Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunday: John MacArthur On the Biblical Perspective Of Global Warming

UNCOMPROMISING, SCATHING AND WORTH LISTENING TO. Man was designed to be the steward of natural systems.

Mercedes Commercial I Didn't Expect To See---Maybe We're In For A Cultural Revival


THIS ARTICLE BY MARK SAYERS AND VIDEO WAS ON THE GOSPEL COALITION last month, but somehow I missed it. Wow! What a cultural statement Mercedes is making in our degenerate society.  It speaks volumes to the illusion of freedom with unlimited sexual freedom and anything goes living bringing true happiness and maturity. It's not real life. Needless to say,  I would change its poignant message of Grow Up and Start a Family to Grow Up, Get Married, Then Start a Family. Still, this commercial is certainly a start in the right direction.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, Psalm 1

Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)

1 BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

King James Version (KJV)

Edward Watson @PJMedia The World's Debt To Jesus Christ  (General Grace)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Tamny On Lessons of Amazon's 2nd Headquarters Search

WHILE REPUBLICAN SHOULD BE CHEERED for pursuing tax reductions, the corporate portion of their tax plan is right out of the early part of the 20th century when the top companies were long on plant & equipment.  As Amazon's search for a 2nd headquarters reveals in bright colors, the prominent companies of the 21st century are long people as opposed to machinery.  Worse, the GOP continues to promote the fiction that there's $2.5 trillion "stranded overseas" as though overseas profits are literally stuffed in a vault.  Tax cuts are great, but they'll be discredited if they're about less than nothing.  Subsidization of plant & equipment purchases and repatriation holidays are surely about less than nothing, while the capital subsidy is legitimately anti-growth.  RealClearMarkets.

By John Tamny

In 2006 Warren Buffett invested $4.5 billion in Iscar, an Israel-based machine-tools maker.  Notable is that Iscar was within easy distance of the enemy rockets that exist as a constant threat to the small country, its businesses, and most important of all, its people.  For that reason, the investment puzzled some of Buffett's admiring watchers. 

But it turns out the Nebraskan wasn't fazed in the least by the risk of having a substantial asset so close to enemy fire.  As Buffett biographer Alice Schroeder explained it, "if Iscar's facilities are bombed, it can go build another plant. The plant does not represent the value of the company. It is the talent of the employees and management, the international base of customers, and the brand that constitute Iscar's value."

Schroeder's reply about what drives Buffett's thinking should be taped on the wall of every member of Congress, regardless of Party.  And as the Republicans are happily writing a tax-cut bill right now, Schroeder's reply should force a rethink of the GOP's tax-cut strategy.  This isn't a call for the Republicans to reverse course on tax reduction (quite the opposition) as much as it's a reminder that their very public focus on immediate expensing of planet and equipment purchases, along with repatriation of profits "stranded" overseas, amounts to a lot of nothingness.

Evidence supporting the above claim comes care of Buffett's Iscar investment, but also via Amazon's recent announcement that it's looking for a non-Seattle city in which it will create a second corporate headquarters.  The Seattle giant's requirements reveal in bright colors why the corporate portion of the GOP's planned tax reform will not live up to expectations. 
RealClearMarkets contributor Allan Golombek explained well what Amazon is looking for in a second city:

Amazon has stated that to even be considered as the home of its second corporate headquarters, a city needs a million-plus metropolitan population, mass transit, a strong higher education system, a large technically fluent workforce, and the ability to attract and retain skilled workers. In other words, they want immediate access to the kind of workforce they need to compete, targeting software development engineers, accountants and administrative personnel, with many of the jobs paying $100,000.

Amazon's needs speak to the basic truth that people drive economic progress, not natural resources, buildings, or subsidies.  While Amazon will no doubt seek - and receive - tax inducements from the winning city, the bigger driver of the company's decision about where to put down substantial roots will be the quality of the people in the chosen area. 

What's important about Amazon's headquarter search with tax reform in mind is that the promised Republican subsidization of plant and equipment purchases through immediate expensing is revealed as pointless, and arguably anti-growth.  That's because the best and most valuable companies of today don't have major plant and equipment needs. 

Uber and its $70 billion valuation is a function of an app that people can download on their phones, along with the long-term ability of the ride-hailing innovator to attract the people capable of extrapolating the app's use to all manner of goods and services.  Google has its GooglePlex, but if California's taxation ever becomes too onerous, the technology company won't miss a beat.  It will simply move its top asset - the people who show up for work every day - to the many cities, states, and countries that would welcome it with open arms.  Apple has its amazing new headquarters, but the headquarters are a happy effect of the genius thinkers who darken its futuristic spaceship's doors each day. 

So while many of today's most prominent American companies (Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft presently list as the five most valuable companies in the world) certainly have gleaming headquarters, plant and equipment are well down the list as crucial drivers of their success.  Despite this, Republicans act as though their subsidization of capital spending has stimulative qualities.  Maybe it would have over 100 years ago when the U.S.'s top companies included Ford, GE and GM, but not so much now.  The plant and equipment portion of the GOP's tax plan addresses an early 20th century U.S. economy, and for it subsidizing a return to what mattered long ago, the tax plan has anti-growth qualities to it. 

