Monday, March 29, 2010

Biding time in Toronto airport tab dump 

Got up at 4:30 this morning, flew to Toronto, and am now theoretically on my way back. Newark is a mess, though, so in reality I'm biding my time in Toronto waiting for the dream of a flight. Not surprisingly, I have accumulated tabs, many of which come from the helpful contributors out there in Facebook land.

Health care "reform": Did we really just create Fannie/Freddie on steroids?

It seems to me that filling out one's own tax return should be a basic requirement for serving as Commission of the Internal Revenue Service. Otherwise, how do you know how hard you are making it for the (admittedly shrinking percentage of) Americans who actually pay federal income taxes?


Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan.

I remember that, too. And don't miss the reference to "befouling the presidential nest," itself an unpleasant metaphor for the Oval Office.

The Skadden Arps law firm has prepared a useful summary of the health care "reform" law. I have not read it, but will on the flight home.

Theo Spark has "random thoughts for the day," and I agree with every single one.

Sort of the opposite of the Golden Rule.

A "Patriots Guide: What You Can Do for Your Country." Read it, do it.

If you know about an "earmark" -- they are fiendishly difficult to detect -- register it here. Without the data, retribution is not possible.

The growing largess heaped upon government employees, who now make substantially more than their private sector counterparts. The hard grow harder, and the soft get softer. Reference.

Health care "reform" is going to make a lot of "rule of law" conservatives squirm.


By Anonymous MerNJ, at Mon Mar 29, 09:09:00 PM:

Yeah, the Toronto- Newark flights and rain don't mix. Hope you're not on Air Canada because they're quick to cancel fligts for weather. Good luck!  

By Blogger Don Cox, at Tue Mar 30, 04:32:00 AM:

"the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan."

How do their records as State Governors compare?  

By Anonymous Everyman, at Tue Mar 30, 03:03:00 PM:

Whatever happened to that once-constant chant of equal-pay-for-equal-work? Is it no longer operative?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Mar 30, 03:29:00 PM:

My maps shows 488 miles from Princton to Toronto.

I've driven most of it and it is really a pretty drive. Plus your fate is in your own hands when you drive.

Anything under about 350 miles is a gimme for driving - but I often drive 400 to 500.

It's nice to be in the car by yourself for a long haul once in a while.

Instead of getting up at 4:30 you leave the night before and drive 3 or 4 hours and stay at a nice hotel and drink a beer. Get up the next morning and drive another 3 and you are there. Have a leasurly meeting hop in car drive to a nice resort in the finger lakes - good meal and wine - good nights sleep. Arise at a civil hour the next morning and drive 3 or 4 hours home - nice and rested -not beat and stressed.

No TSA agents - no parking - no delayed flights - no 300 lb woman sitting in your lap.

Just my .02  

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