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Fund: "Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal"

John Fund compares media coverage of today's Trump/Russia influence peddling scandal with that of the Clinton/Chinese 20 years ago. LINK


[A] little humility and honesty on the part of the media would be appropriate. Much of the breathless and constant coverage of the Russia scandal is motivated by the media’s hatred of Donald Trump, which is of course reciprocated.

When it came to the Clintons, the media tended to downplay or even trivialize many of their scandals. But, to be fair, a little bit of self-awareness is beginning to show up in the Russia coverage. Last Thursday, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC noted that when it came to “opening the door” to lowering the standards of conduct by a modern president, Bill Clinton led the way with his lying and scandalous behavior. She was referring, of course, to the Lewinsky scandal, but her comments are equally appropriate to the many other Clinton scandals that didn’t receive wall-to-wall coverage.

Josh Rago Knows Healthcare

Josh Rago on current status of Health Care replacement bill in Senate.  Here

Key points of new bill:

1) (5 minute) Under Obamacare, non-disabled, non-elderly, childless adults making under $16K get States a 90-95% subsidy for Medicaid while the rest (aged, infirm, kids, etc.) are only subsidized at 50% (pre-Obamacare rates). This was done to encourage the young to sign up for Medicaid and in turn incentivized States to sign up healthy young people instead of others so they'd get more dollars.  The new bill gives states a block sum to decide what to do with. The subsidy rates are equalized. They help pay for this by keeping investment tax on wealthy.

2) (9 Minute) Criticism of Cruz amendment that allows all insurance companies that offer at least one Obamacare type plan the ability to offer other plans with more options. This will lead to plans that are high risk. Cruz agrees and says that way we can fund the money directly from taxpayers to the high risk plans since it is apparent…

Universalism didn't work

"The ideas that define and govern our nation come from a specific culture, and that culture comes from (and has defined) a specific place. The Founders were heirs to a specific intellectual and religious tradition — one that is both alien and superior to many competing cultures and faiths."

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449307/trump-poland-speech-western-civilization-values-universalism

What is "The West"

Pithily

"Every descendant of Africa and Asia who lives in the West and broadly affirms the values that shaped Western civilization is a Westerner. Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters are as much sons of the West as J.S. Bach and Ludwig von Beethoven."

Source

Knowledge

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge,” Daniel Boorstin via this article.

Is this thing on?

Why, yes it is!  Will I use it?  We'll see...