As for repatriation of profits earned overseas and that are "stranded" overseas by onerous taxation stateside, there's nothing to this assertion.  While the corporate tax should be zero since it amounts to a double taxation of individual earnings (individuals own corporations, always and everywhere), and while there should be no tax on the repatriation of earnings realized overseas, simple logic tells us that U.S. companies aren't materially affected by taxes on profits brought back to the U.S.  Lest we forget, the only closed economy is the world economy.  Overseas earnings, like ones achieved domestically, are deposited in banks or with other financial intermediators.  Once they are, they're immediately directed to their highest use, including growth opportunities in the U.S. 

And for corporations with substantial overseas earnings and that have domestic designs on their deployment, they can borrow the money while actually deducting from their tax bill (another pointless subsidy, but nonetheless one that exists) the interest paid on monies borrowed.  Translated, there's nothing that reasonably resembles a substantial barrier to repatriation of overseas profits.  While there should once again be neither a corporate tax nor a tax on earnings repatriated, the very notion of "stranded money" presumes that companies literally warehouse their foreign earnings in the proverbial corporate basement. 

So while the Republicans should be cheered for pursuing tax cuts and/or reform, the corporate portion of their plan requires more than a shrug for it having the potential to needlessly subsidize the past to the economy's certain detriment.  And as tax cuts are improperly scored on a dollar for dollar basis, wasted tax cuts have the potential to limit the good, very good and wonderful of income, capital gains, and estate tax (repeal, hopefully) cuts.  Amazon's relocation efforts are useful when it comes to understanding what the GOP gets wrong in its pursuit of what has the potential to be very good and very important. 

John Tamny is editor of RealClearMarkets, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks, and a senior economic adviser to Toreador Research and Trading ( He's the author of Who Needs the Fed? (Encounter Books, 2016), along with Popular Economics (Regnery, 2015). 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Do You Have Hurricane Anxiety Fatigue After Harvey and Irma? This One's For You

MEET TOM HORNER OF TAMPA, FLORIDA.  He lives in his Chevy Impala for the past year. He was near the gas station when the hurricane blew into town. So what did he do?

 Mark Puente of the Times has the story:


Tom Horner wanted to make sure he could get gas for his Chevy Impala, his home. In fact, the 60-year-old was sitting in his wheelchair next to a pump at a Thorntons convenience store Monday  though it was still closed.

He had no idea when it would open.

"I only have an eighth of a tank," Horner said. "I can't get anywhere."

Horner, who said he has been living in his car for a year, rode out the storm nestled in the car wash at Thorntons at Starkey and Ulmerton roads.

"It was sturdy and had concrete walls," he said. "It wasn't the brightest idea, but I had nowhere else to go. I was scared to death when all the transformers blew."

He said he doesn't like shelters.

"They have too many rules," he said, rubbing his hip. "I don't like people telling me what to do."
He said he plans to sit at Thorntons until it opens. He said he ran his car all night to keep the air conditioner running.

"I'm stuck without gas," he said.
My kinda guy. Wish I could buy Tom a tank of gas when Thorntons finally reopens.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please Pray For Each and Every Person, Family and Creature In the Path Of Irma


Friday, September 8, 2017

Pray, Then Pray Some More---How Hurricane Irma Compares To Andrew

MY SIMPLE MIND SIMPLY CAN'T WRAP AROUND THIS MONSTROUS HURRICANE. May God have mercy on them and us all. This, along with Hurricane Harvey, will have repercussions on our country for years. More from POWERLINE blog.

RIP Don Williams, 78, Today After A Short Illness

THESE ARE MY TWO FAVS BY DON. REAL COUNTRY the way country was meant to be. More at TENNESSEAN.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Amid Prayers for Mercy, The Good I Pray Could Come From the Monstrous Irma... Help Heal Ongoing Environmental Mega-Disaster In the Everglades and S. FL

COULD ONE CATASTROPHIC ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER HELP HEAL ANOTHER? Perhaps. It appears that Irma will make landfall and go straight up the center of the state.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Kimberly Strassel---The Left's War On Free Speech and How It's Happening

  WELL WORTH A LISTEN FOR ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN FREE SPEECH. Dennis Prager interviews Kimberly Strassel on her book The Intimation Game, How the Left is Silencing Free Speech. It's happening on the state level. It's happening with state campaign finance laws, the IRS and many other federal agencies. This is so important to know and understand. It bears repeating.   Long but worth listening to. This focus on free speech in our country is Strassel's speciality and should be our deep concern.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday---Psalm 46

    a very present[b] help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

NOTE from Mike at One Year Bible Blog :

Psalm 46 represents a song of hope celebrating the certain triumph of God’s kingdom – even in the midst of times of severe trouble. This Psalm served as the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous Hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” 
I would encourage you to keep this Psalm in your “back-pocket” as a Psalm to meditate upon whenever you personally might be going through times of severe trouble – or whenever our world might be going through times of severe trouble. 

Near the end of this Psalm in verse 10 we will read a tiny little verse that I think is the key to this Psalm – “Be still, and know that I am God.” If you are going through a time of trouble in your life right now, will you take some time to meditate upon Psalm 46 and in particular verse 10? What does it mean to you to “Be still, and know that I am God?” Do you believe that being still during times of trouble can draw you closer to God? Will you be still today before God? In this stillness will you seek to know that He is indeed God? Even in the midst of whatever might be troubling you, will you seek to know that I AM is your God?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Flash Flooding, In-the-Country Edition


SINCE THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO TODAY WE'VE BEEN POUNDED WITH SHEETS OF RAIN AND FLASH FLOODING FROM WHAT'S LEFT OF HARVEY. It seems to be petering out now and moving on north, though not without some residual damage.  Here in the country where I live flash floods can come on powerfully, crest and go back down quickly because there's so much porous soil to absorb the extra water.

