Saturday, May 21, 2011

Letter to Newt

Mr. Gingrich: I watched your interview on Meet The Press. The whole thing, live. Mr. Gregory asked you hard questions. I thought you handled them rather well. He was tough on your history of ugly divorces. You responded humbly.

But you did undermine Rep. Paul Ryan, and in a harsh way. And you quite clearly talked about health care, clarifying your point of view on coverage after Meet The Press showed a video from their archives (they are really good at digging up old, on-the-record stuff). In that video clip you supported mandatory health care.

(I understand the concept of mandatory healthcare; otherwise I don't know how the freeloader problem is ever resolved. But if we are ever going to restore any powers to the Commerce Clause, I don't see how a Federal mandatory program is Constitutional. The courts will eventually let us know.)

Overall, I thought you did quite a good job.

Then I heard you this week on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. If I hadn't watched Meet The Press, I might have bought your spin. But I did. And your spin was disingenuous at best. Stating that the quote clip was 18 years old and out of context. Where was that on Sunday?

Charges of flip/flopping on issues don't mean much to me. I usually learn something every day I didn't know. Seems to me it would be pretty dopey not to change positions if new facts and circumstances emerge. If you want to change your position on this issue, do it. But man-up and don't start trying to obfuscate. In the interim, you shouldn't criticize Mr. Romney for his foray into healthcare...

I thought you were an interesting candidate, but now I have my doubts.

Abortions and sonograms

Here in Texas we've passed a law requiring a sonogram before an abortion. Now I don't think America should take any national pride in the number of abortions, but they are at least currently legal. The one thing we are sure of is that, as a country, we have more debt than we can handle, and it is compounding away.

My questions are, first, who pays for those sonograms? And second, did this really have anything to do with abortion, or are some TX state reps getting some monster kickbacks from the companies that make sonogram equipment?

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ballmer: Time to Go

It is always sad when a CEO stays too long.  Ask someone who witnessed the last days of Peter Grace at W.R. Grace.or Richard Fuld at Lehman.  That is what we are witnessing at Microsoft.  Gates' buddy and long-time CEO Steve Ballmer has stayed long beyond his usefulness.  While Apple shares continue to set records, MSFT is about where it was in 2,000.

And after squandering $6 billion of shareholders' money on aQuantive, and attempting to buy even more of Yahoo, MSFT is offering $8.5 billion for Skype.  How is MSFT going to get a return on that?  Answer : they don't know.  Ballmer is flailing around looking for something that can help.

Steve, you are now acting like a crazy man.  Time for you to leave.  Resign.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

President Obama & OBL

OK - conservative buddies: The President deserves plenty of credit for getting OBL.  Yes, President Bush authorized interrogation techniques that probably helped. But, the raid could have backfired.  Remember the raid authorized by President Carter?  Disaster.  If that had happened, we would have pilloried the President.

Give credit where credit is due.  He took a big risk.  He earned this time.
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