There is much talk of yet another Government shutdown, and if you listen to the usual Talking Heads they’ll tell you about the “Wall,” the Mueller investigation and such other things that this fight is “all about.” The problem is that it’s not just “The Wall.” It’s over 25% of the entire $1.24 TRILLION Budget, the so-called “Discretionary Budget.” And as you can imagine, it’s a morass of political favors and politicians paying back their benefactors.
Many people are seeing the announcement of the GM Plant closings as an indicator of an impending recession. Frankly, there are a number of people who are hoping that is what it means. But what if the real reason the plants are shutting down has little to do with the short term economic policies of the country and more to do with the long-term trends in automobile mercantilism?
Oh, and what do these plant closings and Constitution Thursday have to do with each other? You’ll have to tune in to Constitution Thursday this week to find out!
Among my favorite movies is the 1997 SciFi drama, Gattaca. NASA staff voted it “the most scientifically accurate” film ever. It dealt with the idea that there would be a time when genetic engineering would be so common that people could literally choose what characteristics their children would engineered and born with. And, as usual, what was once Science Fiction has become reality. This past week a Chinese scientist announced that he had used a process known as CRISPR Cas9, to engineer the genetics of two baby girls to be HIV resistant. The children were born this past week. Now ethical questions are swirling. What are the implications of a totalitarian government having a scientist genetically engineer children, is just a start…
“The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.”
Those are not my words, and frankly, I am not sure that I even believe that, but it is pretty much a universal belief among politicians and the political class. So as we watch another hurricane slosh ashore, we are inundated with news about how people are suffering and in danger because of… ?
Hurricane Florence has sloshed ashore. A day or two ago we were told that this would be the worst storm in all of human history. It’s not even close, probably not even in the Top 10, but that hasn’t stopped the whole idea that the first duty of government is to protect us from being inflicted.
Protect us from what, exactly?
Maybe from drunk drivers?
What happens when those politicians who have told me to my face that they believe that the first duty of government is to protect us are the very ones who are endangering us? They should resign. But instead, we get excuses and clarifications, not “protection” from these dangerous people…