Here's a great scene at the end of my road this morning.  Rain flooded the field of freshly mowed and baled hay, then carried it downstream before depositing under the STOP sign.

While this soggy mess is undoubtedly a pain to the farmer who recently worked the field, it's surely better to have hay moved or destroyed in the flood plain than a home and everything you own get destroyed.  A reminder that flood plains are designed for high water flooding, even if it only happens every 500 or a 1,000 years.

All this power from a little creek that was only a trickle yesterday. The stream is doing exactly what it was designed to do. And it'll be back to its normal trickle in 4-5 days.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Harvey Art

COMPLIMENTS OF MY FAVORITE NEW WEBSITE:  Space City Weather. I like hype-free, drama-free, catastrophe-free news and weather---and everything for that matter.  Today it's all exaggerated to get hits and people riled up and anxious. It's laborious, predictable, manipulative.

Anyway, from the Space City Weather site today:

Wednesday, 7:50am CT—It is an absolutely amazing morning in Houston—humidity is low for August, temperatures are in the low 70s, and the sun can be seen as it rises above the eastern horizon. The only trace of our recently departed Hurricane Harvey is some northwesterly winds gusting into the mid-20s. But even those should die down today.

Speaking of Harvey, the storm has made its final landfall this morning, and is now located near Lake Charles, La. The storm continues to lash the Beaumont and Port Arthur area with rains (because clearly Harvey has a seething hatred for all things Texas), and they are seeing similar conditions as Houston earlier this week. Those areas should begin clearing later today too as Harvey moves steadily northeast. Let’s discuss the forecast, and also address the concerns some of you have about tropical weather next week.....

Today: Skies will be partly sunny, and we expect high temperatures to rise into the upper 80s. Rain chances should be near zero. Brisk northwesterly winds will help drain bayous, too.

The National Weather Service this morning urged people not to “sightsee” in damaged areas as the weather improves, and I would echo these sentiments. There are still dangers in some areas—and let’s be honest, if your home was destroyed would you want gawkers coming by to survey the damage? Heck no. Respect your fellow citizens, and the first responders taking the first steps to getting our city on the road to recovery.
I like it when people say Heck no and Heck yes. It's so down home and unpretentious.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Space City Weather Is Glad Houston Is Finally Showing Harvey the Door!



Tuesday, 2:05pm CT— Good afternoon. Another dreary day across much of the region as Harvey (finally!) begins to slowly pick up some speed and pull away. Thankfully the Houston area has seen minimal additional rains today, with most places across the hardest hit spots earlier in the week at or below one inch of new rain. Today’s hardest hit location is clearly Galveston.

Now and Tonight

Harvey is a shell of what it once was, but it’s trying to take up a new lease on life as it leaves our area.

Harvey trying to reorganize a bit as it begins to exit the region. (GR Level 3)
Harvey has been hammering Galveston all morning with heavy rain over 7″ total today, along with strong winds. Gusts over 50 mph have occurred at times on the island. This will continue as Harvey pulls away, but with a slight downward trend eventually.
Rains have really cut back around Houston, which is great news for us. Our neighbors to the east are unfortunately now in a serious predicament with extremely heavy rain pointed at the Beaumont and Port Arthur area. These areas have been similarly battered by rainfall since the weekend. Heavy rains will lash that area through this evening, worsening a bad situation. Some additional rains may redevelop tonight over Houston, but around the city, rain totals today will be the lowest they’ve been since at least Saturday.

Tomorrow and Beyond

Harvey is on its way, and it will make landfall late tonight or tomorrow morning likely in Cameron Parish, LA or near Port Arthur. We should see rain risk trend downward tomorrow with just a few showers, mostly in the morning and amounts should be mainly inconsequential as it relates to flooding. Skies may not clear out completely, but many of you will see sunshine tomorrow I project. We will stay dry into the weekend before at least some rain chances (hopefully mostly scattered stuff and nothing too organized) returns to the picture after Labor Day. We’ll have more on that once we dust ourselves off after Harvey’s exit.
Posted at 2:05 PM Tuesday by Matt

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Another Eclipse, Wake Me When It's Total

THANKS TO GOOD FRIEND JUDYC for sending me this clever image.

How I Finally Healed Dry, Cracking Heels and Feet After Years and Years of Trying

THIS IS NOT AN AD. BUT IF YOU, LIKE ME,  HAVE SUFFERED FROM DRY CRACKED HEELS and feet for decades after trying literally everything under the sun, then you might be interested in how I found a 'cure' quite by accident.

I promise to be mercifully brief.

Beautiful, soft feet were never my strong suit.  Plus I have always been hard on my feet and shoes.  I walk, hike, fly fish and regularly meander around river rocks and silt in sandels and tevas.  The dry, dusty climate in Jackson, Wyoming only added to my problem in summers.

When I was guiding and standing in river water for five or six days at a time,  I would bemoan the condition of my feet and heels----dry, cracking with river silt that wouldn't scrub out for months.  I tried everything to remedy this.  I was too embarrassed to  go for a pedicure which was terribly painful anyway.

