Turning Over New Leaf

Friday, May 15, 2015

There Is No Shame


In light of the recent AMTRAK tragedy in Philadelphia, there was no shortage of cries from people like Nancy Pelosi to throw more money into the government railroad system. Besides being downright creepy, taking advantage of the tragedy to score political points is disgusting. Yet, there is a cry for more money to fix the AMTRAK government fiasco.

Since its inception, the government has spent $45 Billion of taxpayer funds to maintain the train system, and as expected, it loses $1.1 Billion every year. Like with most government programs, the answer is not more money. It is well-managed, well-spent money. If privatized, we would probably create thousands of good jobs, upgrade the country’s infrastructure, and be able to get from New York to Seattle in one day/night trip. If privatized, key employees would probably be required to have more specialized qualifications than those of a typical department store cashier. But that, of course, would be unfair. So we will keep throwing money at the problem, even though it has not worked in fifty years.

Ms. Pelosi, we don't have to be railroad experts or government bureaucrats to know that the recent tragedy had nothing to do with the budget. It had something to do with traveling 106 MPH in a 50 MPH zone while approaching a curve. Just keep spewing your nonsense. 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

If Babe Ruth Used Steroids, He Could Have Been the All-time Homerun Champion


A National Football League investigation found that Tom Brady "was at least generally aware" of plans by two Patriots employees to deflate footballs. As a result, he has been suspended for four games, and the Patriots lost two top draft choices and the organization was fined $1 million.

Forget the political scandals and the politically correct crimes that are summarily excused due to “sensitivity.” There is no greater issue in the U.S.A. than “Deflate-gate.” What a sensible decision, even though Tom could have beaten the Colts by throwing a bowling ball. Every American should be judged by the “at least generally aware" criteria, so nobody could use the term “double standard” in our society.

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