Framing the Dialogue

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When Pigs Fly

It’s an oft repeated story, government’s abuse of power discriminated against a group.  In this case the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) denied loans to black farmers based on race.  A group of black farmers (I wonder why they are “black” farmers and not “African-American” farmers) sued and after a while the USDA admitted to the discrimination.   The USDA settled the Pigford vs Glickman case and agreed to pay affected black farmers $50,000 per claim.  Here is my first hiccup.  The USDA, while a bloated bureacracy, is made up of people some of whom discriminated against black farmers.  None of the article that I read mentioned anything about people being fired, going to jail, or being fined because of the offenses.  Yet another case of government screwing up and costing us money.

Higher Education

As my two eldest children prepare to go back to college life our house we again begin looking at ways to pay for our portion of the bill.  We have been fortunate because the schools that they chose (both are private schools) have been very generous with scholarships, grants, and work-study jobs.  There still is, however, a significant portion of the bill that we have to pay in some way.

One Education Under Obama

Somewhat lost in all of the ballyhoo over health care was a provision snuck in late in the process.  Did the Democrats add some language to provide some relief to doctors against excessive lawsuits?  Maybe they snuck in an allowance for insurance companies to be allowed to sell health care insurance across state lines and spread the risk?  How about a provision to allow more use of health savings accounts that accumulate throughout your lifetime?  What about loosening requirements for insurance plans to cover everything from addadicktomies, to botox injections (sorry Ms. Pelosi), to counselling when someone is mean to you?  I know they added a provision to make health insurance more portable?