If I was invited to a party in Jackson after days of guiding in rocky streams and moving about on dusty trails,  I had a routine I would go through to make my feet somewhat acceptable to enter polite society:  after showering,  I got a large bucket, a big scrub brush and a bottle of full-strength Clorox     and then would soak and scrub my feet and heels in a solution of water and bleach as best I could.   Then I would dry them well, put lots of lanolin and lotion on and sometime paint my toenails (which would only last a day with my lifestyle.)  I was ready for a party!

It was a temporary fix but it's the only thing I could think to do.  I also bought and tried all sorts of gear to work on my tough skin.  Nothing really worked for long and often made it worse.

When I would get back to Tennessee after months in Wyoming,  I would do endless google and other searches for answers......I tried everything.

Then last year by complete accident,  it happened:  I found a 'cure.'    For reasons not related to the problem I had with my feet,  I decided to stop eating eggs----I was eating between 5-10 eggs per week.  Within two weeks, I noticed that my feet and heels looked better, younger.  I thought it was just my imagination but continued on my egg fast.  Within two  months, my feet were totally rejuvenated.

I will never know why eggs caused my cracked, dry heel problems.  Sulfer?  Who knows and everyone's biochemistry is different? What I do know is that my tootsies now look and feel normal and healthy.

Yesterday,  I treated myself to  a pedicure and foot massage (without any polish on my toes) with Ann at Bellevue Nails and she made my feet---fresh back from the wilds of Wyoming but in good condition for once----feel like royalty.   I am grateful and thrilled about this.  And yes,  I still eat an occasional egg or omelette with emphasis on occasional.  In between once a month pedicures,  I use an inexpensive pumice stick, a rich lotion and Vaseline at night (sometimes with socks)  on my precious, now dainty as a baby's bottom feet and heels and feel like a million. The Lord works in mysterious ways. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Please Pray for Mercy for Those In Harvey's Path

PLEASE JOIN ME TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND IN PRAYING FOR ALL PEOPLE IN HARVEY'S PATH AND HARMS WAY.  This will be catastrophic in so many ways---- prolonged rain,
water and massive flooding, high tides, wind, then mildew, mold and horrific heat in the aftermath.  Many are about to lose everything they have and will need an outpouring of our country's amazing generosity.  But first, let's pray and pray for this situation and the people and first responders who will be there to help in so many ways.

Monday, August 21, 2017

WOW! Lindsey Graham Hearts President Trump


CAN I   REALLY BELIEVE MY EYES AND EARS?  Tonight was the first,  FIRST, time ever I've heard Sen. Lindsey Graham gush praise on President Trump.  It was in response to Trump's extremely well-done Afghanistan speech tonight at Fort Myers, VA.

I totally support Trump's decision to undo some of the foreign policy mess created by Obama in Afghanistan (and Iraq) that allowed terrorist to thrive and fester. I totally agree with Sen. Graham's praise of the president.  While we're at it,  Graham was right to take Sen. Rand Paul to task for his opposing this new direction.  Paul, a diehard libertarian pacifist, is wrong on this and he's been wrong for years.

It's late, but before I end this post,  I want to say that Trump's hair looked THE BEST I've ever seen it.  He looked 10 years younger and very presidential. Ten years younger and very consequential.

Rolling Totality Near the Cumberland River

DARKNESS WAS NOT TOTAL DARKNESS AT 1:28 pm, BUT CLOSE ENOUGH AS THE FAR HORIZONS AND DISTANT CLOUDS RADIATED LIGHT BACK TO US FROM ALL AROUND. Temperatures dropped briefly as twilight descended for almost an hour before blistering heat in the mid-nineties returned for the rest of the day. Traffic and crowds were way over-rated and the people we saw were friendly, completely sober and totally involved in this amazing phenomenon. I put together a picnic lunch for us of fried chicken, cole slaw, pimento cheese and lots of ice water. It hit the spot! It was wonderful seeing this total eclipse---and watching it via webcam in Jackson Hole (and communicating with friends there). Yet, I wouldn't go out of my way to travel a long distance to see another one anytime soon. Once is perfect!

Webcams of Solar Eclipse In Grand Teton National Park

THIS WEBCAM MAY WORK FOR VIEWING ECLIPSE IN JACKSON HOLE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IT MAY NOT. Important to note that the eclipse cannot be viewed with the Tetons in the background. Rather it can only be seen with our backs to those mountains and facing east. Here's a link to other webcams in the Valley that could be fun to watch. I will be viewing it with friends at the TWRA Dove Fields outside Ashland City, TN and on the Cumberland River. There will be about 2 minutes of totality with chiggars, heat and humidity where I am. Still a spectacular celestial event and zero chance of rain and clouds!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse 101


Sunday: An OT Story of Overcoming Slavery, Forgiveness and Reconciliation


1 THEN JOSEPH COULD NOT CONTROL himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have.

11 There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

16 When the report was heard in Pharaoh's house, “Joseph's brothers have come,” it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go back to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.’ 19 And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Have no concern for[a] your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

21 The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five changes of clothes. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision for his father on the journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”

25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse Fever Everywhere!

