish to anti-semitism, a term implicitly coined to replace Judenhass (Jew Hater), by Judenhassen, with something that sounded more scientific.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What if he does something right?

Reading Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan, does not fill me with warm fuzzies, ACA is problematic, what if he actually comes up with a workable plan?

I am not channeling, Nicole Kidman, but here are some things he has said which I could support:

  • The F35 Joint Strike Fighter is overpriced and doesn't work
  • The federal government should negotiate a good deal with pharma for Medicare and Medicade
  • The current 17 spy agencies the US has are an overlapping set of bureaucracies 
  • Everyone ought to have health insurance
  • Social Security and Medicare should be protected

Do I believe he will follow through on this?  No.

I doubt he has the ability or concentration to do anything like this.

And the thought of him pushing this through the  Republicans in the Congress is laughable.

The only thing more laughable would be seeing how the soft left tries to deal with it.

But what if....