I LEFT JACKSON HOLE MONDAY PARTIALLY TO GET AWAY FROM ECLIPSE MANIA AND MAJOR TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK IN GTNP.  Back here in Tennessee, it promises be just as chaotic and crowded as there.  Some news outlets are reporting up to a million eclipse tourists will be crowding into Music City this weekend into Monday.  Whether that materializes or not,  I plan to stay out in the country.

Will write more and certainly try to blog the eclipse live.  That, of course, depends on the connectivity and whether Verizon is in overload or not. Nonetheless, it should be quite a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Stay tuned....I've found a terrific spot away from most of the maddening crowds, or at least that's what I think.....we'll see.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Few Words About President Trump's Demise With A Very Opposing Opinion



SOMETIME LAST YEAR, LONG BEFORE TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, I wrote a post saying I did not think he had the disposition of a politician or diplomat, someone in the political class. I said he was an entrepreneur who had a free-wheeling disposition for whomever was like him and could tolerate and work with him in the private sector. Today, nothing has changed that opinion. I fact, his behavior to date proves that to me even more. Right, wrong or otherwise, I do not think President Donald Trump, as president, is in his element. I think he's more in his milieu in the private sector. I see him as a man who cannot take constructive feedback for his and his country's greater good, even and especially from those who are successful and want him to succeed. I see him as a man who, when he makes a free-wheeling/ shooting-from-the-hip mistake, proceeds to dig, dig, dig himself deeper and deeper into the grave. How much further and deeper can this man dig before he either sees the light and turns around, or sees nothing but dirt and darkness and is forced to resign due to his own hubris and pride? So sad.

THEN AS IF TO TOTALLY REBUT MY ABOVE POST, Jake Novak @ CNBC tells me I'm wrong, and asks why haven't I learned of Trump's political resilience by now? OK already. Hope I'm wrong on this. Glad Novak thinks this way.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday: Pastor Mike Atkins On James 1-- How Double-Mindedness Makes A Man Unstable

 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fire and Smoke Season in Jackson Hole and the West

I'VE MADE UP MY MIND AND AM GOING TO BE STICKING TO IT: This will be the last August I spend in Jackson Hole. I may visit for a few weeks in June or in July,  maybe.  But never again in August---not even for a few days like this year since my children are arriving today. It's just too smoky. Even though we don't have big fires currently right here in the Valley, there are tons of grass and forest fires to the west of us in Idaho, Montana and Washington.

Jackson Hole is a big geological bowl and downwind of anything on fire.  It collects air pollution like a dry sponge collects water.  Then holds onto it, like a dog with a bone. Only a good blizzard in early September will begin to knock it down and out....until the whole thing blows up and in again next year.

It goes without saying that this kind of air pollution---it's like being in a room with a dozen chain smokers---is not good for anyone's health.  But it's really detrimental to people with respiratory and heart disease.  So don't come then and save your breath and your money. When you book in advance and pay for your stay at a ranch or condo, it's very unlikely they'll give you your  money back, unless they can rebook it which is highly unlikely at the last minute.

There's also terrible traffic gridlock here every August.  I feel like I'm on the NJ Turnpike with about as many cars, SUVs, trucks, campers and bikers as I've seen anywhere.  Amazing how it's changed in the last 30 years.  The roads and infrastructure simply can't handle it all and so we have gridlock at various times of day. I shudder to think what it will be like this time next week---when I'll be almost back to Tennessee--as throngs of humanity arrive to partake of the total solar eclipse.  Most people I know, are leaving to go far away or staying put,  at home.

It may be hard to break my Jackson, Wyoming summer habit with so many friends and history here. I'll have to see them only briefly here and then in other parts of the country at other times.  But JH in  and for longer stays is soon to be in my rear view mirror

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, Putting On the Full Armor of God...For We Do Not Struggle Against Flesh And Blood, But Rather the Powers and Principalities Of Darkness....


EPHESIANS 6: 10-20

10 FINALLY,  BE STRONG IN THE LORD and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. 

To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Poutchi Catches A Beautiful, Fat Cutthroat In the Snake River Canyon With Guide Mike Janssen

THERE'S SIMPLY NOTHING MORE FUN IN SUMMER HERE THAN CATCHING A BIG, HEALTHY NATIVE CUTTHROAT ON A FLY, especially in the biggest, highest and most dangerous water in JH.

Yesterday good friend Poutchi Janssen,  her son, premier fly fishing guide Mike Janssen,  and I ventured into the mighty, dangerous waters of the Snake River Canyon to scare up a few fish.  We had a blast as we weathered the rapids of The Big Kahuna,  Lunch Counter and Champagne Rapids.

There's nothing more Jackson Hole for me than the excitement of catching a great fish (And for every 100 good fish, there is only ONE truly great fish that I remember through the ages---it always comes after a struggle.).  I have about 10-15 fabulous great fish in my 35 years of fly fishing .) Poutchi deserved this fish and a good round of applause was had by all! It's what you remember and dream of in the dark days of winter. Congratulations Poutchi!

BELOW, the waters are so treacherous in the canyon that there were NO other fishing guides with the boats or the skills who were fishing the canyon  at these levels on Thursday--(three people drowned here in July---incredulously, two without wearing life jackets.) There are only two guides I would  ever go through this heavy water with:  Mike Janssen and Paul B, both with whom I have had many happy and safe floats with over the years.  Safely is always JOB ONE whether you catch a fish or not.  Catching is icing on my cake. And Poutchi and I had some good icing in the Canyon on Thursday.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Great Coming In For A Landing At Sunset

COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A BETTER TRIP  BACK WITH FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN AND FRIENDS, AND NO COMPUTER.  It's also so nice to be back in Jackson for a few more action-packed weeks.

MOST HILARIOUS TRUMP QUOTE OF THE DAY:  WHITE HOUSE  A REAL DUMP Actually, I don't doubt that for a minute.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catching A Flight Early Thursday, Not Taking My Computer...

TAKING AN EARLY MORNING FLIGHT THURSDAY.  I WILL HAVE  LITTLE CONNECTIVITY FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. Decided to go on a news fast without my computer so I can better focus on family and friends for a few days and attempt to leave as much of the news behind, if that's possible.  I do have my phone.

Next week,  I'll be back to Wyoming for two more weeks before fleeing the mayhem and major traffic gridlock expected here for the total solar eclipse going through the Tetons.  Instead,  I'll go back to Middle  Tennessee---where I belong--- and see that same eclipse from some of the remote hills and hollows there, God willing.

Thanks for coming by.  God bless.

God bless America.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

IBD Editorial: Mueller's Russia Probe Is Morphing Into A Political Hit Job/Witch Hunt; Either Rein Him In Or Fire Him

I AGREE WITH THE IBD EDITORIAL BELOW. It appears that Mueller's investigation---which is a boon doggle to begin with---has exploded far outside its mandated bounds into a far-reaching witch hunt to destroy President Donald Trump's presidency and overturn the 2016 election results.

This investigation is judicial  unprofessionalism and desperation at its worst and needs to be halted at all costs, even in spite of  Democrats' threats of a coup. We're already experiencing a coup attempt.

 Mueller needs to be reined in or fired soon. Here is a piece from today's Investor's Business Daily:
Firing Mueller: If recent reports are true, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has veered sharply off course to investigate matters that have nothing to do with Russia's tampering with our 2016 election.

He either has to be reeled in to do the job he was hired to do, or fired.

This isn't supposed to happen under American law, where a person can be given the task of an open investigation on someone with the end-goal of finding something, anything, that he or she has ever done that is illegal. That's the kind of thing that was routinely done in places like the Soviet Union, in which laws meant nothing and ideology and politics everything.

America has always been different. We have defined our nation as a nation guided by the rule of law — "a nation of laws and not men," as our Founders liked to say.

When Mueller was first named to look into allegations that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to tilt the election, we thought it was a bad idea driven by the Democrats' rage, not by any real concerns about Russian collusion. After all, when the book on U.S.-Russian/Soviet diplomacy is finally written, it will show collusion was basically a pillar of Democratic foreign policy from the 1970s on — from Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Now, with his investigation linking the Trump campaign to any kind of actual collusion with the Russian government apparently going nowhere, Mueller has decided to broaden the investigation, according to news reports. If so, it's beyond his brief as a Special Counsel and he should be told to stick to what he's supposed to do.

This isn't a political talking point; it's a legal necessity.

As Bloomberg reports, "The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump's businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe."

If this is true, it marks a significant departure from the agreed-upon limits of the original investigation.

One of the things Mueller's apparently looking at is Russian purchases of Trump apartments, Trump's involvement in a New York development with Russian partners, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and the sale of Trump's Florida mansion to a Russian billionaire all the way back in 2008.
Again, Bloomberg: "Agents are also interested in dealings with the Bank of Cyprus, where Wilbur Ross served as vice chairman before he became commerce secretary. In addition, they are examining the efforts of Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior aide, to secure financing for some of his family's real-estate properties."

Bloomberg notes that "The roots of Mueller's follow-the-money investigation lie partly in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year," according to a source. (Note: Trump fired Bharara this year after he refused the Justice Department's entirely legal, and politically routine, order to request resignations from 46 Obama-era lawyers in Bharara's office.)

Mueller's limited investigation has now turned into a free-for-all investigation in which he is looking to find a crime, any crime, that he can even remotely attach to Donald Trump's past activities — whether related to the Russia-collusion scandal or not. That will give the Democrats what they wanted all along: An all-purpose reason to pursue impeachment charges against Trump.
We see it as little more than an attempt at a legal coup, an attempt to overturn the results of a lawful election.

Let us remind you what Mueller's job was defined as being at the start of all this, courtesy of the Legal Insurrection blog (emphasis theirs): "The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including: (i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)."

In short, Mueller isn't empowered to do this extraordinarily wide-ranging investigation into all things Trump.

Predictably, Democrats are in a feeding frenzy over this, with Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut warning on "Morning Joe" that if Trump fires Mueller, it will set off an "absolute firestorm."

That may be true. But the firestorm could burn both ways, especially after people discover that at least seven of Mueller's hires for his investigative team have contributed a total of $60,787.77 to Democratic candidates for office, including Hillary Clinton.

What started out as a limited investigation into fairly restricted set of allegations has now morphed into a wide-ranging inquisition, with the president as its ultimate target — and both justice and the sanctity of our electoral system the victims.

There are remedies for Mueller's overreach.

"The special counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general," according to the Code of Federal Regulation. "The attorney general may remove a special counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of departmental policies. The attorney general shall inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his or her removal."

Since Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the case, the job falls to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to officially admonish Mueller that he is now operating out of bounds.

If Mueller doesn't contain his investigation to its legally defined bounds, Rosenstein has not only the clear authority to fire him, he has the duty to do so.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trump To Replace Jeff Sessions With Rudy Giuliani At Justice?


I AM A GREAT FAN OF JEFF SESSIONS and think he's a man of strength and integrity. 

That said,  Session's recusal from all things Russia investigation---whether it was wise or not---has certainly strained his relationship with President Trump. Now we see Trump is thinking of firing Sessions and hiring his old friend, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani to replace Sessions.

Whether this is fake news remains to be seen.  I must say I like Giuliani also and think he projects a  tough guy, no nonsense leadership persona that gets things done.  If it happens,  it would probably be established from the start that Giuliani would NOT recuse himself and the slate would be wiped clean at Justice.  We can only wait and see, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happens.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday---Romans 8:9-25, Waiting With Patience


ROMANS 8: 9-25 (ESV)

YOU, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[a] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Heirs with Christ

12 So then, brothers,[b] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[c] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Mighty Snake Still Running High, Fast and Cloudy For Late July

WE HAD A GREAT TIME FISHING THE SALT RIVER THURSDAY in between wind, rain and high, off-color, fast water.  No matter, we caught some small fish, had lots of laughs and thanked God that we could be outside and on that beautiful river, come rain or shine.  Today,  I was scouting the Snake back in Jackson Hole.

I am a dry fly fisherwoman.  And it's not yet great dry fly fishing in these parts.  So we put a nymph dropper on the dry fly to increase our chances of getting a strike.  I am not crazy about this technique, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shall We Go Fishing Today?

WILL TRY TO POST SOME PICS FROM MY PHONE....if there's anything worthwhile.

Then, a dark storm and wind approaches.

Roger Simon Offers Donald Trump Some Advice He Ought To Take: Act Bored (AKA Chill, Employ Benign Neglect Etc)

GREAT ADVICE AND WISDOM FROM ROGER SIMON TODAY.  Undoubtedly not the first time (nor the last) he's heard it, but Trump should listen to those people who want his presidency to succeed.  A little well placed boredom goes a long way in Washington, even boredom with healthcare legislation (See John Tamny's piece below.)

 Roger writes:
Donald Trump is not the laid-back type.  He never seems to be bored.  Indeed, he never seems to sleep or let the slightest thing go, tweeting away about almost anything at an hour most of us are trying to get a little precious shut-eye. Nothing goes by without a comment from Donald.
Over a year ago,  I said he had  a signal-to-noise problem. Although that wasn't a particularly original observation, it was certainly true.

I have some advice for Donald on how to solve this. For the good of your presidency, for the good of all of us, cultivate the fine art of boredom.
That doesn't mean you have to stay in bed all day like Oblomov in the brilliant Russian novel of the same name.  Just yawn a bit and look the other way.

And speaking of Russians, the boredom can start right there, with this whole asinine Russia kerfuffle. Be bored with it.  Trust me, everyone is already seriously bored with it themselves, with the exception of some dimwits at CNN who insist on stupefying their own already diminished and stupefied audience until there is no one left.  Leave this one to the lawyers. They're used to belaboring the trivial to death.  That's what we pay them for.

And while you're at it, be bored with mid-level celebrities. Hell, make that all celebrities. Trust me again: there's no one more boring than that crew -- A list, B list or C list. Who cares what Joe Scarborough or Rosie O'Donnell thinks?  Ask your "deplorables."  I can assure you that they don't. Ignore those celebs and they'll vanish into thin air.
Object lesson: Megyn Kelly. She was once your nemesis but she's so boring she's going away all by herself without your saying a word. See what silence (and a little boredom) can do.
And finally -- and I know others will think I'm crazy for saying so -- be bored with healthcare... but don't tell anybody or they'll hate you for it. You were right in the first place.  It's too complicated. And not just for you -- for everybody.  Nobody understands it, not even that genius Dr. Charles Krauthammer.  He admitted as much on Tucker Carlson's show, which, as a constant viewer, no doubt you saw yourself.  No one is ever going to figure out healthcare because there is no satisfactory answer. In other words, much as I regret to say it, be bored with it.  Move on.  Trust me a third time -- people will still go to the doctor when they're sick.

First of all, there's taxes. Unlike healthcare, everyone understands that. And as it happens, the Wall Street Journal just reported another record in the mountain of cash U.S. tech companies are keeping abroad to avoid the ridiculously high U.S. corporate tax rate.
A pretty penny, all waiting for someone to lower that rate and bring the booty back home.  And think what could be done with it.  Here's a suggestion -- make a deal with Apple, Microsoft, et al. If they invest some of their multiple foreign billions in our inner cities, they'll get an even bigger tax break.
Speaking of breaks, that could break the back of the hideous Democratic Party identity politics our black populations have been living under for so many years. Do it. Now. Don't look back.
But that's only one place to go, if you're looking forward and not backwards at all the envious swamp critters  nipping at your heels. By paying attention to them, you only give them impetus to nip more, take bigger bites until....
As I said, be bored instead.  And if you're still angry and can't really be bored, do the next best thing -- act bored!

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media.  His latest book is I Know Best:  How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If  It Hasn't Already. He tweets @rogerlsimon.

A Brush With Reality: John Tamny's Wisdom On Healthcare the Success of the Healthcare Non-Repeal


WITHOUT DEFENDING the misnamed Affordable Care Act for even a second, implicit in the clamor to repeal it is that healthcare abundance existed right up until 2010.  Let's be serious.  Never acknowledged by either Party is that the fastest way to create scarcity and deformation of goods and services is to legislate access to it.  If the same had been done with cars, computers and smartphones in 1900, 1950, and 2000, all three would be a fraction of their amazing selves today.  The answer to the ACA isn't repeal of one bad central planning idea in return for another as much as it's doing nothing.  The ACA will die on its own, after which politicians should do nothing.  Markets will soon form if they sit on their hands.  RealClearMarkets. 
Why Would Republicans Repeal What Is Already Dying?

The alleged failure of Republicans to repeal the mis-named Affordable Care Act (ACA) predictably has the conservative punditry up in arms.  "Why Can't Republicans Get Anything Done?" was one of many frustrated headlines lamenting the GOP's lack of legislative success.  One editorial asserted that Republican failure to 'do something' about the ACA "is one of the great political failures in recent U.S. history, and the damage will echo for years." Really?

Implicit in all the conservative ranting about the need to repeal, or worse, fix the ACA, is that healthcare was a consumers' paradise before President Obama was elected.  Let's try to be serious for a moment.  Repeal of the ACA would have been an impressive headline, but the short and long-term politics of repeal for Republicans would have been worse than doing nothing.  That is so because expectations about a looming nirvana would have been created, only for healthcare to at best return to its less-than-stellar-self that existed before passage of the ACA in 2010. Importantly, none of what's been written so far should be construed as support of the ACA.  It was foolish legislation, and evidence supporting the previous contention is that the ACA was already dying before our eyes.  No surprise there.

 Legislation meant to give some Americans a lot for a little with a lot taken from others in return for very little was bound to fail.  The ACA was plainly imploding as the constant rush of insurance companies out of ACA exchanges revealed in bright colors.  Why abolish what the laws of economics were already abolishing? And that's why the half-measures offered by Republican compromisers were plainly worse than simply doing nothing.  Why legislate away one central plan in return for an allegedly improved central plan; essentially exchanging bad legislation for bad legislation on top of what already wasn't working before 2010? The politics of repeal or partial repeal spoke to the horror of Washington doing anything to legislate a right to what was and is a market good like any other.

Not discussed enough by either side is that it's impossible to invent a right to a good or service of any kind to begin with.  This is certainly true with regard to healthcare when we remember that it didn't realistically exist until the 20th century.  Lest we forget, in the 19th it was a death sentence if you were shot in the abdomen.  If you broke your femur, you had 1 in 3 odds of dying.  Broken hip? Dead.  Cancer? Forget about it.  You were going to die.  Legislation didn't reverse the previously mentioned odds as much as trial and error in the area of healing led to healing advances such that a market eventually formed.  The shame here is that politicians discovered healthcare in the first place.  Imagine how much more advanced we'd be had they left what was advancing alone All of the above has seemingly been ignored by Republicans ever eager to prove they're as compassionate as their reliably hysterical opponents on the other side of the aisle. 

And there lies the problem.  Much as healthcare didn't broadly exist when the 20th century dawned, so were automobiles the microscopic exception to the horse rule.  Imagine if politicians, sensing what few did about the car's potential, had legislated broad access to what very few owned.  If so, it's safe to say that the American automobile industry would never have taken shape mainly because politicians can't possibly divine what we want, let alone need. 

The car evolved into a common good thanks to relentless experimentation that occurred alongside a 99% percent failure rate for American car companies. Thinking about the computer, while few could get by without one today, as late as 1943 IBM Chairman Tom Watson confidently asserted that the market for computers wouldn't expand beyond five.  Decades later, and billions worth of failed companies later, the computer is the can't-live-without rule, including the supercomputers that increasingly line the pockets of rich and poor alike. 

At present, politicians in both major political parties are thinking about ways to spend trillions in tax dollars on enhanced roads just as entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos are aggressively thinking of ways to deliver us goods and services by air, in the form of drones.  Yet conservatives are comfortable allowing Republicans to add more laws onto an already over-controlled healthcare market? Despite the historical truth that the present rarely predicts the future of goods and services, politicians in both parties pretend that they know what the market for healthcare should look like.  But how could they? For Republicans and Democrats to legislate a right to medical services in the present is every bit as lame-brained as it would have been had they legislated access to specific kinds of cars, computers and smartphones in 1900, 1950 and 2000.  Whatever they would have dreamed up for all three would have been a fraction of what intrepid entrepreneurs divined through feverish trial and error. 

Seemingly forgotten by Republicans is that legislation is the absolute worst way to solve any problem, real or imagined.  Particularly one involving goods and services created in the marketplace.  Lawmaking by definition deals with what is, while thriving markets are all about sleuthing what will be. We'll only arrive at what will be in the healthcare space insofar as individuals and businesses are free to experiment without limits, yet Republicans and Democrats in their infinite confusion are trying to create rights for people with what already is. Ok, but that's cruel.  It's the equivalent of politicians legislating access to the cars, computers and smartphones of today at a time when all three are likely on the verge of rapid evolution.  Healthcare is no different.  If the goal is that everyone should have access to it, the only response from Congress should be that it will cease legislating access to what it can't give, and more important, what it doesn't understand.  If so, watch healthcare markets evolve in an amazing ways that redound to us all.